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Keasler is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Keasler family once lived in the settlement of Kearsley in Lancashire. The surname Keasler belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Keasler Early Origins



The surname Keasler was first found in Lancashire at Kearsley, now part of Greater Manchester. The first records of the place were found in 1187 when it was spelt Cherselawe and a few years later as Kereleie ( c. 1220. ) The name literally means "clearing where cress grows" having derived from the Old English words caerse + leah. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
There is another Kearsley, a township in the parish of Stamfordham, in Northumberland, but this township has remained rather small in comparison as a census in the late 1800s listed only 11 inhabitants, while the former township in Lancashire had 3,436 inhabitants in the same census.

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Keasler Spelling Variations


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Keasler Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Keasler family name include Kearsley, Kearsey, Keasley, Kersley and others.

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Keasler Early History


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Keasler Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keasler research. Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 121 and 1210 are included under the topic Early Keasler History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Keasler Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Keasler Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Keasler Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Keasler surname or a spelling variation of the name include: James Kearsley settled in Philadelphia in 1859.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Keasler (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Keasler (post 1700)



  • Michael E. Keasler, American Republican politician, Judge of Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
  • Hiram Keasler, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Passaic County, 1901-03
  • Fern L. Keasler, American politician, Independent Candidate for U.S. Senator from Tennessee, 1978
  • Bobby Keasler (b. 1945), American tenth head football coach for the University of Louisiana (1999-2002)
  • John Keasler, American former newspaper columnist for The Miami News

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  2. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  4. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  5. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  6. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  7. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  8. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  9. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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The Keasler Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Keasler Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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