The ancestors of the name Keasley date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in the settlement of Kearsley in Lancashire
. The surname Keasley belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Keasley family
The surname Keasley 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. 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.
Early History of the Keasley family
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Keasley Spelling Variations
Keasley has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Keasley have been found, including Kearsley, Kearsey, Keasley, Kersley and others.
Early Notables of the Keasley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Keasley family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Keasleys to arrive on North American shores: James Kearsley settled in Philadelphia in 1859.