Kerley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Kerley is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Kerley family lived at Kirkley, a township in the parish of Poneteland in the county of Northumberland. The family name Kerley became popular in England after the Norman Conquest, when William the Conqueror gave his friends and relatives most of the land formerly owned by Anglo-Saxon aristocrats.
Early Origins of the Kerley family
The surname Kerley was first found in Sussex where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Ashburnham, anciently Esseborne. These estates, including three salt houses, were granted to Robert de Criel, a Norman Knight, by William, Duke of Normandy for his assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D., and is so noted in the Domesday Book,  a survey taken of landholders in England in 1086. Robert de Criel was from the Castle of Criel near Criel-sur-Mer in the arrondisement of Dieppe. Part of the walls of this huge castle are still standing, and there are also traces of a moat. Robert's chief tenant was the Count of Eu.
Important Dates for the Kerley family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kerley research. Another 257 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1295, 1339, 1489, 1679, 1678, 1679, 1575, 1647, 1628, 1629, 1632, 1629, 1637, 1724 and are included under the topic Early Kerley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kerley Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Crull, Crul, Cruel, Criel, Cryle, Kriel, Krile, Crile, Kirle, Kyrle, Cyrle, Kreel, Creel, Crulle, Crule, Curl, Curle, Girl, Cryll and many more.
Early Notables of the Kerley family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Walter Curle (Curll) (1575-1647), an English bishop, a close supporter of William Laud, Bishop of Rochester in 1628, Bishop of Bath and Wells from 1629...
Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kerley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Kerley family to Ireland
Some of the Kerley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 58 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kerley migration to the United States
To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Kerley or a variant listed above:
Kerley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Edmund Kerley, aged 22, who arrived in New England in 1638 
- William Kerley, who arrived in New England in 1641 
- Henry Kerley, who arrived in Lancaster, Massachusetts in 1653 
Kerley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Edward Kerley, who landed in New York in 1836 
- Owen Kerley, who landed in New York in 1838 
Kerley migration to Canada
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Kerley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. Kerley Richard U.E. who settled in Carleton [Saint John West], New Brunswick, Canada c. 1784 
Kerley migration to New Zealand
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Kerley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Miss Mary Jane Kerley, (b. 1835), aged 23, English domestic servant from England travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Zealandia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st September 1858 
Contemporary Notables of the name Kerley (post 1700)
- Jack Kerley, American author
- David Kerley (b. 1957), correspondent for ABC News, based in Washington, D.C
- A. James Kerley, American academic, selected to be the President of Gulf Coast Community College in 2007
- Edward T. Kerley, American politician, Mayor of Flagstaff, Arizona, 1955-56 
- Neil Kerley (b. 1934), former Australian rules football player and coach
- James Kerley, Australian TV and radio presenter
- Henry Charles "Harry" Kerley, Australian rules footballer
- Ellis R. Kerley (1924-1998), Canadian anthropologist, pioneer in the field of forensic anthropology
- Sir Peter Kerley CVO (1900-1978), Irish radiologist, eponym of "Kerley B lines" which are a finding of congestive heart failure
Historic Events for the Kerley family
- Mr. William Thomas Kerley (d. 1912), aged 28, English Assistant Saloon Steward from Salisbury, Wiltshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by ASS Ottawa and was buried at sea 
- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
- ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html