Kerredge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancient roots of the Kerredge family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Kerredge comes from when the family lived in the village of Kerridge found in the parish of Prestbury in the county of Cheshire.
Early Origins of the Kerredge family
The surname Kerredge was first found in Cheshire, in the village of Kerridge. The place name was derived from "key ridge." However, we must look to Suffolk for the earliest record of the family as John Kerrage was registered there in 1297. Two years later, the family "occurs in the records of Dunwich for 1299." 
Early History of the Kerredge family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kerredge research. Another 112 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1524, 1631, 1308, 1616, 1628, 1748 and 1828 are included under the topic Early Kerredge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kerredge Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Kerredge has appeared include Kerridge, Kerrage, Kerrich, Kerriche, Kerysche and others.
Early Notables of the Kerredge family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kerredge family
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Kerredge arrived in North America very early: John Kerridge, who was living in Haldimand County, Ontario in 1877; and Frederick John Kerridge, who was on record in Minneapolis in 1875.
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The Kerredge Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Nunquam Non Paratus
Motto Translation: Never unprepared.
- ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.