Kerrege History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Kerrege name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived in the village of Kerridge found in the parish of Prestbury in the county of Cheshire.

Early Origins of the Kerrege family

The surname Kerrege 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." [1]

Early History of the Kerrege family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kerrege 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 Kerrege History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kerrege Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Kerrege has undergone many spelling variations, including Kerridge, Kerrage, Kerrich, Kerriche, Kerysche and others.

Early Notables of the Kerrege family (pre 1700)

Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kerrege Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Kerrege family

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Kerrege were among those contributors: John Kerridge, who was living in Haldimand County, Ontario in 1877; and Frederick John Kerridge, who was on record in Minneapolis in 1875.



The Kerrege 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.


  1. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.


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