Kerriche History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Kerriche is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Kerriche family once lived in the village of Kerridge found in the parish of Prestbury in the county of Cheshire.
Early Origins of the Kerriche family
The surname Kerriche 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 Kerriche family
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Kerriche 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 Kerriche family name include Kerridge, Kerrage, Kerrich, Kerriche, Kerysche and others.
Early Notables of the Kerriche family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kerriche family
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 Kerriche surname or a spelling variation of the name include: John Kerridge, who was living in Haldimand County, Ontario in 1877; and Frederick John Kerridge, who was on record in Minneapolis in 1875.
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.