Kerrick History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Kerrick is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in the village of Kerridge found in the parish of Prestbury in the county of Cheshire.

Early Origins of the Kerrick family

The surname Kerrick 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 Kerrick family

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

Kerrick 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 Kerrick family name include Kerridge, Kerrage, Kerrich, Kerriche, Kerysche and others.

Early Notables of the Kerrick family (pre 1700)

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


New Zealand Kerrick 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:

Kerrick Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Jonathan M Kerrick, (b. 1858), aged 20, Cornish farm labourer departing on 29th August 1878 aboard the ship "Waitara" going to Bluff or Otago, New Zealand arriving in port on 3rd December 1878 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kerrick (post 1700) +

  • W. O. Kerrick, American politician, Mayor of Santa Cruz, California, 1925-27 [3]
  • Thomas C. Kerrick, American politician, Delegate to Illinois State Constitutional Convention 26th District, 1920-22 [3]
  • J. W. Kerrick, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 16th District, 1883-85 [3]


The Kerrick 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.
  2. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to other ports, 1872 - 84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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