Show ContentsKerridge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Kerridge date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Kerridge family lived in the village of Kerridge found in the parish of Prestbury in the county of Cheshire.

Early Origins of the Kerridge family

The surname Kerridge 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 Kerridge family

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

Kerridge Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Kerridge are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Kerridge include: Kerridge, Kerrage, Kerrich, Kerriche, Kerysche and others.

Early Notables of the Kerridge family (pre 1700)

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United States Kerridge migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Kerridge or a variant listed above:

Kerridge Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Frederick John Kerridge, who was on record in Minneapolis in 1875
  • William Kerridge, aged 30, who immigrated to the United States from Dundee, in 1893
Kerridge Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Herald Kerridge, aged 16, who landed in America from Kingston, Jamaica, in 1908
  • Edward Kerridge, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States from Flinton on Sea, England, in 1909
  • Harriett Kerridge, aged 64, who immigrated to America from Flinton on Sea, England, in 1909
  • Stephen Kerridge, aged 23, who settled in America from Walsham, England, in 1910
  • William Friday Kerridge, aged 24, who settled in America from Hopton, England, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Kerridge migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kerridge Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Kerridge, who was living in Haldimand County, Ontario in 1877
Kerridge Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Hettie Kerridge, aged 27, who settled in Winnipeg, Canada, in 1913
  • Thomas Kerridge, aged 1, who immigrated to Winnipeg, Canada, in 1913

Australia Kerridge migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Kerridge Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Kerridge, English convict who was convicted in Essex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Canton" on 20th September 1839, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [2]
  • Francis Kerridge, aged 45, a sawyer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Oriental,"
  • George Kerridge, aged 19, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Oriental,"
  • Eliza Kerridge, aged 15, a nursemaid, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Oriental,"

New Zealand Kerridge 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:

Kerridge Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Charles George Kerridge, (b. 1831), aged 19, British house servant travelling from London aboard the ship "Randolph" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand in September 1850 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kerridge (post 1700) +

  • Joseph Kerridge (b. 1992), American football fullback for the Green Bay Packers
  • Beth Cullen- Kerridge (b. 1970), English sculptor
  • Phyllis Margaret Tookey Kerridge (1901-1940), née Tookey, an English chemist and physiologist who created the miniature pH electrode and her work on audiometry
  • Thomas "Tom" Kerridge (b. 1973), English professional chef who has appeared on the Great British Menu, MasterChef and Saturday Kitchen
  • Mary Kerridge (1914-1999), English actress who worked in both television and theatre as a performer and director, mother of the actress Elizabeth Counsell
  • Sam Kerridge (b. 1993), Australian rules football player who plays for the Carlton Football Club
  • Sir Robert James Kerridge (1901-1979), New Zealand businessman, cinema proprietor, film distributor, tourism promoter and entrepreneur
  • Edward "Ted" Kerridge, British cyclist at the 1928 Summer Olympics
  • Linda Kerridge (b. 1959), Australian-born, American actress of the 1980s, best known for her impersonation of actress Marilyn Monroe
  • William Kerridge Haselden (1872-1953), English cartoonist and caricaturist; he contributed to Punch as a theatrical caricaturist from 1906 to 1936

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Herbert Kerridge (b. 1919), English Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Barton-on-Humber, Lincolnshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the HMS Hood sinking [4]

The Kerridge 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. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th December 2020). Retrieved from
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from
  4. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from on Facebook