Kerrie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Welsh Kerrie family name comes from the name of the parish of Kerrey, which is in the county of Montgomery. The surname Kerrie belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Kerrie family
The surname Kerrie was first found in Montgomeryshire (Welsh: Sir Drefaldwyn), located in mid-Eastern Wales, one of thirteen historic counties, and anciently the medieval kingdom of Powys Wenwynwyn, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Important Dates for the Kerrie family
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Kerrie Spelling Variations
Compared to other ancient cultures found in the British Isles, the number of Welsh surnames are relatively few, but there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations. These spelling variations began almost as soon as surname usage became common. As a result, people could not specify how to spell their own names leaving the specific recording up to the individual scribe or priest. Those recorders would then spell the names as they heard them, causing many different variations. Later, many Welsh names were recorded in English. This transliteration process was extremely imprecise since the Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh used many sounds the English language was not accustomed to. Finally, some variations occurred by the individual's design: a branch loyalty within a family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The Kerrie name over the years has been spelled Kerry, Kerrie and others.
Early Notables of the Kerrie family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kerrie family
The Welsh began to emigrate to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s in search of land, work, and freedom. Those that arrived helped shape the industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. The records regarding immigration and passenger show a number of people bearing the name Kerrie: Edward Kerry settled in New England in 1766.
Contemporary Notables of the name Kerrie (post 1700)
- Kerrie Lester (1953-2016), Australian artist, shortlisted for the Archibald Prize no less than sixteen times
- Kerrie Byles (b. 1948), also known as "Junior Byles", "Chubby", or "King Chubby", a Jamaican reggae singer
- Kerrie Swadling Ph.D., Research Fellow in the School of Zoology at the University of Tasmania