Kerrish History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Kerrish name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in the village of Kerridge found in the parish of Prestbury in the county of Cheshire.

Early Origins of the Kerrish family

The surname Kerrish 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 Kerrish family

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

Kerrish Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Kerrish were recorded, including Kerridge, Kerrage, Kerrich, Kerriche, Kerysche and others.

Early Notables of the Kerrish family (pre 1700)

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


New Zealand Kerrish 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:

Kerrish Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Kerrish, aged 24, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874


The Kerrish 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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