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Kerry History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Welsh Kerry family name comes from the name of the parish of Kerrey, which is in the county of Montgomery. The surname Kerry belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Kerry family


The surname Kerry 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.

Early History of the Kerry family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kerry research.
Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1550, 1559, 1555 and 1556 are included under the topic Early Kerry History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kerry Spelling Variations


Welsh surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh surnames came into use. Therefore, scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations of particular Welsh names are very important. The surname Kerry has occasionally been spelled Kerry, Kerrie and others.

Early Notables of the Kerry family (pre 1700)


Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kerry Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Kerry family to the New World and Oceana


In the 1800s and 1900s, many Welsh families left for North America, in search of land, work, and freedom. Those who made the trip successfully helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Kerry

Kerry Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Falentyn Kerry, who arrived in New York in 1709 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Edward Kerry, who settled in New England in 1766

Kerry Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • F A Kerry, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Contemporary Notables of the name Kerry (post 1700)


  • John Forbes Kerry (b. 1943), United States senator from Massachusetts, 68th United States Secretary of State (2013-)
  • Peggy Kerry, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 2004 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Margaret Kerry, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1988 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • John Forbes Kerry (b. 1943), American Democrat politician, Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, 1983-85; U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, 1985-; Candidate for President of the United States, 2004 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Elizabeth Kerry, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 2004 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Diana Kerry, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 2004 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Cameron Kerry, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 2004 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Danny Kerry, British field hockey coach at the 2012 Summer Olympics
  • Marcus Anthony Kerry (b. 1959), Australian two-time gold and bronze medalist backstroke and freestyle swimmer in the 1980s

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Citations


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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