Kerrydge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancestors of the bearers of the Kerrydge family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found in the village of Kerridge found in the parish of Prestbury in the county of Cheshire.
Early Origins of the Kerrydge family
The surname Kerrydge 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." 
Early History of the Kerrydge family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kerrydge 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 Kerrydge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kerrydge Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Kerrydge include Kerridge, Kerrage, Kerrich, Kerriche, Kerysche and others.
Early Notables of the Kerrydge family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kerrydge family
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Kerrydge or a variant listed above: John Kerridge, who was living in Haldimand County, Ontario in 1877; and Frederick John Kerridge, who was on record in Minneapolis in 1875.
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The Kerrydge 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.
- ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.