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The Anglo-Saxon name Kersey comes from the family having resided in Kersey, a parish in Suffolk. The place-name Kersey is derived from the Old English elements cśrse, which means watercress, and eg, the old English word for island. It was recorded as Cśresige c. 995, and as Careseia in the Domesday Book, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
compiled in 1086. The name as a total means "island where the watercress grows." The surname is derived from the place-name. In the early Middle Ages, local surnames were often proceeded by the word de or atte, which meant of and at, respectively. This custom was brought to England by the Normans after they conquered the Saxon Nobility at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The surname as a whole, de Kersey, meant "of Kersey." Eventually, the use of de and atte declined, as Old English and Old Norman fused into Old English over the next few centuries.

Kersey Early Origins



The surname Kersey was first found in Suffolk at Kersey, a village and a civil parish in the Babergh district which today includes the hamlets of Kersey Tye, Kersey Upland, Wicker Street Green, and William's Green. Originally part of the hundred of Cosford, it comprised about 1,465 acres and an Augustine priory was founded there at an early period dedicated to St. Mary and St. Anthony; at the Dissolution it was granted to King's College, Cambridge. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Kersey is the name of a coarse woollen cloth having derived its name from kersey yarn and ultimately from the village of Kersey.

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Kersey Spelling Variations


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Kersey Spelling Variations



Kersey has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Kersey, Kercey, Keresey, Kearsey and others.

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Kersey Early History


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Kersey Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kersey research. Another 131 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1272, 1616, 1690 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Kersey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kersey Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kersey Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kersey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Kerseys to arrive on North American shores:

Kersey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Nicholas Kersey, who landed in Maryland in 1664
  • Thomas Kersey, who came to the Somers Islands in 1673
  • James Kersey, who arrived in Maryland in 1674

Kersey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Kersey, who landed in Virginia in 1706
  • John Kersey, who settled in Philadelphia in 1731
  • Thomas Kersey, who settled in Maryland in 1775

Kersey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Kersey, who arrived in Texas in 1835

Kersey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Alfred Kersey arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Flora" in 1851

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kersey (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kersey (post 1700)



  • Sharyn Kersey, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 2008
  • Charles Kersey, American politician, Representative from California 5th District, 1996, 2000
  • Jesse "Jess" Kersey (b. 1941), American retired referee in the American Basketball Association
  • Thomas Joseph Kersey (1847-1888), United States Navy sailor awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions aboard the U.S.S. Plymouth on 26 July 1876
  • Clyde R. Kersey, American member of the Indiana House of Representatives
  • Tyrone Garfield Kersey (1949-2005), American keyboardist, songwriter, producer and arranger
  • Jerome Kersey (b. 1962), American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association
  • John Kersey (1616-1690), the elder, was an English mathematician, as well as a textbook writer
  • Graham James Kersey (1971-1997), English first class cricketer
  • John Kersey (b. 1720), the younger, was an English philologist and lexicographer
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Kersey


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Suggested Readings for the name Kersey



  • Keirsey, Kiersey, Kersey by Martha Keirsey Cooper.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  4. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  5. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
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The Kersey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kersey Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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