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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



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. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  2. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  4. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  7. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  8. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  9. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  10. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
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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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