Kersey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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 cærse, which means watercress, and eg, the old English word for island. It was recorded as Cæresige c. 995, and as Careseia in the Domesday Book, [1] 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.

Early Origins of the Kersey family

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] Kersey is the name of a coarse woollen cloth having derived its name from kersey yarn and ultimately from the village of Kersey.

Early History of the Kersey family

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Kersey Spelling Variations

Kersey has been spelled many different ways. 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. Spelling variants included: Kersey, Kercey, Keresey, Kearsey and others.

Early Notables of the Kersey family (pre 1700)

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Kersey Ranking

In the United States, the name Kersey is the 4,852nd most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [3]

United States Kersey migration to the United States +

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 [4]
  • Thomas Kersey, who settled in the Somers Islands in 1673
  • James Kersey, who arrived in Maryland in 1674 [4]
Kersey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Kersey, who landed in Virginia in 1706 [4]
  • 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 [4]

Australia Kersey migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Kersey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Alfred Kersey, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Flora" in 1851 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kersey (post 1700) +

  • Jesse "Jess" Kersey (1941-2017), American NBA and ABA basketball referee, inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 2012
  • 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
  • Sharyn Kersey, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 2008 [6]
  • Charles Kersey, American politician, Representative from California 5th District, 1996, 2000 [6]
  • 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.)

HMS Royal Oak
  • Henry Arthur Kersey (1905-1939), British Petty Officer with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak (1939) when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [7]

Suggested Readings for the name Kersey +

  • Keirsey, Kiersey, Kersey by Martha Keirsey Cooper.

  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.
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  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY FLORA 1851. Retrieved
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from
  7. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from on Facebook