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The ancestors of the name Kershaw date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in the area of Kirkshaw at Rochdale in the county of Lancashire. Kershaw is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.

Kershaw Early Origins



The surname Kershaw was first found in Lancashire where it is a local name 'of Kirkshaw,' in the parish of Rochdale. Literally the place name means "church-wood." Some of the earliest records of the name include: Matthew de Kyrkshagh, Lancashire in 1281; Geoffrey del Kyrkeshagh, of Rochdale parish in 1390; and John de Kyrkshagh, or Kershaw, of Townhouses, in Rochdale, 1424. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

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Kershaw Spelling Variations


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Kershaw Spelling Variations



Kershaw 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. Kershaw, Kercher, Kershow, Kirshaw, Kirkshaw and others.

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Kershaw Early History


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Kershaw Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kershaw research. Another 193 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1572, 1617, 1379 and 1630 are included under the topic Early Kershaw History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kershaw Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kershaw Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Kershaw 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 Kershaws to arrive on North American shores:

Kershaw Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Ralph Kershaw settled in Virginia in 1699

Kershaw Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jacob Ludwick Kershaw, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1772

Kershaw Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Kershaw, who landed in America in 1806
  • Samuel Kershaw, aged 37, landed in Maryland in 1812
  • Benjamin Kershaw, who landed in New York in 1837
  • Edmund, Frederick, James, Jesse, John, Lees, Nelson, Napoleon, Robert, Samuel, Thomas and William Kershaw all arrived in Philadelphia between 1800 and 1870
  • Joseph Healey Kershaw, who arrived in Arkansas in 1882
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Kershaw Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Albert Kershaw, aged 37, who landed in America from Oldham, in 1906
  • Abraham Kershaw, aged 36, who settled in America from Bury, England, in 1907
  • Ada Kershaw, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States from Brighouse, England, in 1911
  • Albert Kershaw, who emigrated to the United States from Liverpool, in 1919
  • Agnes Kershaw, aged 48, who settled in America from Ashton,England, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Kershaw Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Kershaw arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1858
  • Alfred Kershaw arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859
  • Annie Kershaw, aged 18, a housemaid, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edward P Bouverie" in 1873
  • William Kershaw arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edwin Fox" in 1875
  • John Kershaw, aged 21, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Hannibal" in 1875
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kershaw (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kershaw (post 1700)



  • William John Kershaw (1834-1883), American Republican politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly, 1867-68, 1875; Member of Wisconsin State Senate, 1869-70
  • Thomas A. Kershaw, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1988
  • Leroy Kershaw (1880-1969), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oklahoma, 1924 ; Candidate in primary for Governor of Oklahoma, 1930
  • Joseph Brevard Kershaw (1822-1894), American politician, Delegate to South Carolina secession convention, 1860; Member of South Carolina State Senate, 1865; State Court Judge in South Carolina, 1877-93
  • Joseph Kershaw, American politician, Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Swanzey, 1956
  • John Kershaw (1765-1829), American Democrat politician, State Court Judge in South Carolina, 1791; Member of South Carolina State House of Representatives, 1792; Mayor of Camden, South Carolina, 1798
  • Joe Kershaw, American Democrat politician, Member of Florida State House of Representatives 105th District; elected 1978
  • Douglas James "Doug" Kershaw (b. 1936), American fiddle player
  • Clayton Edward Kershaw (b. 1988), American Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher
  • Sammy Kershaw (b. 1958), American country artist
  • ... (Another 17 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Kershaw Historic Events


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Kershaw Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. John Francis Kershaw, British Wireman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  4. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  8. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  10. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
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The Kershaw Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kershaw 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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