The ancestry of the name Kersie dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived 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, 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
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 Kersie,
meant "of Kersey." Eventually, the use of de
declined, as Old English and Old Norman fused into Old English over the next few centuries.
Early Origins of the Kersie family
The surname Kersie 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. 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.
Early History of the Kersie family
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Kersie Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Kersie have been found, including Kersey, Kercey, Keresey, Kearsey and others.
Early Notables of the Kersie family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kersie family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Kersie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Caroline Kersie, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ann Wilson" in 1857
- James Kersie, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ann Wilson" in 1857
- Mary Kersie, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ann Wilson" in 1857
- Richard Kersie, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ann Wilson" in 1857