Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided near a stream in which a substantial quantity of the edible plant cress or watercress grew. The surname Kerslake is derived from the Old English words cærse, which means cress, and lacu, which means stream. The surname Kerslake belongs to the class of topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees.
Early Origins of the Kerslake family
Somerset, where they held a family seat from very early times.
Early History of the Kerslake family
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Kerslake Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Kerslake include Karslake, Carslake, Kerslake, Carselak, Karslack and others.
Early Notables of the Kerslake family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kerslake family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Kerslake or a variant listed above:
Kerslake Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Kerslake Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Kerslake Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Kerslake Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Kerslake (post 1700)
Historic Events for the Kerslake family
The Kerslake Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Ad finem fidelis
Motto Translation: Faithful to the end.
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