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The Atlantic Ocean to the north and west and the English Channel to the south borders Cornwall, the homeland to the Kerswell family name. Even though the usage of surnames was common during the Middle Ages, all English people were known only by a single name in early times. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames are derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. The Kerswell family originally lived in the county of Devon, at Kerswell.

Kerswell Early Origins



The surname Kerswell was first found in the county of Devon, at Kerswell, where evidence suggests they held a family seat before the Norman Conquest.

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Kerswell Spelling Variations


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Kerswell Spelling Variations



Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Kerswell, Kersewell, Kereswell, Kareswalle and many more.

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Kerswell Early History


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Kerswell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kerswell research. Another 160 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1212, 1221, 1273, 1598, and 1682 are included under the topic Early Kerswell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kerswell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kerswell Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Kerswell 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



The records on immigrants and ships' passengers show a number of people bearing the name Kerswell:

Kerswell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Kerswell, who sailed to Barbados in 1654
  • Richard Kerswell, who setted in Nevis in 1663
  • Walter Kerswell, who arrived in Virginia in 1663
  • Joane Kerswell, who went to Jamaica in 1684

Kerswell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Kerswell, aged 20, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Florentia" [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FLORENTIA 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Florentia.htm
  • William Kerswell, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Florentia" in 1849 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FLORENTIA 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Florentia.htm
  • Maria Kerswell, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Florentia" in 1849 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FLORENTIA 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Florentia.htm

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kerswell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kerswell (post 1700)



  • Lyman Kerswell, American Republican politician, Chair of Gladwin County Republican Party, 1950

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Citations


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  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FLORENTIA 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Florentia.htm

Other References

  1. 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.
  2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  4. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  5. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. 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).
  8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  11. ...

The Kerswell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kerswell 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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