× Home
×

Family Crest and History Search
House of Names
FREE SHIPPING on orders of $85 or more
An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2017


The illustrious surname Kerswill finds its origin in the rocky, sea swept coastal area of southwestern England known as Cornwall. Although surnames were fairly widespread in medieval England, people were originally known only by a single name. The process by which hereditary surnames were adopted is extremely interesting. As populations grew, people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Under the Feudal System of government, surnames evolved and they often reflected life on the manor and in the field. Lords and their tenants often became known by the name of the feudal territory they owned or lived on. Unlike most Celtic peoples, who favored patronymic names, the Cornish predominantly used local surnames. This was due to the heavy political and cultural influence of the English upon the Cornish People at the time that surnames first came into use. Local surnames were derived from where a person lived, held land, or was born. While many Cornish surnames of this sort appear to be topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees, many are actually habitation surnames derived from lost or unrecorded place names. The name Kerswill is a local type of surname and the Kerswill family lived in the county of Devon, at Kerswell.

Kerswill Early Origins



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

Close

Kerswill Spelling Variations


Expand

Kerswill 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.

Close

Kerswill Early History


Expand

Kerswill Early History



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

Close

Kerswill Early Notables (pre 1700)


Expand

Kerswill Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Kerswill Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Close

The Great Migration


Expand

The Great Migration



An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Kerswill: Robert Kerswell, who sailed to Barbados in 1654; Richard Kerswell, who came to Nevis in 1663; Walter Kerswell, who arrived in Virginia in 1663 and Joane Kerswell, who went to Jamaica in 1684..

Close

Kerswill Family Crest Products


Expand

Kerswill Family Crest Products




Close

See Also


Expand

See Also




Close

Citations


Expand

Citations



    Other References

    1. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    2. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    9. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    10. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    11. ...

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

    This page was last modified on 20 March 2014 at 16:13.

    Sign Up

      


    FREE SHIPPING on orders of $85 or more
    House of Names on Facebook
    Follow Houseofnames on Twitter
    Houseofnames on Pinterest