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Kerwick is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest brought to England in 1066. The Kerwick family lived at Kirkby in Furness. The name Kirkby means village with a church.

Kerwick Early Origins



The surname Kerwick was first found in Lancashire. One of the first recorded references to the name was John Kirkby (died 26 March 1290,) an English ecclesiastic and statesman. "John de Kirkeby, [was] Bishop of Ely in 1286, and founder of Ely Palace, Holborn." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
He acted as keeper of the great seal during the frequent absences of the chancellor, Robert Burnell, during the reign of Henry III. He was Lord Treasurer from January 1284 to his death. On 26 July 1286, he was elected Bishop of Ely, a post he held until his death.

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Kerwick Spelling Variations


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Kerwick Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Kerwick are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Kerwick include Kirkby, Kirby, Kerribly, Kerwick, O'Kerwick and many more.

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Kerwick Early History


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Kerwick Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kerwick research. Another 244 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1816, 1690, 1753, 1625, 1681, 1661, 1681, 1649, 1709, 1693, 1702, 1708, 1658 and 1703 are included under the topic Early Kerwick History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kerwick Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kerwick Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Kirby (1690-1753), an English land surveyor and topographer, best known for his book The Suffolk Traveller; Richard Kirkby (c.1625-1681), an English politician, from Kirkby Ireleth in Lancashire. He was a Justice of the Peace and Member of Parliament for Lancaster (1661-1681). His...

Another 51 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kerwick Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kerwick In Ireland


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Kerwick In Ireland



Some of the Kerwick family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 88 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Kerwick, or a variant listed above:

Kerwick Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Kerwick, who was naturalized in Illinois in 1854

Kerwick Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • James Kerwick, who immigrated to Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1798

Kerwick Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Michael Kerwick, who settled in Nova Scotia in 1811
  • Michael Kerwick, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1811

Kerwick Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Bridget Kerwick, aged 26, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Sea Park"

Kerwick Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Martin Kerwick, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
  • Ann Kerwick, aged 24, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kerwick (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kerwick (post 1700)



  • William Kerwick, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Queens County 10th District, 1944; Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 5th District, 1954, 1958
  • Michael R. Kerwick, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1920, 1924 (alternate), 1928, 1940

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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  2. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  4. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  5. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  9. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  10. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  11. ...

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