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The surname Kerwood was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Kirkwood, Kirkward and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kerwood research. Another 176 words (13 lines of text) covering the year 1526 is included under the topic Early Kerwood History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Kerwood Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Kerwood family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 261 words (19 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kerwood Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • George James Kerwood arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Morley" in 1840
  • Maria Kerwood arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Morley" in 1840
  • Richard Kerwood arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Morley" in 1840
  • Ann Maria Kerwood arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Morley" in 1840
  • Sarah Sabina Kerwood arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Morley" in 1840

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  • John Kenna Kerwood, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 1928
  • Asbury L. Kerwood (1842-1914), American politician, Member of Indiana State House of Representatives, 1899
  • Charlotte Kerwood (b. 1986), British sports shooter at the 2012 Summer Olympics


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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: Spes mea in Deo
Motto Translation: My hope is in God.

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  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  2. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  3. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  5. 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.
  6. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  9. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  10. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
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The Kerwood Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kerwood 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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