Quisenberry History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Quisenberry family
The surname Quisenberry was first found in Leicestershire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book,  indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Quenby, held by Richard from Robert de Tosny or Tonei, the chief tenant, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.
Early History of the Quisenberry family
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Quisenberry Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Quenby, Quinby, Quimby, Quemby, Quynby, Querenby, Quarmby, Quesenberry, Quisenberry, Quisnby, Quesnby, Quymby and many more.
Early Notables of the Quisenberry family (pre 1700)
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Quisenberry migration to the United States +
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Quisenberry or a variant listed above were:
Quisenberry Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Russell Quisenberry, aged 29, originally from Jacksonville, Ill., who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "La Savoie" from Le Havre, France 
- Forest R. Quisenberry, aged 32, who arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Lake Fariston" from Para, Brazil 
Contemporary Notables of the name Quisenberry (post 1700) +
- Dan Raymond "Quiz" Quisenberry (1953-1998), American Major League Baseball right-handed relief pitcher who played from 1979 to 1990
- R. A. Quisenberry, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1964 
- Clifford Quisenberry, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for Illinois, 1912 
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- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6HM-YTR : 6 December 2014), Russell Quisenberry, 09 Aug 1919; citing departure port Le Havre, arrival port New York, ship name La Savoie, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J62N-2M9 : 6 December 2014), Forest R. Quisenberry, 03 Sep 1921; citing departure port Para, Brazil, arrival port New York, ship name Lake Fariston, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html