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Where did the English Searcy family come from? What is the English Searcy family crest and coat of arms? When did the Searcy family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Searcy family history?

The name Searcy was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Searcy family lived in Essex. Their name, however, is a reference to St. Saire, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Alternatively, the name could have been a trade name for someone who was "an assayer of metals." [1] And another variation is that it could have been "an Anglo-Norman personal name, as Saher de Quincy, the famous Earl of Winchester." [1] There are at least three other listed origins of the name, but these latter three seem the most probable.


Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Searcy have been found, including Sayer, Sayers, Sayres and others.

First found in Essex where the family's first listing of the name was found during the reign of Edward II. [1] Omitting the entries as a personal name, we also found: Stephanus filius Seir (1148-1152) and ? filius Saheri (Saieri) c. 1160 in Lincolnshire. Robertus filius Seer was listed in the 12th century in Nottinghamshire and Richard Sayer was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Devon in 1230. Thomas Sare and John Sayer were listed in the Feet of Fines of Essex in 1292. [2]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Searcy research. Another 231 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1655, 1718, 1695 and 1705 are included under the topic Early Searcy History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 65 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Searcy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Searcy family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 109 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Searcy were among those contributors:

Searcy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Annie R. Searcy, aged 19, who settled in America, in 1895

Searcy Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • J.B. Searcy, aged 64, who emigrated to America, in 1905
  • Mrs.J.B. Searcy, aged 65, who landed in America, in 1905
  • William Searcy, who settled in America from U, in 1906
  • Daniel Searcy, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Drake Searcy, aged 37, who landed in America, in 1917

Searcy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • F. Searcy arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Louisa Baillie" in 1849
  • William Searcy arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Louisa Baillie" in 1849


  • Brigadier-General Cyrus Higginson Searcy (1895-1963), American Chief of Staff, VIII Corps (1943-1945)
  • Nelson Searcy (b. 1971), American evangelical minister and author
  • Robert J. Searcy (1921-2009), African-American member of the Tuskegee Airmen
  • Dr. J. T. Searcy, American first superintendant of what became the eponymous Searcy Hospital, Mount Vernon, Alabama
  • William Steven Searcy (b. 1964), American retired Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Leon Searcy (b. 1969), American football coach and former NFL football player
  • Peter Searcy, American musician from Louisville, Kentucky
  • Nick Searcy (b. 1959), American actor, best known for his role as Chief Deputy United States Marshal Art Mullen on FX's Justified
  • Robert Benjamin "R.B." Searcy (1901-1967), American politician, Mayor of Huntsville, Alabama from 1952 to 1964
  • George Henry Graff Searcy (1855-1927), Australian cricket Test match umpire from Adelaide


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  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

Other References

  1. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  4. 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.
  5. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  6. 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.
  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. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  10. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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The Searcy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Searcy 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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