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The name Searles reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Searles family lived in Cornwall. Their name, however, is a reference to Serlo, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. However, may of the family remained in Normandy as seen by Robert Sorel who was listed there (1180-1195.) [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)


Searles Early Origins



The surname Searles was first found in Cornwall where the name can be found from ancient times as both a surname and a forename. Sarlo Iuuenis was one of the first on record in 1091-1093. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
And in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273, the name continues to be found in both ways: Sarle Tinctor in Huntingdonshire and Matilda Sarle in Cambridgeshire. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
There is a history of an association with clergy as shown by Robert Saryll, clericus in 1412 in Yorkshire, and few years later in the same area Thomas Serle, capallanus, filius Roberti Sarle, clerici in 1438. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
One would presume that these latter two listings were father and son who both followed the same profession.

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Searles Spelling Variations


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Searles Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Searles include Searle, Searles, Searl, Sarl, Sarrell, Serrell and others.

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Searles Early History


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Searles Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Searles research. Another 151 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1620, 1683, 1656 and 1659 are included under the topic Early Searles History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Searles Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Searles Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Searles Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Searles In Ireland


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Searles In Ireland



Some of the Searles family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information 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



In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Searless to arrive on North American shores:

Searles Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Richard and Thomas Searles settled in Philadelphia in 1836
  • James M. Searles, aged 57, who emigrated to America, in 1893
  • Alice Searles, aged 31, who landed in America, in 1895
  • Annie Searles, aged 22, who landed in America, in 1895

Searles Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • J.G. Searles, aged 46, who landed in America, in 1904
  • Thomas M. Searles, aged 26, who landed in America from Cornwall, in 1906
  • Frederick R. Searles, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from Cornwall, in 1906
  • Mrs. J. F. Searles, aged 35, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Sarah Searles, aged 40, who emigrated to the United States from Islington, England, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Searles Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • David Searles, aged 3, who emigrated to Halifax, Canada, in 1923
  • Letitia Searles, aged 5, who settled in Halifax, Canada in 1923
  • Percival Searles, aged 1, who settled in Halifax, Canada, in 1923

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Contemporary Notables of the name Searles (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Searles (post 1700)



  • Kyle Evan Searles (1985-1985), American actor best known for his roles on 7th Heaven, The George Lopez Show and Dawson's Creek
  • William Baird Searles (1934-1993), American science fiction author and critic
  • Edward Francis Searles (1841-1920), American interior and architectural designer, eponym of Searles Castle, Great Barrington, Massachusetts and Searles Castle, Windham, New Hampshire
  • Harold F. Searles M.D. (b. 1918), American pioneer in psychiatric medicine specialising in psychoanalytic treatments of schizophrenia
  • Michael Searles (1750-1813), English commercial architect of large houses in London

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  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  2. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  4. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  5. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  6. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  8. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  10. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  11. ...

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