Kerr Coat of Arms / Kerr Family Crest

Kerr Family Crest / Kerr Coat of Arms


Origin Displayed: Scottish

Origins Available: Irish, Scottish

Spelling variations of this family name include: Kerr, Car, Carr, Ker, Cearr (Gaelic) and many more.

First found in Lancashire where they were seated from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: William Ker, who settled in New Hampshire in 1718; David Kerr arrived in Jamaica in 1775; John Carr settled in Virginia in 1716; Alexander, Andrew, Edward, Frank, Henry, Horace, Hugh, James, John, Joseph, Mathew, Robert, Samuel, Thomas and William Kerr, all arrived in Philadelphia between 1800 and 1860.

(Above is a small excerpt from our 1800 word history)
Motto Translated: Late but in earnest.

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Suggested Readings for the name Kerr
Christian Frederick Kerr by Elaine Ford Eaton, Heasley, Kerr, Smith, Cook by Alice Heasley Dwight.

Some noteworthy people of the name Kerr

    * Donald Maclean Kerr Jr. (b. 1939), American physicist, director of Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1979-1985, and director of FBI Laboratory from 1997
    * Deborah Kerr (1921-2007), CBE, American (Scottish-born) movie actress Actress perhaps best known for her role opposite Yul Brynner in “The King and I”
    * Roy Patrick Kerr (b. 1934), New Zealand mathematician and physicist
    * Sir John Robert Kerr (1914-1991), Australian politician, governor-general of Austalia from 1974-1977
    * Philip Henry Kerr (1882-1940), (11th Marquess of Lothian) British administrator, diplomat, and newspaper editor, British ambassador to the USA from 1939-1940
    * Tim Kerr (b. 1960), Canadian, a retired professional hocket player, played in the N.H.L. between 1980-1993
    * Lieutenant George Fraser Kerr (1895-1929), Canadian recipient of the Victoria Cross during the First World War
    * Private John Chipman Kerr (1887-1963), Canadian recipient of the Victoria Cross during the First World War