Re: Origin of Kerkez surname
Origin of the surname KERKEZ :
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- etnonym KERKEZ / ?ERKEZItdenotes the name in Turkish language of theAdyghe people.
In Serbian language in dialect spoken in Kosovo ?ERKEZ is also documented in meanings village,cemetery.
I would have to dig around to see when was the earliest documented occurrence in historical sources.
A good post from our forum with information and referenced original sources on origin of several branches of KERKEZ families:
Serbian Genealogy Society SGS "Rodoslovlje"