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Where did the English Beardsley family come from? What is the English Beardsley family crest and coat of arms? When did the Beardsley family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Beardsley family history?The ancestry of the name Beardsley dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the village named Bardsley in Lancashire. The village itself traces its name back to the Old English words Beornred's leah, which mean Beornred's wood or Beornred's clearing. The personal name Beornred means warrior counsel.
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Beardsley have been found, including Bardsley, Bardsey, Bardsea, Bardsly, Bardesey and many more.
First found in Greater Manchester at Bardsley where the earliest record of the place name was Berdesley in 1422.  Bardsey is a small village in the City of Leeds, in West Yorkshire and dates back to the Domesday Book where it was listed as Berdesei. 
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beardsley research. Another 117 words(8 lines of text) covering the years 164 and 1640 are included under the topic Early Beardsley History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 35 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beardsley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Beardsley, or a variant listed above:
Beardsley Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
- William Beardsley (1605-1661), who came to Stratford, Connecticut in 1635 from Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire with Mary his wife and three children
- William Beardsley, who landed in Massachusetts in 1635
- Alexander Beardsley, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682
- Alexander Beardsley, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1683
- Alexander Beardsley, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1683
Beardsley Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
- Joseph Beardsley, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1819
- Joseph Beardsley Jr., who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1821
- Mr. Beardsley, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
- A F Beardsley, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1855
- W Beardsley, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1860
- Craig Beardsley, American Olympic swimmer
- Dick Beardsley (b. 1956), American Marathon athlete in the 1980s
- Monroe Beardsley (1915-1985), American philosopher
- William Beardsley (1605-1661), one of the founding settlers of Stratford, Connecticut
- Aubrey Vincent Beardsley (1872-1898), English illustrator, and author
- Chris Beardsley (b. 1984), English footballer
- Peter Beardsley (b. 1961), English footballer
- Brent Beardsley, Canadian army officer
- Grenville Beardsley, Illinois Attorney General for 1959–1960
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