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

The history of the name Berber begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from a baptismal name meaning son of Barbara. In some instances, the name may have also been a nickname for someone, such as a Moor or Berber, who appeared to be of North African heritage. In such a case the name is a reference to the Barbary Coast of North Africa.

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Berber has been recorded under many different variations, including Barberry, Barbary, Barbery, Barberrie, Baberie, Berberry and many more.

First found in Leicestershire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Berber research. Another 377 words(27 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1500, 1609, 1674, and 1715 are included under the topic Early Berber History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Berber Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Berber or a variant listed above:

Berber Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Joseph Wilh Berber, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804

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