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

Berrie is a name whose history on English soil dates back to the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066. The Berrie family lived in the county of Devon, where the family settled after arriving in England with William the Conqueror at the time of the Norman Conquest of England. The name is derived from the phrase at the Bury which has evolved to the more modern term borough.

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A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Berry, Bery, Berey, De Berry and others.

First found in Devon, where they were granted lands by King William after the Norman Conquest in 1066.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Berrie research. Another 149 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1781, 1873, 1768, 1831, 1635, 1690, 1675 and 1691 are included under the topic Early Berrie History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 131 words(9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Berrie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Berrie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 121 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Berrie or a variant listed above: Edward Berry who settled in Virginia in 1654; as did Elizabeth 1636; Henry 1650; John 1626; Lydia 1648; Mathew 1650; Richard 1654; and others settled in Maryland, Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina New England, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, and New York.

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Nihil sine labore
Motto Translation: Nothing without labour.

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  10. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
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The Berrie Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Berrie 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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