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The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 added many new elements to an already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Berry 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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The surname Berry was first found in Devon, where they were granted lands by King William after the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Berry, Bery, Berey, De Berry and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Berry research. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1450, 1781, 1873, 1768, 1831, 1635, 1690, 1675, 1691, 1636 and are included under the topic Early Berry History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 367 words (26 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Berry Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Berry 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 emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Berry or a variant listed above:

Berry Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Zeeheriah Berry, who arrived in America in 1620
  • John Berry who settled in Virginia in 1626
  • Elizabeth Berry who settled in Virginia in 1636
  • Richard Berry, who arrived in New England in 1636
  • Edward Berry, who arrived in Maryland in 1637


Berry Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Phill Berry, who arrived in Virginia in 1700
  • Anne Berry, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Margt Berry, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • Dowland Berry, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • Richd Berry, who arrived in Virginia in 1704


Berry Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • John Berry, who arrived in America in 1811
  • Godfrey Berry, aged 32, landed in New York in 1812
  • Francis Berry, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • Michael Berry, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • Joseph Berry, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817


Berry Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Wm Berry, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Go Berry, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Timothy Berry, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. James Berry U.E who settled in Shefford Township, Eastern Townships, Quebec c. 1783 settled with Captain John Savage and several associates
  • Mr. Robert Berry U.E who arrived in Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 423 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York


Berry Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • John Berry, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Eweretta" in 1833
  • James Berry, aged 22, arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Leslie Gault" in 1834
  • Patrick Berry, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin
  • Elizbeth Berry, who emigrated from Ireland to Quebec in 1835
  • Emily Berry, who landed in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862

Berry Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • John Berry, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • James Berry, English convict from Wiltshire, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • James Berry, English convict from Worcester, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • J. Berry arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839
  • William Berry arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "D'Auvergne" in 1839


Berry Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Rebecca Berry landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1837 aboard the ship Venturess
  • Percival Berry landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Frederick Thomas Berry, aged 22, a carpenter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • Elizabeth Jane Berry, aged 20, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • Thomas Richard Berry, aged 25, a farm labourer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Fifeshire" in 1842


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  • James O. "Jim" Berry (1932-2015), American comic strip artist, known for his strip "Berry's World," awarded the National Headliner Award in 1967 and the National Cartoonists Society award for Best Special Feature in 1970 and 1972
  • Mr. Daniel Berry (1890-1914), American Third Class Passenger from Springfield, Illinois, United States who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Walter Berry (b. 1964), American former professional basketball player
  • Samuel Stillman Berry (1887-1984), American marine zoologist
  • Kenneth Ronald "Ken" Berry (b. 1933), American sitcom actor, dancer and singer, known for his roles in F Troop, The Andy Griffith Show and more
  • Edward Wilber Berry (1875-1945), American paleontologist and botanist, awarded the Walker Prize (1901) and Mary Clark Thompson Medal (1942)
  • Brigadier-General Robert Ward Berry (1902-1960), American Commanding Officer, 1st Region US Army Air Defense Command (1960)
  • Halle Berry (b. 1966), American Academy Award winning actress, former fashion model, and beauty queen
  • Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry (b. 1926), iconic and influential African-American guitarist, singer and songwriter, 2014 Polar Music Prize laureate
  • Joseph A. Berry, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Columbia City, Indiana, 1854-56

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  • Berry and Related Families by Louis Ansel Duermyer.
  • Berry-Berrey Family: The Family of Elijah Berry, Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, and Texas, 1700-1980 by Lynn Berry Hamilton.
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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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The Berry Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Berry 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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