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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Berry, High Sheriff of Herefordshire in 1450; Sir Thomas Berry of Buckland; Alexander Berry (1781-1873), Scottish surgeon, merchant, and explorer after whom the Australian town is named; Edward Berry (1768-1831), Rear Admiral, Royal Navy; Sir John Berry (1635-1690), English naval officer of...

Another 141 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Berry Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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 Atlanti c. 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
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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
  • Margaret Berry, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • Dowland Berry, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • Richard Berry, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
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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
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Berry Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • William Berry, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • John Berry, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Go Berry, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Timothy Berry, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Patrick Berry, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1775
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Berry Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Berry, who landed in Canada in 1817
  • John Berry, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Eweretta" in 1833
  • James Berry, aged 22, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Leslie Gault" in 1834
  • Patrick Berry, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin, Ireland
  • Elizbeth Berry, who emigrated from Ireland to Quebec in 1835
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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
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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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  • John Berry (1963-2016), American hardcore punk musician, founding member of the Beastie Boys
  • 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
  • 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 Historic Events



Empress of Ireland

  • Miss Ethel de la Tour Berry (1894-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • 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

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Donald Ridge Berry, British Signal Boy, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Kenneth Pearson Berry, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Richard Martin Berry, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
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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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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    2. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    4. 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.
    5. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    8. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    9. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    10. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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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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