Berton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Berton is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Berton family lived in Burton which is the "name of no less than forty parishes and places in England." [1] The name literally means "fortified enclosure" or "fortified farmstead." [2]

Early Origins of the Berton family

The surname Berton was first found in Shropshire where they were descended conjecturally from Drogo de Beuvriere a kinsman of William the Conqueror who held lands at Burton Agnes, Burton Constable and a manor house or castle at Burton Pidsea.

The surname "is derived from Boreton, in the parish of Condover, in Shropshire, an estate which remained in the family until the reign of James I. 'Goiffrid de Bortona' (Burton,) one of the foresters of Shropshire, in the reign of Henry I., is the first recorded ancestor." [3]

Another branch of the family was found at Dalton in Lancashire in early times. "At the time of the Domesday Survey, the manor was held by a Saxon chief named Gilmichael, and it was afterwards annexed to the manor of Burton; soon after the time of Richard I. it seems to have been granted to the family of Burton." [4]

"William Burton, the antiquary, and his brother Robert, author of the Anatomy of Melancholy, were natives of [Lindley, Leicestershire], the former born in 1575, and the latter in 1576." [4]

William of Berton, (fl, 1376), was Chancellor of Oxford in 1380. "Berton's Chancellorship is important because of its connection with the Wycliffite controversy respecting the sacrament which then agitated Oxford. " [5]

Early History of the Berton family

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Berton Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Berton family name include Burton, Birton, Byrton, Burtone and others.

Early Notables of the Berton family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Thomas Burton (died 1661), of Brampton Hall, Westmorland, English MP for Westmorland from 1656 to 1659; Hezekiah Burton (1632-1681), an English theologian; William Burton (1575-1645), an English antiquarian, best known as the author of the...
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Migration of the Berton family to Ireland

Some of the Berton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Berton migration to the United States

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Berton family to immigrate North America:

Berton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Berton, who arrived in Virginia in 1646
  • William Berton, who arrived in Virginia in 1646 [6]
  • Gameliel Berton, who landed in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1658 [6]
Berton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles Berton, who landed in Arkansas in 1887 [6]
  • Charles Berton, who arrived in Arkansas in 1887

Berton migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Berton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Jacques Berton left Saintonge and settled in Québec in 1717
  • Mr. Peter Berton U.E. born in Long Island, New York, USA who settled in Fredericton, New Brunswick c. 1783 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Berton (post 1700)

  • Vic Berton (1896-1951), American jazz drummer with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Sean Berton (b. 1979), former American NFL football tight end who played from 2003 to 2005
  • Stefania Berton (b. 1990), Italian pair skater
  • Liliane Berton (b. 1924), French soprano
  • Pierre Montan Berton (1727-1780), French composer and conductor, father of Henri-Montan Berton
  • Henri-Montan Berton (1767-1844), French composer, teacher, and writer
  • Henri Berton, French archer at the 1908 Summer Olympics
  • Father Giuseppe Berton (1932-2013), Italian missionary of the Xaverian Brothers
  • George Frederick Street Berton (1808-1840), Canadian lawyer from Burton Parish in Sunbury County, New Brunswick
  • Annibale Berton (1936-2004), Italian sprint canoer at the 1960 Summer Olympics
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  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  4. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  5. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  6. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  7. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
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