The ancient history of the Bardsea name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in the village named Bardsley
. The village itself traces its name back to the Old English words Beornred's leah,
which mean Beornred's wood
or Beornred's clearing.
The personal name Beornred
means warrior counsel.
Early Origins of the Bardsea family
The surname Bardsea was first found in Greater Manchester at Bardsley where the earliest record of the place name was Berdesley in 1422. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Bardsey is a small village in the City of Leeds, in West Yorkshire
and dates back to the Domesday Book
where it was listed as Berdesei. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
"Bardsley House, overlooking the glen of the Medlock, is the seat of John Jonah Harrop, Esq. Many generations of the Bardsley family held the estate, under the lords of Ashton, by the feudal
payment of a rose and one penny, annually: the property subsequently came, by marriage, to the Tetlows." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Bardsea family
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Bardsea Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Bardsea include Bardsley, Bardsey, Bardsea, Bardsly, Bardesey and many more.
Early Notables of the Bardsea family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bardsea family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled 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 ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Bardsea or a variant listed above: William Beardsley, who came to New England
in 1635 with Mary his wife and three children; Alexander Beardsley, who arrived in Delaware Bay in 1683 with his wife and daughter.