The ancestors of the name Bardsey date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence 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 Bardsey family
The surname Bardsey 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 Bardsey family
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Bardsey Spelling Variations
Bardsey has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Bardsey have been found, including Bardsley, Bardsey, Bardsea, Bardsly, Bardesey and many more.
Early Notables of the Bardsey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bardsey family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Bardseys to arrive on North American shores: 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.