Bareham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Bareham reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Bareham family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Bareham family lived in any of several places of this name in the counties of Middlesex and Kent having derived from the Old English words beorg, meaning hill, and ham, meaning homestead. 
Early Origins of the Bareham family
The surname Bareham was first found in Kent, where Barham is a village and civil parish in the City of Canterbury. An ancient Saxon village, it was listed as Bioraham in 799  and later as Bercheham in the Domesday Book.  There are also parishes in the Dioceses Ely, Chichester, and Norwich.
The first record of the surname was Warine de Berham, as holding lands in Kent in 1203. 
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included some early spellings for the name: Simon de Bernham in Norfolk; and Walter de Bernham in Suffolk. 
The Placita de Quo Warranto, temp. Edward I-III listed John de Bernham, Kent, 20 Edward I (during the twentieth year of King Edward I's reign) and Thomas de Bernham, Suffolk.
"The family were lords of Barham, in Kent, at an early period, and according to Philipot, the Kentish genealogist, descendants of Robert de Berham, son of Richard Fitz-Urse, and brother of one of the assassins of Thomas a Beckett. " 
"The Sussex Barhams are probably connected with the ancient Kentish family of Barham. In the 13th century Baham was a Suffolk name. " 
Early History of the Bareham family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bareham research. Another 133 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1535, 1535, 1390, 1391, 1634, 1621, 1595, 1667, 1625, 1626, 1577, 1670 and 1726 are included under the topic Early Bareham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bareham Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Bareham include Barham, Bareham, Barrham, Braham, Bearham, Bereham and many more.
Early Notables of the Bareham family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Richard de Berham, Sheriff of Kent (1390-1391); Sir Edward Barkham (died 1634), an English merchant, Lord Mayor of London in 1621; and Sir Edward Barkham, 1st Baronet of South Acre (1595-1667), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1625 and 1626.
Nicholas Barham (d. 1577), was an early English lawyer, "a native of Wadhurst, Sussex. His family had been settled there for some generations, being a branch of...
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Migration of the Bareham family
In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Barehams to arrive on North American shores: Anthony Barham who settled in Virginia in 1626; L. Berham arrived in San Francisco, California, in 1850; Mary Barham settled in Virginia in 1654; Thomas Barham settled in Maryland in 1720..
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