The history of the Barelee family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living in the county of Hertfordshire
, where they took their name from the parish of Barley
. Barley is also a village in the borough of Pendle, in Lancashire
which dates back to 1266.
Early Origins of the Barelee family
The surname Barelee was first found in Hertfordshire
, and perhaps Essex
where Borley is a village and civil parish. Many of the family claim descent from the village and civil parish of Albury.
Early History of the Barelee family
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Barelee 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 Barelee include Barley, Barly, Barely, Barle, Barlay and others.
Early Notables of the Barelee family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include William Barley (1451-1521) of Albury, Hertfordshire
. He was attainted of treason for his support of Perkin Warbeck and lost all his lands. Pardoned in 1501, he was once again in possession of his lands, including the manors of Wicken, Elsenham, Albury, Wickhamstead and Moulsham. he was High Sheriff
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Migration of the Barelee 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 Barelee or a variant listed above: Anthony Barley who settled in Virginia in 1653; Elizabeth Barley settled in Barbados in 1654; Michael Barle arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1751.
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