The origins of the Bawdsey name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived 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 Bawdsey family
The surname Bawdsey 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 Bawdsey family
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Bawdsey Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Bawdsey were recorded, including Bardsley, Bardsey, Bardsea, Bardsly, Bardesey and many more.
Early Notables of the Bawdsey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bawdsey family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Bawdsey family emigrate to North America: 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.