Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Bearce is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in one of two towns called Birchill in the countys of Derbyshire and Staffordshire.
Early Origins of the Bearce family
Kent, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Early History of the Bearce family
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Bearce Spelling Variations
hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Bearce has been spelled many different ways, including Birchall, Birchill, Birchalls, Birchills and many more.
Early Notables of the Bearce family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bearce family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Bearces to arrive in North America: Henry Birchall who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1824; Thomas Walmsley Birchall arrived in Philadelphia in 1835; Elias Birchall in 1845; William Birchall in 1852.
Contemporary Notables of the name Bearce (post 1700)
The Bearce Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Quaerere verum
Motto Translation: To seek the truth.
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