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Of all the 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.

Bearce Early Origins



The surname Bearce was first found in Kent, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Bearce Spelling Variations


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Bearce Spelling Variations



The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few 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.

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Bearce Early History


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Bearce Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bearce research. Another 265 words (19 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bearce History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bearce Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bearce Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Bearce Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bearce (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bearce (post 1700)



  • Lewis D. Bearce, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maine, 1952
  • Herbert E. Bearce, American Republican politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Bozrah, 1926
  • H. W. Bearce, American Republican politician, Member of Maine State House of Representatives from Oxford County (4th), 1931-32
  • Edwin M. Bearce, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 11th District, 1857-58
  • Edna Bearce, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maine, 1956

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Motto


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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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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    2. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    4. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    5. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    8. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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    The Bearce Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bearce Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 19 October 2015 at 15:04.

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