The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066 brought the Beardsall family name to the British Isles. They lived in Dorset
. The original derivation of the name, however, is not related to that area, but is probably a geographical reference to some lost town, village, or parish. It is plausible that this place was in Staffordshire
, as the name is extremely common in that area. CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
Early Origins of the Beardsall family
The surname Beardsall was first found in Dorset
, where they had been granted lands by their liege Lord, William the Conqueror, after the Norman Conquest
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Beardsall family
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Beardsall Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Beardmore, Beardsmore, Berdmore, Berdsmore, Birdmore, Beedsmore and many more.
Early Notables of the Beardsall family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Beardsall family to Ireland
Some of the Beardsall family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 59 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Beardsall family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Beardsall or a variant listed above: John Beardmore who arrived in Maryland in 1774.