Beareley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Beareley is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when a family lived 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 Beareley family

The surname Beareley 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.

Important Dates for the Beareley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beareley research. Another 76 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1591, 1451, 1521, 1501, 1466, 1487, 1529, 1529, 1557, 1565 and 1614 are included under the topic Early Beareley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Beareley Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Beareley family name include Barley, Barly, Barely, Barle, Barlay and others.

Early Notables of the Beareley 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 of...
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Migration of the Beareley family

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Beareley surname or a spelling variation of the name include : 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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