The lineage of the name Bearfod begins with the Anglo-Saxon
tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived on farmland near a riverbank. The surname Bearfod was originally derived from the Old English words byrde
which mean riverbank
and farmed land.
The name was also given to those who came from Bardfield,
a place in Essex.
Early Origins of the Bearfod family
The surname Bearfod was first found in Essex
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Bearfod family
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Bearfod Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Bearfod has undergone many spelling variations
, including Barrfield, Barfield, Barfeild, Bardfield, Bardefeld, Berdefeld and many more.
Early Notables of the Bearfod family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bearfod family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Bearfod were among those contributors: Thomas Barfeild, who sailed to Virginia in 1643. Ann Barfield journeyed to America in 1771.