Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Bearfoit is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived on farmland near a riverbank. The surname Bearfoit was originally derived from the Old English words byrde and feld, 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 Bearfoit family
Essex, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Bearfoit family
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Bearfoit 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. Bearfoit has been spelled many different ways, including Barrfield, Barfield, Barfeild, Bardfield, Bardefeld, Berdefeld and many more.
Early Notables of the Bearfoit family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bearfoit 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 Bearfoits to arrive in North America: Thomas Barfeild, who sailed to Virginia in 1643. Ann Barfield journeyed to America in 1771.
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