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The Anglo-Saxon name Bearfold comes from when the family resided on farmland near a riverbank. The surname Bearfold 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.

Bearfold Early Origins



The surname Bearfold was first found in Essex, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Bearfold Spelling Variations


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Bearfold Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Bearfold include Barrfield, Barfield, Barfeild, Bardfield, Bardefeld, Berdefeld and many more.

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Bearfold Early History


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Bearfold Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bearfold research. Another 551 words (39 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1175, 1275, 1312, 1300, 1500 and 1650 are included under the topic Early Bearfold History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bearfold Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bearfold Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration



A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Thomas Barfeild, who sailed to Virginia in 1643. Ann Barfield journeyed to America in 1771.

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    5. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    6. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    10. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
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    The Bearfold Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bearfold 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 31 January 2014 at 13:42.

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