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.
Early Origins of the Bearfold family
Essex, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Bearfold family
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Bearfold Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Bearfold family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bearfold family to the New World and Oceana
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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