The name Bearfood is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when a family lived on farmland near a riverbank. The surname Bearfood 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 Bearfood family
The surname Bearfood was first found in Essex
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Bearfood family
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Bearfood 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 Bearfood family name include Barrfield, Barfield, Barfeild, Bardfield, Bardefeld, Berdefeld and many more.
Early Notables of the Bearfood family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bearfood family to the New World and Oceana
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 Bearfood surname or a spelling variation of the name include : Thomas Barfeild, who sailed to Virginia in 1643. Ann Barfield journeyed to America in 1771.