The name Bearfoode belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons
. It is a product of their having lived on farmland near a riverbank. The surname Bearfoode 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 Bearfoode family
The surname Bearfoode was first found in Essex
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Bearfoode family
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Bearfoode Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Bearfoode include Barrfield, Barfield, Barfeild, Bardfield, Bardefeld, Berdefeld and many more.
Early Notables of the Bearfoode family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bearfoode family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Bearfoode were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Thomas Barfeild, who sailed to Virginia in 1643. Ann Barfield journeyed to America in 1771.