Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence on farmland near a riverbank. The surname Bearfoyd 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 Bearfoyd family
Essex, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Bearfoyd family
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Bearfoyd Spelling Variations
hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Bearfoyd have been found, including Barrfield, Barfield, Barfeild, Bardfield, Bardefeld, Berdefeld and many more.
Early Notables of the Bearfoyd family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bearfoyd family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Bearfoyds to arrive on North American shores: Thomas Barfeild, who sailed to Virginia in 1643. Ann Barfield journeyed to America in 1771.
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