Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Bearlay is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in the county of Hertfordshire
, where they took their name from the parish of Barley
. Barley is also a village in the borough of Pendle, in Lancashire
which dates back to 1266.
Early Origins of the Bearlay family
The surname Bearlay was first found in Hertfordshire
, and perhaps Essex
where Borley is a village and civil parish. Many of the family claim descent from the village and civil parish of Albury.
Early History of the Bearlay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bearlay research.Another 76 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1591, 1451, 1521, 1501, 1466, 1487, 1529, 1529, 1557, 1565 and 1614 are included under the topic Early Bearlay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bearlay Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Bearlay has been spelled many different ways, including Barley, Barly, Barely, Barle, Barlay and others.
Early Notables of the Bearlay family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include William Barley (1451-1521) of Albury, Hertfordshire
. He was attainted of treason for his support of Perkin Warbeck and lost all his lands. Pardoned in 1501, he was once again in possession of his lands, including the manors of Wicken, Elsenham, Albury, Wickhamstead and... Another 63 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bearlay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bearlay family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Bearlays to arrive in North America: Anthony Barley who settled in Virginia in 1653; Elizabeth Barley settled in Barbados in 1654; Michael Barle arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1751.