The present generation of the Bearry family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived near a town or fortress. Bury is an Old English word for town (modern borough) and means therefore at the borough.
Bury is a place-name in counties Suffolk
, and Huntingdonshire, and the name could have been derived from any one of those place-names.
Early Origins of the Bearry family
The surname Bearry was first found in Devon
where Geoffrey de la Burg and Richard de la Burg were listed in the Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273. The same rolls lists Adam de la Bury and Richard de la Bury in Oxfordshire
. Years later, William atte
Berge and Richard atte
Bury were listed as holding lands during the reign of King Edward III (1327 until his death.) CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Arguably, the name could have had a Norman origin as one reference claims the name was derived from Bourry, near Gisors in Normandy, for it is here that Walbert and Richard de Bouri were listed in the Mangns Rotul. Scaccarii Normanniae in 1198. They are believed to be descended from Eustace de Bouri who was listed there in 1104. CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
Richard de Bury (1287-1345), also known as Richard Aungerville or Aungervyle, was an English bishop, writer and bibliophile, born near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.
Burray is "an island, forming part of the ancient parish of St. Peter, island of South Ronaldshay, South isles of Orkney, Scotland." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Bearry family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bearry research.Another 211 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1287, 1345, 1364, 1806, 1430, 1470, 1446, 1472, 1522, 1535, 1571, 1580, 1667, 1655, 1722, 1624, 1714, 1666, 1690, 1644, 1720, 1655, 1722 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Bearry History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bearry 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 Bearry include Bury, Burye, Burys, Buris, Burri, Burrey, Burry and others.
Early Notables of the Bearry family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: John Bury ( fl.
1430-1470), Canon of Windsor from 1446 to 1472; John Bury (died c. 1522), English politician, Member of Parliament for Cambridge; William Bury, a London draper; and his son, John Bury (1535-1571), an English translator; John Bury... Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bearry Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bearry family to Ireland
Some of the Bearry family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 80 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bearry 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 Bearry were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: William Bury, who settled in New England
in 1761; William Bury, who came to Maryland in 1775; and John and Priscilla Bury, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1822 with their four children..