name Bearsley comes from the family having resided in Suffolk
, where the family could be found since the early Middle Ages.
Early Origins of the Bearsley family
The surname Bearsley was first found in Suffolk
at Burstall, a village and civil parish that dates back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 when it was listed as Burgestala CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and literally meant "site of a fort or stronghold," from the Old English word "burh-stall." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Bearsley family
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Bearsley Spelling Variations
Bearsley has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few 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. Spelling variants included: Burstall, Burstal, Burstalle, Birstall, Birkestalle, Berstall, Byrstall, Burstow, Burstoe and many more.
Early Notables of the Bearsley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bearsley 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 Bearsleys to arrive on North American shores:
Bearsley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Samuel Bearsley, who arrived in New York in 1835 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Bearsley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- William Bearsley, aged 21, a mechanic, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1873