name Bearsly comes from when the family resided in Suffolk
, where the family could be found since the early Middle Ages.
Early Origins of the Bearsly family
The surname Bearsly 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 Bearsly family
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Bearsly Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Bearsly has been recorded under many different variations, including Burstall, Burstal, Burstalle, Birstall, Birkestalle, Berstall, Byrstall, Burstow, Burstoe and many more.
Early Notables of the Bearsly family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bearsly family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Bearsly or a variant listed above:
Bearsly Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Mary Harvey Bearsly, who settled in Massachusetts in 1635
- Joseph Bearsly, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1635
- William Bearsly, who settled in Massachusetts in 1635