Bearss History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Bearss is one of the many new names that came to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Bearss family lived in Somerset. The family name comes from a place in Normandy called Burcy, in the arrondisement of Vire, Canton of Vassy, Normandy.
Early Origins of the Bearss family
The surname Bearss was first found in Somerset where they had been granted lands by William the Conqueror after the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
Early History of the Bearss family
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Bearss Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Bursey, Burcey, Bursie, Boursey, Borsey, Bourcey, Borsie and many more.
Early Notables of the Bearss family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bearss family
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Bearss or a variant listed above were: Richard Bursey, who settled in Maryland in 1742; and Catherine Bursy, who arrived in America in 1752.