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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.

Bearss Early Origins



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.

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Bearss Spelling Variations


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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.

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Bearss Early History


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Bearss Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bearss research. Another 409 words (29 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1084, 1165, 1185, and 1582 are included under the topic Early Bearss History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bearss Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bearss Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Bearss Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bearss (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bearss (post 1700)



  • Hiram Iddings Bearss (1875-1938), American Republican politician, Received the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Philippine Islands, 1901-02
  • George Russell Bearss (1834-1911), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1856; Member of Indiana State House of Representatives, 1875
  • Daniel Robert Bearss (1809-1884), American Republican politician, Member of Indiana State House of Representatives; Member of Indiana State Senate; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1856
  • Albert Cole Bearss (b. 1836), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1888; Postmaster

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    3. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    4. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    6. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    7. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    9. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    10. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
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    The Bearss Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bearss Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 27 October 2015 at 11:22.

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