The ancestors of the bearers of the Beeray family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found in Devon
, where they took their name from one of the many places named Bear, Beare, Beara,
etc., found in that county. The surname is likely to be derived from the Old English word bearu,
which means grove.
Several early instances of that name are in the form le beare,
or the bear,
from the Old English bera.
Early Origins of the Beeray family
The surname Beeray was first found in Devon
where there are two places on the banks of Tamar called Beer-Alston and Beer-Ferris. In Dorset
, place names include Beer- Hacket and Beer-Regis. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
The earliest reference of the name was in Devon
where it was listed as Bera in the Domesday Book 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 Beeray family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beeray research.Another 239 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1207, 1684, 1354 and 1355 are included under the topic Early Beeray History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Beeray Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Beeray include Beare, Bear, Beer, Bere, Beares, Bears, Beers and many more.
Early Notables of the Beeray family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Beeray family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Beeray or a variant listed above: Christopher and Mary Bere, who settled on the eastern seaboard at a very early time with their two daughters Mary and Elizabeth. They settled in Georgia in the 17th century. Walter and Ann Beare settled in Virginia in 1620.