The name Beerey is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family lived 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 Beerey family
The surname Beerey 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 Beerey family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beerey research.Another 239 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1207, 1684, 1354 and 1355 are included under the topic Early Beerey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Beerey Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Beerey are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Beerey include: Beare, Bear, Beer, Bere, Beares, Bears, Beers and many more.
Early Notables of the Beerey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Beerey family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Beerey 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.