The name Berb is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of the Britain and comes from the baptismal name meaning the son of Barbara
. The name is equally often of nickname
derivation and was given to a man with a heavy beard.
Early Origins of the Berb family
The surname Berb was first found in Hampshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Berb family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Berb research.Another 411 words (29 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1229, 1500, 1795 and 1602 are included under the topic Early Berb History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Berb Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Berb has been spelled many different ways, including Barbe, Barb, Berb, Berbe, Barrbe, Berrbe and others.
Early Notables of the Berb family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Berb family to Ireland
Some of the Berb family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Berb family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Berbs to arrive in North America: Adrian Barbe, who arrived in Virginia in 1621; Anne Barbe, who arrived in America in 1709; Rudolph Barbe, who came to Nova Scotia in 1752; and Henry Barbe, who settled in Baltimore in 1833..