Berberray History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Berberray comes from a baptismal name meaning son of Barbara. In some instances, the name may have also been a nickname for someone, such as a Moor or Berber, who appeared to be of North African heritage. In such a case the name is a reference to the Barbary Coast of North Africa.

Early Origins of the Berberray family

The surname Berberray was first found in Leicestershire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Berberray family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Berberray research. Another 192 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1500, 1609, 1674 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Berberray History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Berberray Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Berberray has appeared include Barberry, Barbary, Barbery, Barberrie, Baberie, Berberry and many more.

Early Notables of the Berberray family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Berberray family

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Berberray arrived in North America very early: Thomas Barbery of Maryland who arrived in 1666.

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