The Berberrey surname finds its earliest origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name is derived 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 Berberrey family
The surname Berberrey was first found in Leicestershire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Berberrey family
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Berberrey 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 Berberrey 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. The variations of the name Berberrey include: Barberry, Barbary, Barbery, Barberrie, Baberie, Berberry and many more.
Early Notables of the Berberrey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Berberrey 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 Berberrey or a variant listed above: Thomas Barbery of Maryland who arrived in 1666.