Berberrey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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. [1] 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.

Another source notes that the name may be Norman in origin as he notes that "Barberi, famous of Old Forits Abbey (1170), is a parish near Falaise, in Normandy." [2]

Early Origins of the Berberrey family

The surname Berberrey was first found in London, where the Barberry spelling was the most popular. Late marriage records show: William Grosse and Barbery Marbeck were married at St. Antholin (London) in 1581. (Note the use as a forename) Helline, daughter of Henrie Barbery, was buried at St. James, Clerkenwell in 1609. Barbery, daughter of Jeremiah and Barbery Bird married at St. Mary Aldermary in 1696 and Francis Lee and Catherine Barberry were married at St. James, Clerkenwell in 1715. [1]

Early History of the Berberrey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Berberrey research. Another 203 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1500, 1609, 1674, 1715 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Berberrey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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

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.



  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


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