The ancient roots of the Berdesly family name are in the Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name Berdesly comes from when the family lived in the village named Bardsley
. The village itself traces its name back to the Old English words Beornred's leah,
which mean Beornred's wood
or Beornred's clearing.
The personal name Beornred
means warrior counsel.
Early Origins of the Berdesly family
The surname Berdesly was first found in Greater Manchester at Bardsley where the earliest record of the place name was Berdesley in 1422. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Bardsey is a small village in the City of Leeds, in West Yorkshire
and dates back to the Domesday Book
where it was listed as Berdesei. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
"Bardsley House, overlooking the glen of the Medlock, is the seat of John Jonah Harrop, Esq. Many generations of the Bardsley family held the estate, under the lords of Ashton, by the feudal
payment of a rose and one penny, annually: the property subsequently came, by marriage, to the Tetlows." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Berdesly family
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Berdesly 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 Berdesly has appeared include Bardsley, Bardsey, Bardsea, Bardsly, Bardesey and many more.
Early Notables of the Berdesly family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Berdesly family to the New World and Oceana
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 Berdesly arrived in North America very early: William Beardsley, who came to New England
in 1635 with Mary his wife and three children; Alexander Beardsley, who arrived in Delaware Bay in 1683 with his wife and daughter.