Origins Available: English
The ancient roots of the Bere family name are in the Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name Bere comes from when the family lived in Devon
, where they took their name from one of the many places named Bear, Beare, Beara,
etc., found in that county. The surname is likely to be derived from the Old English word bearu,
which means grove.
Several early instances of that name are in the form le beare,
or the bear,
from the Old English bera.
Early Origins of the Bere family
The surname Bere was first found in Devon
where there are two places on the banks of Tamar called Beer-Alston and Beer-Ferris. In Dorset
, place names include Beer- Hacket and Beer-Regis. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
The earliest reference of the name was in Devon
where it was listed as Bera in the Domesday Book CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Bere family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bere research.Another 239 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1207, 1684, 1354 and 1355 are included under the topic Early Bere History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bere 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 Bere has appeared include Beare, Bear, Beer, Bere, Beares, Bears, Beers and many more.
Early Notables of the Bere family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bere 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 Bere arrived in North America very early:
Bere Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Christopher and Mary Bere, who settled on the eastern seaboard at a very early time with their two daughters Mary and Elizabeth
- Mr Bere, aged 40, who landed in New York, NY in 1850 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)