Beres History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Beres name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having 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. 
"A gentleman in Kent, some years since, rejoiced in the Christian and sur-(or rather un-Christian and sur-ly)names of Savage Bear (English Sum.) Although I do not recollect any other instance of this name in modern English, the nomenclature of many European countries, both personal and local, abounds with it in various forms." 
Early Origins of the Beres family
The surname Beres 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.  The earliest reference of the name was in Devon where it was listed as Bera in the Domesday Book 
"Two places on the banks of the Tamar, in co. Devon, are called Beer-Alston and Beer-Ferris, while two others in Dorsetshire bear the names of Beer-Hacket and Beer-Regis." 
In nearby Cornwall, another early listing of the family was found in the parish of St. Ervan. "Treravel, an ancient gentleman's seat, belonged in the days of Hals to George Bere or Beare, gentleman, who married Lanyon. This is now a farm house, the property of John Hicks, Esq."  The barton of Brynn, in the parish of Withiel, Cornwall was formerly a seat of the family of Beare, from whom it passed some time ago.
Early English rolls provide us a glimpse of the spelling variations used through Medieval times. Today we typically need to look beyond the spellings of these entries and concentrate on on a phonetic appreciation of the names. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included: Robert le Ber, Kent; Adam le Bere, Cambridgeshire; Clement le Bere, Oxfordshire; Walter le Bere, Oxfordshire; Lucy de la Bere, Devon; Elyas dela Byare, Devon; John de la Byare, Devon; and Reginald de Bere, Devon. 
In Somerset, John de Bere and Robert atte Bere were listed there 1 Edward III (during the first year of King Edward III's reign.) 
Early History of the Beres family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beres research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1207, 1534, 1614, 1713, 1634, 1680, 1684, 1799, 1354, 1355, 1524 and 1493 are included under the topic Early Beres History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Beres Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Beres has undergone many spelling variations, including Beare, Bear, Beer, Bere, Beares, Bears, Beers and many more.
Early Notables of the Beres family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Richard de la Bere, High Sheriff of Herefordshire in 1354 and 1355.
Richard Bere (d. 1524), was Abbot of Glastonbury and was installed in 1493 as the election of Thomas Wasyn having been quashed by the Bishop of Bath and Wells. "He was a great builder. Leland tells us that...
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Migration of the Beres family
To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Beres were among those contributors: Christopher and Mary Bere, who settled on the eastern seaboard at a very early time with their two daughters Mary and Elizabeth. They settled in Georgia in the 17th century. Walter and Ann Beare settled in Virginia in 1620.
Contemporary Notables of the name Beres (post 1700) +
- Louis René Beres, Swiss-born, American professor of Political Science at Purdue University in West Lafayette
- Zoltán Béres (b. 1970), Hungarian Olympic bronze medalist boxer at the 1992 Olympics
- Tamás Ferenc Béres (b. 1982), Hungarian footballer for Lombard-Pápa TFC
- Pierre Berès (1913-2008), born Pierre Berestov, Swedish-born, French bookseller and antiquarian book collector
- Pervenche Berès (b. 1957), French politician, Member of the European Parliament for the Île-de-France
- Mike Beres (b. 1973), Canadian three-time gold, two-time silver and bronze medalist badminton player
- András Béres (1924-1993), Hungarian football manager and player
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- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
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