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Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Beresford is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in Beresford, in Staffordshire. The name is derived from the word beris, which means bear.

Beresford Early Origins



The surname Beresford was first found in Staffordshire, where the family held "a manor and township in Alstonfield, possessed by the ancestors of the several noble families of this surname for centuries." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
It is generally thought that John de Beresford, Lord of Beresford held a manor "in the best part of the Moorlands" in 1087.

"The manor [of Fenny Bentley, Derbyshire] belonged to a branch of the Beresfords of Staffordshire, who settled at this place in the reign of Henry VI. The elder branch of the Beresfords of Bentley, soon became extinct in the male line, and the manor came, by marriage with their heiress, to the Beresfords of Staffordshire, from whom it passed into various hands." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

"Beresford Hall, an ancient mansion now partly in ruins, stands on the west bank of the Dove, about two miles above Alstonfield. The Beresford Hall estate gives the title of Viscount to William Carr Beresford, general in the army, and Duke of Elvas, in Portugal, whose family has possessed this manor from the time of the Conquest." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Years later, Adam de Beresford was listed in the Subsidy Rolls in Staffordshire in 1327. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list William de Beresford in Cambridgeshire. [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Iselhempstead Latimer in Buckinghamshire was another ancient family seat. "This place, with the surrounding estate, belonged in the reign of Edward III. to Simon Beresford." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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Beresford Spelling Variations


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Beresford Spelling Variations



The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Beresford has been spelled many different ways, including Beresford, Berresford, Berrisford, Berisford, Bereford and many more.

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Beresford Early History


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Beresford Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beresford research. Another 243 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1768, 1854, 1893, 1673, 1681, 1669, 1701, 1694, 1763 and 1746 are included under the topic Early Beresford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Beresford Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Beresford Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beresford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Beresford In Ireland


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Beresford In Ireland



Some of the Beresford family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 135 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Beresfords to arrive in North America:

Beresford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Beresford who settled in Barbados in 1654 with his servants

Beresford Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Samuel Beresford, who arrived in Barbados in 1700
  • John Beresford, who landed in Leeward Islands in 1714

Beresford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Beresford, aged 26, landed in Maryland in 1813
  • William Beresford arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1855
  • Adam Beresford arrived in Philadelphia in 1860
  • Elizth Beresford, aged 25, arrived in New York in 1862
  • Esther Beresford, who landed in New York in 1862
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Beresford Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Anastasia Beresford in Cotterels Island, Quebec in 1856

Beresford Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Mrs. Beresford, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Beresford Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Beresford, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • W.F. Beresford arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Emma" in 1836
  • Thomas Beresford, aged 25, a railway labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Shackamaxon"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Beresford (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Beresford (post 1700)



  • Richard Beresford (1755-1803), American politician
  • Harry Beresford (1864-1944), English actor
  • David Beresford (1947-2016), British journalist for The Guardian newspaper
  • John Hubert de la Poer Beresford (1933-2015), 8th Marquess of Waterford, an Irish peer
  • Steve Beresford (b. 1950), British musician, multi-instumentalist
  • Bruce Beresford (b. 1940), Australian film director
  • Charles William de la Poer Beresford (1846-1919), 1st Baron Beresford, British Admiral and Member of Parliament
  • Viscount William Carr Beresford (1768-1854), British general

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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Nil nisi cruce
Motto Translation: Nothing unless by the cross.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  6. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  7. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  9. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  11. ...

The Beresford Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Beresford Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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