The name Berghan reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Berghan family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Berghan family lived in any of several places of this name in the counties of Middlesex and Kent
having derived from the Old English words beorg,
meaning homestead. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early Origins of the Berghan family
The surname Berghan was first found in Kent
, where Barham is a village and civil parish in the City of Canterbury. It was listed as Bioraham in 799 and later as Bercheham in the Domesday Book.CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
The first record of the surname was Warine de Berham, as holding lands in Kent
Early History of the Berghan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Berghan research.Another 232 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1535, 1390, 1391, 1634, 1621, 1595, 1667, 1625 and 1626 are included under the topic Early Berghan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Berghan Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Berghan family name include Barham, Bareham, Barrham, Braham, Bearham, Bereham and many more.
Early Notables of the Berghan family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Richard de Berham, Sheriff of Kent
(1390-1391); Sir Edward Barkham (died 1634), an English merchant, Lord Mayor of London... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Berghan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Berghan family to Ireland
Some of the Berghan family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 115 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Berghan family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Berghan family to immigrate North America:
Berghan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- J Friederich Berghan, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752 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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Berghan (post 1700)
- Trevor Berghan (1914-1998), New Zealand rugby union player for Otago (1937-1940), member of the All Blacks in 1938
- Simon Berghan (1990-2014), New Zealand rugby union player for Edinburgh (2014-)