Berigan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Berigan family name dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. The name comes from when an early member worked as a servant at the manor house having derived from the Old English word buri, which refers to "a fortified manor house", and was used to denote someone who worked at such a house.
Early Origins of the Berigan family
The surname Berigan was first found in Hampshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Important Dates for the Berigan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Berigan research. Another 236 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1148, 1176, 1500, 1587, 1615, 1600, 1784, 1807, 1688, 1750, 1691, 1768, 1691, 1688 and 1750 are included under the topic Early Berigan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Berigan Spelling Variations
Berigan has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Berigan have been found, including Berryman, Berriman, Borowman, Buriman, Beriman, Buryman, Birriman, Borrowman and many more.
Early Notables of the Berigan family (pre 1700)
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Berigan migration to Canada
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Berigans to arrive on North American shores:
Berigan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Honors Berigan, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1829
Contemporary Notables of the name Berigan (post 1700)
- Rowland Bernard "Bunny" Berigan (1909-1942), American jazz trumpeter who rose to fame during the Swing Era
- Beth Berigan, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2004 
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