Berkess is an Anglo-Saxon
name. The name was originally given to a person who stripped trees of bark for tanning. CITATION[CLOSE]
Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
The name Berkess is also an occupational
name for a person who tended sheep at pasture.
Early Origins of the Berkess family
The surname Berkess was first found in Cambridgeshire
, where one of the first records of the family was Alan le Barkere who was listed there in the Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273. The same rolls listed Robert Barcarius in Lincolnshire
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Berkess family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Berkess research.Another 317 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1577, 1600, 1619, 1652, 1700, 1722, 1734, 1774, 1788, 1804, 1806, 1808, 1809, 1609, 1652, 1635, 1664, 1655, 1696, 1680, 1696, 1685, 1731, 1708, 1715, 1722, 1619, 1698, 1623, 1702, 1678, 1679, 1739, 1749 and 1793 are included under the topic Early Berkess History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Berkess 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 Berkess has appeared include Barker, Barkers, Barkes, Barkess, Barkere, Barkar and others.
Early Notables of the Berkess family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir Christopher Barker, a distinguished British diplomat and court official in the 16th century; Sir John Barker, 1st Baronet
(c.1609-c. 1652); and his son, Sir John Barker, 2nd Baronet
(c.1635-1664); and his son, Sir John Barker, 4th Baronet
(1655-1696), an English Baronet
and politician, Member... Another 70 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Berkess Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Berkess family to Ireland
Some of the Berkess family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 70 words (5 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 Berkess 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 Berkess arrived in North America very early: Edmund Barker, who sailed to Maine in 1625; Alice Barker to Virginia in 1648; Samuel Barker to West New Jersey in 1664; Elizabeth Barker to Barbados in 1669.
The Berkess 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: Fide sed cui vide
Motto Translation: Trust, but in whom take care.
Berkess Family Crest Products
- ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. 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)