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Berkewithay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Berkewithay reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Berkewithay family lived in the town of Barkwith, in the county of Lincolnshire.

Early Origins of the Berkewithay family

The surname Berkewithay was first found in Lincolnshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Berkewithay family

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Berkewithay Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Berkewithay include Barksworth, Backwith, Backworth, Barkworth, Barkwith, Barkworse and many more.

Early Notables of the Berkewithay family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Berkewithay family to the New World and Oceana

In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Berkewithays to arrive on North American shores: John Barkeworth who settled in Virginia in 1654.

The Berkewithay 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: Esto quod esse videris
Motto Translation: Be what you seem to be.

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