Berkewithy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Berkewithy was brought to England by the Normans when they conquered the country in 1066. The ancestors of the Berkewithy family lived in the town of Barkwith, in the county of Lincolnshire.
Early Origins of the Berkewithy family
The surname Berkewithy was first found in Lincolnshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Berkewithy family
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Berkewithy Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Berkewithy has been recorded under many different variations, including Barksworth, Backwith, Backworth, Barkworth, Barkwith, Barkworse and many more.
Early Notables of the Berkewithy family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Mark Barkworth or Lambert (d. 1601), a Benedictine monk, native of Lincolnshire who converted to the Catholic faith at the age of twenty-two. "After being admitted to holy orders he was...
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Migration of the Berkewithy family
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Berkewithys were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: John Barkeworth who settled in Virginia in 1654.
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.