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Berkeword History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Berkeword is one of the many names that the Normans brought with them when they conquered England in 1066. The Berkeword family lived in the town of Barkwith, in the county of Lincolnshire.

Early Origins of the Berkeword family

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

Early History of the Berkeword family

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Another 211 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 108 and 1086 are included under the topic Early Berkeword History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Berkeword 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 Berkeword family name include Barksworth, Backwith, Backworth, Barkworth, Barkwith, Barkworse and many more.

Early Notables of the Berkeword family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Berkeword 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 Berkeword family to immigrate North America: John Barkeworth who settled in Virginia in 1654.

The Berkeword 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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