The ancestors of the Berkeworthay family brought their name to England
in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived in the town of Barkwith
, in the county of Lincolnshire.
Early Origins of the Berkeworthay family
The surname Berkeworthay was first found in Lincolnshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Berkeworthay family
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Berkeworthay Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Barksworth, Backwith, Backworth, Barkworth, Barkwith, Barkworse and many more.
Early Notables of the Berkeworthay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Berkeworthay family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Berkeworthay or a variant listed above: John Barkeworth who settled in Virginia in 1654.
The Berkeworthay 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.