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Berkshire is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in Berkshire, Wiltshire, and Yorkshire. The name was originally rendered in the Old English form Berrocsire, which was originally derived from the town so named, and later evolved into its more modern form. It is of ancient Celtic derivation, coming from the elements berro, meaning hilly, and scir, meaning district.

Berkshire Early Origins



The surname Berkshire was first found in Wiltshire, where the name may have developed to identify a person from Berkshire County.

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Berkshire Spelling Variations


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Berkshire Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Berkshire family name include Berkshire, Burkshire, Birkshire, Berkshir and others.

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Berkshire Early History


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Berkshire Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Berkshire research. Another 264 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1249, 1317, and 1525 are included under the topic Early Berkshire History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Berkshire Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Berkshire Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Berkshire Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Berkshire surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Berkshire Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Martha Berkshire, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States from South Shields England, in 1909
  • William Berkshire, aged 6, who landed in America from South Shields England, in 1909
  • Clarence Berkshire, aged 22, who settled in America from Chicago, Ill., in 1912
  • Alfred Berkshire, aged 48, who emigrated to the United States, in 1921

Berkshire Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Berkshire arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MOFFATT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Moffatt.htm
  • Martha Berkshire arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MOFFATT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Moffatt.htm
  • Martha Ann Berkshire arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MOFFATT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Moffatt.htm

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Contemporary Notables of the name Berkshire (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Berkshire (post 1700)



  • Ralph Lazier Berkshire (1816-1902), American Republican politician, Judge of West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, 1863-66, 1868-72; Member of West Virginia State Senate 10th District, 1875-77
  • John G. Berkshire, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1868

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MOFFATT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Moffatt.htm

Other References

  1. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  6. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  7. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  9. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  10. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
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The Berkshire Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Berkshire Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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