Bermen is a name that was carried to England
in the great wave of migration from Normandy
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Bermen family lived in any of several places of this name in the counties of Middlesex and Kent
having derived from the Old English words beorg,
Early Origins of the Bermen family
The surname Bermen was first found in Kent
, where Barham is a village and civil parish in the City of Canterbury. It was listed as Bioraham in 799 and later as Bercheham in the Domesday Book.CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
The first record of the surname was Warine de Berham, as holding lands in Kent
Early History of the Bermen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bermen research.Another 203 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1535, 1390, 1391, 1634, 1621, 1595, 1667, 1625 and 1626 are included under the topic Early Bermen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bermen Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Bermen were recorded, including Barham, Bareham, Barrham, Braham, Bearham, Bereham and many more.
Early Notables of the Bermen family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Richard de Berham, Sheriff of Kent
(1390-1391); Sir Edward Barkham (died 1634), an English merchant, Lord Mayor of London... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bermen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bermen family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Bermen arrived in North America very early: Anthony Barham who settled in Virginia in 1626; L. Berham arrived in San Francisco, California, in 1850; Mary Barham settled in Virginia in 1654; Thomas Barham settled in Maryland in 1720..