Bernardiston History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Bernardiston family
The surname Bernardiston was first found in Suffolk at Barnardiston, a parish, in the union and hundred of Risbridge. "This parish, which comprises by computation 1500 acres, was originally the seat of, and gave name to, the family of Barnardiston, long resident in the adjoining parish of Kedington." 
At one time the family held estates and a family seat in Kedington (or Ketton) in Essex. Kedlington Hall which is located there "was for many generations the residence of the Barnardiston family." 
Early History of the Bernardiston family
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Bernardiston Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Bernardiston were recorded, including Barnariston, Barnardeston, Barnardston, Bernardston, Bernardeston, Barneston, Barniston, Barmston, Bernardiston and many more.
Early Notables of the Bernardiston family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir Thomas Barneston who was made a Knight of the Sword in 1501 at the marriage of Prince Arthur. Sir Thomas Bernardeston was knighted in 1578.
Sir Nathaniel Barnardiston (1588-1653), was an English Puritan and opponent of the government of Charles I. He was "descended from an ancient Suffolk family which took its name from the little village of Barnardiston, or Barnston, near Ketton, or Kedington, where its chief estates lay. The family pedigree goes back to the time of Richard I, and the line of...
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Migration of the Bernardiston family
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Bernardiston family emigrate to North America: Alfred Barnston, aged 4, who arrived at Ellis Island, in 1920; Henry Barnston, aged 52, who arrived at Ellis Island, in 1920; and Ruth Barnston, aged 31, who arrived at Ellis Island, in 1920..
- Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.