Bernardston History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Bernardston family
The surname Bernardston 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." 
Important Dates for the Bernardston family
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Bernardston 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 Bernardston family name include Barnariston, Barnardeston, Barnardston, Bernardston, Bernardeston, Barneston, Barniston, Barmston, Bernardiston and many more.
Early Notables of the Bernardston 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 Bernardston family
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 Bernardston surname or a spelling variation of the name include: 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.