Early Origins of the Bernehouse family
The surname Bernehouse was first found in Devon
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Rous. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1147 when William Bernehus held estates in that shire.
Early History of the Bernehouse family
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Bernehouse 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 Bernehouse family name include Barnhouse, Barnehouse, Bernehouse, Barnus, Bernus and others.
Early Notables of the Bernehouse family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bernehouse family to the New World and Oceana
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 Bernehouse surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Mabel Barnhouse, aged 42, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Watsonville, Cal., in 1923; and Samuel Dallas Barnhouse, aged 32, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Terralta/WV, in 1917..