Origins Available: English
Early Origins of the Bernhouse family
The surname Bernhouse 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 Bernhouse family
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Bernhouse Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Bernhouse has been recorded under many different variations, including Barnhouse, Barnehouse, Bernehouse, Barnus, Bernus and others.
Early Notables of the Bernhouse family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bernhouse family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Bernhouse or a variant listed above: 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..