Early Origins of the Bernous family
The surname Bernous 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 Bernous family
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Bernous Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Bernous has been spelled many different ways, including Barnhouse, Barnehouse, Bernehouse, Barnus, Bernus and others.
Early Notables of the Bernous family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bernous family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Bernouss to arrive in North America: 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..