The ancestors of the Berny family brought their name to England
in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived in Norfolk
, where they were established since the early Middle Ages. The family's name, however, derives from their former place of residence, the town of Bernai,
in the department of Eure, Normandy
. The popularity of this given name among Normans
in the centuries immediately following the Norman Conquest
of 1066 was greatly increased by virtue of its having been borne by St. Bernard of Clairvaux (c.1090-1153) founder and abbott of a monastery at Clairvaux.
Early Origins of the Berny family
The surname Berny was first found in Norfolk
, where they claim descent from Berney, in the hundred
of North Greenhow. The local
has been lost through the years, but the family held a family seat
at Park Hall in the parish of Reedham. "The baronet's family are asserted to have been at Berney, near Walsingham, co, Norfolk
at the time of the Norman Conquest
a great improbability, although their very early settlement there cannot be questioned." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
What we have confirmed is the family seat was "acquired by the marriage of Sir Thomas de Berney with Margaret, daughter and heir of Sir William de Reedham in the reign of Edward III. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
Early History of the Berny family
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Berny Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Berny were recorded, including Berney, Berny, Bernay, Bernays, Bernys, Burney and others.
Early Notables of the Berny family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Berny family to Ireland
Some of the Berny family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland
is included in all our PDF Extended History products
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Migration of the Berny family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Berny arrived in North America very early:
Berny Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Clough Berny who settled in Virginia in 1635
Berny Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- M Berny, aged 49, who arrived in New York, NY in 1851 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
The Berny Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Nil temere, neque timore
Motto Translation: Nothing rashly.