Anglo-Saxon origin and came from the baptismal name meaning the son of Barbara. The name is equally often of nickname derivation and was given to a man with a heavy beard.
Early Origins of the Berrbe family
Hampshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Berrbe family
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Berrbe Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Berrbe have been found, including Barbe, Barb, Berb, Berbe, Barrbe, Berrbe and others.
Early Notables of the Berrbe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Berrbe family to Ireland
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Migration of the Berrbe family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Berrbe, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : Adrian Barbe, who arrived in Virginia in 1621; Anne Barbe, who arrived in America in 1709; Rudolph Barbe, who came to Nova Scotia in 1752; and Henry Barbe, who settled in Baltimore in 1833..
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