Berrehan is one of the many new names that came to England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Berrehan family lived in any of several places of this name in the counties of Middlesex and Kent
having derived from the Old English words beorg,
meaning homestead. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early Origins of the Berrehan family
The surname Berrehan was first found in Kent
, where Barham is a village and civil parish in the City of Canterbury. It was listed as Bioraham in 799 and later as Bercheham in the Domesday Book.CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
The first record of the surname was Warine de Berham, as holding lands in Kent
Early History of the Berrehan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Berrehan research.Another 232 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1535, 1390, 1391, 1634, 1621, 1595, 1667, 1625 and 1626 are included under the topic Early Berrehan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Berrehan Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Barham, Bareham, Barrham, Braham, Bearham, Bereham and many more.
Early Notables of the Berrehan family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Richard de Berham, Sheriff of Kent
(1390-1391); Sir Edward Barkham (died 1634), an English merchant, Lord Mayor of London... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Berrehan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Berrehan family to Ireland
Some of the Berrehan family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 115 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Berrehan family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Berrehan name or one of its variants: Anthony Barham who settled in Virginia in 1626; L. Berham arrived in San Francisco, California, in 1850; Mary Barham settled in Virginia in 1654; Thomas Barham settled in Maryland in 1720..