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The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066 brought the Berrien family name to the British Isles. They lived in Gloucestershire. The family is believed to have been from Brain, near Hainaut in Normandy where they were nobles of the order of St. Empire.

Berrien Early Origins



The surname Berrien was first found in Gloucestershire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. The family name is believed to have been seated in Hainaut in Normandy where they were nobles of the order of St. Empire.

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Berrien Spelling Variations


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Berrien Spelling Variations



A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Brain, Braine, Brayne, Brane, Brayn and others.

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Berrien Early History


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Berrien Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Berrien research. Another 161 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Berrien History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Berrien Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Berrien Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Berrien Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Berrien or a variant listed above:

Berrien Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Cornelis Jansen Berrien, who arrived in New York in 1669
  • Cornelius Janse Berrien, who landed in New York in 1669
  • Cornelius Jansen Berrien, who arrived in Long Island in 1669

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Contemporary Notables of the name Berrien (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Berrien (post 1700)



  • John Macpherson Berrien (1781-1856), American politician, United States Senator from Georgia (1841-1852), 10th United States Attorney General (1829-1831)
  • John Berrien (1711-1772), American jurist, New Jersey supreme court justice, eponym of Berrien County, Georgia and Michigan
  • Rear Admiral Frank Dunn Berrien (1877-1951), American football coach and United States Navy officer, former Commander of the aircraft carrier USS Lexington
  • Jacqueline Ann Berrien (1961-2015), American lawyer and professor, head of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) under President Obama from 2009 to 2014

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    4. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    7. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    9. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    10. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
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    The Berrien Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Berrien Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 11 July 2016 at 08:43.

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