Berry History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 added many new elements to an already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Berry family lived in the county of Devon, where the family settled after arriving in England with William the Conqueror at the time of the Norman Conquest of England. The name is derived from the phrase at the Bury which has evolved to the more modern term borough.

Early Origins of the Berry family

The surname Berry was first found in Devon, in the parish of Berry-Pomeroy and before that Berry or Berri was the appellation of one of the old provinces of France. [1] [2] Another source notes "scattered disconnectedly over England. It is most numerous in Lancashire, and afterwards in the counties of Northampton, Warwick, and Devon. Probably it is usually derived from places, Berry being the name of a Devonshire parish, whilst Bury is the name of towns and localities in Lancashire, Suffolk, etc." [3]

Important Dates for the Berry family

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Berry Spelling Variations

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Berry, Bery, Berey, De Berry and others.

Early Notables of the Berry family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Berry, High Sheriff of Herefordshire in 1450; Sir Thomas Berry of Buckland; Alexander Berry (1781-1873), Scottish surgeon, merchant, and explorer after whom the Australian town is named; Sir John Berry (1635-1690), English naval officer of the Royal Navy, and was in 1675 the captain of the annual convoy to Newfoundland; and Major-General James Berry (d. 1691), English Parliamentary officer who fought in the English Civil War. On the more infamous side, it is claimed that Charlotte de Berry (born 1636) was an English female...
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Migration of the Berry family to Ireland

Some of the Berry family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Berry migration to the United States

Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Berry or a variant listed above:

Berry Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Zeeheriah Berry, who arrived in America in 1620 [4]
  • John Berry who settled in Virginia in 1626
  • Elizabeth Berry who settled in Virginia in 1636
  • Richard Berry, who arrived in New England in 1636 [4]
  • Edward Berry, who arrived in Maryland in 1637 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Berry Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Phill Berry, who arrived in Virginia in 1700 [4]
  • Anne Berry, who landed in Virginia in 1701 [4]
  • Margaret Berry, who arrived in Virginia in 1702 [4]
  • Dowland Berry, who arrived in Virginia in 1703 [4]
  • Richard Berry, who arrived in Virginia in 1704 [4]
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Berry Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Berry, who arrived in America in 1811 [4]
  • Godfrey Berry, aged 32, who landed in New York in 1812 [4]
  • Francis Berry, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [4]
  • Michael Berry, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [4]
  • Joseph Berry, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817 [4]
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Berry migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Berry Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • William Berry, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • John Berry, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Go Berry, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Timothy Berry, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Patrick Berry, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1775
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Berry Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Berry, who landed in Canada in 1817
  • John Berry, aged 26, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Eweretta" in 1833
  • James Berry, aged 22, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Leslie Gault" in 1834
  • Patrick Berry, aged 24, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin, Ireland
  • Elizbeth Berry, who emigrated from Ireland to Quebec in 1835
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Berry migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Berry Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Berry, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • James Berry, English convict from Wiltshire, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [6]
  • James Berry, English convict from Worcester, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • J. Berry, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839 [8]
  • William Berry, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "D'Auvergne" in 1839 [9]
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Berry migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Berry Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Rebecca Berry, who landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1837 aboard the ship Venturess
  • Percival Berry, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Frederick Thomas Berry, aged 22, a carpenter, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • Elizabeth Jane Berry, aged 20, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • Thomas Richard Berry, aged 25, a farm labourer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Fifeshire" in 1842
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Contemporary Notables of the name Berry (post 1700)

  • Kenneth Ronald "Ken" Berry (1933-2018), American sitcom actor, dancer and singer, known for his roles in F Troop, The Andy Griffith Show and more
  • Frederick E. Berry (1949-2018), American Democrat politician, Elected Massachusetts State Senate Second Essex District 2002, Majority Leader of the Massachusetts Senate (2003-2013) [10]
  • Cornelius John "Neil" Berry (1922-2016), American Major League Baseball infielder who played from 1948 to 1954
  • John Berry (1963-2016), American hardcore punk musician, founding member of the Beastie Boys
  • Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry (1926-2017), iconic and influential African-American guitarist, singer and songwriter, 2014 Polar Music Prize laureate
  • James O. "Jim" Berry (1932-2015), American comic strip artist, known for his strip "Berry's World," awarded the National Headliner Award in 1967 and the National Cartoonists Society award for Best Special Feature in 1970 and 1972
  • Walter Berry (b. 1964), American former professional basketball player
  • Samuel Stillman Berry (1887-1984), American marine zoologist
  • Edward Wilber Berry (1875-1945), American paleontologist and botanist, awarded the Walker Prize (1901) and Mary Clark Thompson Medal (1942)
  • Brigadier-General Robert Ward Berry (1902-1960), American Commanding Officer, 1st Region US Army Air Defense Command (1960) [11]
  • ... (Another 195 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Berry family

Empress of Ireland
  • Miss Ethel de la Tour Berry (1894-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [12]
  • Mr. Daniel Berry (1890-1914), American Third Class Passenger from Springfield, Illinois, United States who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [12]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Donald Ridge Berry, British Signal Boy, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [13]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Kenneth Pearson Berry, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [14]
  • Mr. Richard Martin Berry, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [14]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. James Winford Berry, American Fireman Second Class from Ohio, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [15]
  • Mr. Gordon Eugene Berry, American Fireman Second Class from Colorado, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [15]

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Citations

  1. ^ Charnock, Richard, Stephen, Ludus Patronymicus of The Etymology of Curious Surnames. London: Trubner & Co., 60 Paternoster Row, 1868. Print.
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Andromeda voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1832 with 186 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1832
  8. ^ State Library of South Australia. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) ASIA 1839 from London with Captain Benjamin Freeman and 245 passengers, arrived Port Adelaide on 16-07-1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Asia-list.htm
  9. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) D'AUVERGNE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839D'Auvergne.htm
  10. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 24) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  11. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 6) Robert Berry. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Berry/Robert_Ward/USA.html
  12. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  13. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  14. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  15. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html
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