Berryhill History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name is originally of Norman origin, deriving from the old French word "barri," meaning "rampart;" though, it is also thought that a small number of bearers of this name come from the Gaelic names "ó Beargha," or "ó Báire."

Early Origins of the Berryhill family

The surname Berryhill was first found in Cork (Irish: Corcaigh) the ancient Kingdom of Deis Muin (Desmond), located on the southwest coast of Ireland in the province of Munster. "The Barrys were amongst the earliest Anglo-Norman settlers in Ireland, and have held large possessions in the county of Cork ever since the reign of Henry II. They had immense possessions, and their chief seat, Castle Lyons, vied in splendor with the most celebrated mansions in the South of Ireland. Their early residences at Barryscourt and Buttevant were also extensive and strong. " [1]

Phillip de Barry ( fl. 1183), was a warrior, the son of William de Barry, by Angharat, uterine sister of Robert Fitz-Stephen. "Having received from his uncle a grant of three cantreds in his own half of 'the kingdom of Cork,' viz. Olethan (north of Cork), afterwards 'Barrymore,' Muskerry Donegan (round Baltimore), and Killede, he came to Ireland at the end of February 1183, accompanied by his brother Gerald and their followers, to take possession and to assist his uncle Fitz-Stephen. " [2]

Important Dates for the Berryhill family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Berryhill research. Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1179, 1490, 1535, 1627, 1901, 1550, 1617, 1591, 1605, 1642, 1641, 1603, 1672, 1659, 1717, 1692, 1703, 1703, 1713, 1713 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Berryhill History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Berryhill Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Barry, Barrie, Barre, de Barri, Barrey, Barree and many more.

Early Notables of the Berryhill family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name at this time was David Fitz-James de Barry, 18th Baron Barry, 5th Viscount Buttevant (c. 1550-1617), an Irish peer; "Lo" (James) Barry (ca. 1591), considered to be the first Irish dramatist: David Barry, Earl of Barrymore (1605-1642), a soldier killed in the war of...
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Berryhill migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Berryhill Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Allison Berryhill, who arrived in Texas in 1830 [3]
  • Hannah Cornelia Berryhill, who landed in Texas in 1830 [3]
  • Samuel Berryhill, who arrived in Texas in 1830 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Berryhill (post 1700)

  • Tom Berryhill (b. 1953), American Republican politician in the California State Senate [4]
  • Damon Scott Berryhill (b. 1963), American former Major League Baseball catcher
  • Cindy Lee Berryhill, American singer-songwriter
  • Bob Berryhill (b. 1947), American founding member of The Surfaris


  1. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2011, June 20) . Retrieved from
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