Berryman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Berryman comes from one of the family having worked as a servant at the manor house having derived from the Old English word buri, which refers to "a fortified manor house", and was used to denote someone who worked at such a house.

Alternatively, "this surname is derived from an occupation. 'the buryman,' i.e. boroughman, a man dwelling within the borough." [1]

Early Origins of the Berryman family

The surname Berryman was first found in Hampshire, where Edricus Buriman was listed at Winton in 1148. Years later in Berkshire, Alexander Beriman was listed in the Pipe Rolls of 1176. [2]

In Somerset, Robert Buryman and William Buryman were both listed there 1 Edward III, (during the first year of King Edward III's reign.) [3]

A very learned family, scanning the Register of the University of Oxford, we found Samuel Beriman, or Berriman, Gloucestershire in 1587-1588 and Hugh Birriman, or Berriman, Somerset, 1615.

Early History of the Berryman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Berryman research. Another 237 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1148, 1176, 1500, 1587, 1615, 1600, 1784, 1807, 1688, 1750, 1691, 1768, 1691, 1688, 1750, 1642, 1642 and 1642 are included under the topic Early Berryman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Berryman 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 Berryman have been found, including: Berryman, Berriman, Borowman, Buriman, Beriman, Buryman, Birriman, Borrowman and many more.

Early Notables of the Berryman family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include William Berriman (1688-1750), a prominent chaplain and writer. John Berriman (1691-1768), was an English divine, born in 1691, was the son of John Berriman, a London apothecary, brother of William Berriman, D.D. (1688-1750), another English divine...
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Berryman Ranking

In the United States, the name Berryman is the 4,274th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [4]


United States Berryman migration to the United States +

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 Berryman, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :

Berryman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Berryman, who arrived in Virginia in 1638 [5]
  • William Berryman, who landed in Virginia in 1657 [5]
  • John Berryman who arrived in Virginia in 1663
  • Mary Berryman, who landed in Maryland in 1671 [5]
Berryman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Robert Berryman, who settled in Virginia in 1718
Berryman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Charles Berryman, (b. 1817), aged 25, Cornish miner departing from Penzance aboard the ship "Triton" arriving in the United States on 11 May 1842 [6]
  • Mrs. Mary Berryman, (b. 1821), aged 21, Cornish settler departing from Penzance aboard the ship "Triton" arriving in the United States on 11 May 1842 [6]
  • Mr. John Berryman, (b. 1824), aged 27, Cornish settler departing from Penzance aboard the ship "Marquis of Chandos" arriving in the United States on 7 June 1851 [6]
  • Ms. Elizabeth Berryman, (b. 1838), aged 55, Cornish housekeeper, from Penzance, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Teutonic" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 27th April 1893 en route to Butte, Montana, USA [7]
  • Miss Lucy Berryman, (b. 1882), aged 11, Cornish settler, from Penzance, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Teutonic" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 27th April 1893 en route to Butte, Montana, USA [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Berryman Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mr. Andrew Berryman, (b. 1857), aged 43, Cornish miner travelling aboard the ship "Saint Louis" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 29th January 1900 en route to Wakefield, Michigan, USA [7]
  • Mrs. Mary E. Berryman, (b. 1869), aged 32, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Saint Paul" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 16th November 1901 en route to New York, USA [7]
  • Mrs. Sarah Berryman, (b. 1872), aged 31, Cornish settler, from Penzance, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Celtic" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 24th January 1903 en route to Butte, Montana, USA [7]
  • Mr. William Berryman, (b. 1882), aged 21, Cornish miner travelling aboard the ship "New York" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 24th May 1903 en route to Calumet, Michigan, USA [7]
  • Mr. John Berryman, (b. 1876), aged 27, Cornish gardener, from Penzance, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Ivernia" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 13th April 1903 en route to New York, USA [7]
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Australia Berryman migration to Australia +

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

Berryman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Richard Berryman, (b. 1804), aged 26, English convict who was convicted in Taunton, Somerset, England for life for burglary, transported aboard the "Burrell" on 22nd July 1830, arriving in New South Wales [8]
  • Mr. Samuel Berryman, (Charles), (b. 1799), aged 31, English ploughman who was convicted in Taunton, Somerset, England for life for burglary, transported aboard the "Burrell" on 22nd July 1830, arriving in New South Wales, he died in 1833 [8]
  • Mr. John Berryman, (b. 1827), aged 21, Cornish labourer from Veryan, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Berkshire" arriving in Port Phillip, New South Wales, Australia on 3rd October 1848 [9]
  • Mr. John Berryman, (b. 1827), aged 21, Cornish labourer from St. Buryan, Cornwall, UK departing from Plymouth on 9th June 1848 aboard the ship "Berkshire" arriving in Geelong, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 3rd October 1848 [10]
  • Henry Berryman, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Childe Harold" in 1849 [11]
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New Zealand Berryman 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:

Berryman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Berryman, (b. 1840), aged 23, Cornish carpenter departing on 20th October 1863 aboard the ship "Tiptree" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 20th January 1864" [12]
  • Miss Prudence Berryman, (b. 1842), aged 21, Cornish settler departing on 20th October 1863 aboard the ship "Tiptree" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 20th January 1864" [12]
  • Mr. George Berryman, (b. 1840), aged 23, Cornish carpenter from Cornwall travelling from London aboard the ship "Tiptree" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 20th January 1864 [13]
  • Mrs. Prudence Berryman, (b. 1842), aged 21, Cornish settler from Cornwall travelling from London aboard the ship "Tiptree" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 20th January 1864 [13]
  • Mr. Edward Berryman, British settler travelling from London, UK with 1 child aboard the ship "Assaye" arriving in Auckland, North Island, New Zealand on 26th December 1874 [14]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Berryman (post 1700) +

  • Robert Norman "Punk" Berryman (1893-1988), professional American football player and coach
  • Michael John Berryman (b. 1948), American actor
  • John Allyn Berryman (1914-1972), American poet awarded the 1965 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
  • Phillip Berryman (b. 1938), American theological author
  • Major John Berryman VC (1825-1896), English serviceman and recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Norman "Norm" Rangi Berryman (1973-2015), New Zealand rugby union player; he played one Test for the All Blacks
  • William "Bill" Berryman (b. 1899), Australian rules footballer, inductee into the Tasmanian Football Hall of Fame (2005)
  • Dorothée Berryman (b. 1948), Canadian actress and singer
  • Guy Rupert Berryman (b. 1978), Scottish musician
  • Lieutenant-General Sir Frank Horton Berryman (1894-1981), Australian General Officer Commander in Chief Eastern Command from 1952 to 1953 [15]
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  4. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to New York 1820 - 1891 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_new_york_1820_1891.pdf
  7. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_ellis_island_1892_on.pdf
  8. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 5th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/burrell
  9. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, May 30). Ships' Passenger Lists of Arrivals in New South Wales on (1828 - 1842, 1848 - 1849) [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1838_on.pdf
  10. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
  11. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CHILDE HAROLD 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849ChildeHarold.htm
  12. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  13. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  14. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  15. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, August 30) Frank Berryman. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Berryman/Sir_Frank_Horton/Australia.html


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