Origins Available: English
The ancestors of the Berte family migrated to England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The surname Berte is based on the Norman personal name
and was originally spelled Berte.
That name is derived from the word berht,
which means light.
Hence the name could have been a nickname
for someone who was "bright, clear or splendid" having derived from the Anglo Saxon word "beorht." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early Origins of the Berte family
The surname Berte was first found in Norfolk
where Thomas de Burt and Hamo Burt were first listed there in the Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273. The same rolls also listed Ralph Burte in Leicestershire
and Roger Burt in Oxfordshire
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Berte family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Berte research.Another 337 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1066 and 1273 are included under the topic Early Berte History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Berte Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Berte include Burt, Burte, Birt, Burts, Berte, Burte, Birte and many more.
Early Notables of the Berte family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Berte family to Ireland
Some of the Berte family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 35 words (2 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 Berte family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Bertes to arrive on North American shores:
Berte Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Paul Berte, who settled in Maryland in 1666
- Paul Berte, who landed in Maryland in 1666 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)