The ancient Anglo-Saxon
surname Bertea came from the personal name Bartholemew,
which was popular during the Middle Ages.
Early Origins of the Bertea family
The surname Bertea was first found in Devon
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Bertea family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bertea research.Another 169 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1845, 1804, 1881, 1640, 1711, 1678, 1730, 1517, 1582, 1583, 1642, 1635, 1686, 1685, 1686, 1641, 1701, 1634, 1701, 1665, 1679, 1685, 1689, 1660, 1723, 1675 and 1735 are included under the topic Early Bertea History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bertea Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Bertea family name include Birt, Bertie, Birte, Burt, Bert, Birtie, Byrth, Birth and many more.
Early Notables of the Bertea family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include William Radcliffe Birt (1804-1881), an English amateur astronomer; Captain Charles Bertie (c.1640-1711), British diplomat, the fifth son of Montagu Bertie, 2nd Earl of Lindsey, Secretary to the Treasury; Charles Bertie (c.1678-1730), British politician, the son of Charles Bertie and grandson of Montagu Bertie... Another 107 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bertea Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bertea family to Ireland
Some of the Bertea family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 93 words (7 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 Bertea family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Bertea surname or a spelling variation of the name include: John Birt, who settled in Barbados in 1683; Roger Birth, who settled in Virginia in 1655; Elizabeth Bertie, who settled in New England
in 1752; John Bert, who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1764.