Berwer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Berwer family name is linked to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from a baptismal name meaning son of Barbara. In some instances, the name may have also been a nickname for someone, such as a Moor or Berber, who appeared to be of North African heritage. In such a case the name is a reference to the Barbary Coast of North Africa.

Early Origins of the Berwer family

The surname Berwer was first found in Leicestershire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Important Dates for the Berwer family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Berwer research. Another 192 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1500, 1609, 1674 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Berwer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Berwer Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Berwer include Barberry, Barbary, Barbery, Barberrie, Baberie, Berberry and many more.

Early Notables of the Berwer family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Berwer family

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Berwer were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Thomas Barbery of Maryland who arrived in 1666.

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