Berwick History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Berwick family

The surname Berwick was first found in Berwickshire in Scotland and Northumberland in England, where "this surname is derived from the famous Border town of the same name. Rather curiously the surname is not uncommon at the present day in Fife. John de Berwic was rector of Renfrew in 1295, and in the year following Geoffry of Berewick, Burgess of Roxburgh, rendered homage [to King Edward I of England]. " [1]

Further to the south in England, John de Berewyk (d. 1312), was an English judge, who "was entrusted with the charge of the vacant abbey of St. Edmund, 1278-1279, and of the see of Lincoln during the interval which elapsed between the death of Benedict, otherwise Richard, de Gravesend, 1279, and the appointment of his successor in the episcopate, Oliver Sutton, 1280-1281." [2]

In Wiltshire, there were two early listings in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273: Sampson de Berwyk; and Philip de Berwyke. [3]

Moving further north again, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Johannes de Berwyk as holding lands there at that time. [3]

Important Dates for the Berwick family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Berwick research. Another 77 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1476, 1615, 1628, 1629 and 1728 are included under the topic Early Berwick History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Berwick Spelling Variations

The name, Berwick, occurred in many references, and from time to time, it was spelt Berwick, Bewick, Berwicke, Bewicke and others.

Early Notables of the Berwick family (pre 1700)

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Berwick migration to the United States

The New World beckoned settlers from the Scottish-English borders. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Among the early settlers bearing the Berwick surname who came to North America were:

Berwick Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Berwick, who landed in Maryland in 1639 [4]
  • Daniel Berwick, who arrived in Annapoligi, Maryland in 1652 [4]
  • John Berwick, who landed in Virginia in 1664 [4]
Berwick Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Antho Berwick, who landed in Virginia in 1704 [4]
Berwick Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Berwick, who landed in Louisiana in 1805 [4]
  • James Berwick who settled in New Orleans in 1821
  • Max Berwick, aged 28, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1848 [4]
Berwick Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Joseph Berwick, aged 28, who immigrated to the United States from Newcastle on Tyme, in 1904
  • Elizabeth Berwick, aged 56, who immigrated to America from Walker-on-Tyne, in 1906
  • Agnes Berwick, aged 22, who immigrated to America from Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1907
  • Clara Berwick, aged 48, who settled in America from Southampton, England, in 1908
  • Frederick L. Berwick, aged 27, who immigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Berwick migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Berwick Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Robert Berwick, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Robert Berwick, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • George Berwick, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Mrs. Berwick, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Ann Berwick, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1774

Berwick migration to Australia

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

Berwick Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Berwick, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1848 [5]
  • Thomas Berwick (1825-1891), English convict who arrived in Western Australia aboard the ship "Hougoumont", the last convict ship in 1868

Contemporary Notables of the name Berwick (post 1700)

  • Irvin Berwick (b. 1914), American film director, producer and screenwriter
  • Edward Berwick (1750-1877), Irish lawyer and educationalist, who served as President of Queen's College Galway (1850-1877) [6]
  • Dennison Berwick (b. 1956), English-born, Canadian author and travel writer
  • James Fitzjames Berwick (1670-1734), French marshal
  • Sir Berwick Hungerford Lechmere (d. 2001), British 6th baronet

Historic Events for the Berwick family

HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. George Ross Berwick (1919-1941), Australian Wireman from Traralgon, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [7]

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Citations

  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BOLTON 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Bolton.htm
  6. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 17 June. 2019
  7. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
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