The name Birehan arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Birehan family lived in any of several places of this name in the counties of Middlesex and Kent
having derived from the Old English words beorg,
Early Origins of the Birehan family
The surname Birehan was first found in Kent
, where Barham is a village and civil parish in the City of Canterbury. It was listed as Bioraham in 799 and later as Bercheham in the Domesday Book.CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
The first record of the surname was Warine de Berham, as holding lands in Kent
Early History of the Birehan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Birehan research.Another 203 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1535, 1390, 1391, 1634, 1621, 1595, 1667, 1625 and 1626 are included under the topic Early Birehan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Birehan Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Barham, Bareham, Barrham, Braham, Bearham, Bereham and many more.
Early Notables of the Birehan family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Richard de Berham, Sheriff of Kent
(1390-1391); Sir Edward Barkham (died 1634), an English merchant, Lord Mayor of London... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Birehan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Birehan family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Birehan or a variant listed above were: Anthony Barham who settled in Virginia in 1626; L. Berham arrived in San Francisco, California, in 1850; Mary Barham settled in Virginia in 1654; Thomas Barham settled in Maryland in 1720..