The Norman Conquest
in 1066 brought much change to the island nation, including many immigrants with new names. Among these immigrants were the ancestors of the Birrehan family, who lived in any of several places of this name in the counties of Middlesex and Kent
having derived from the Old English words beorg,
meaning homestead. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early Origins of the Birrehan family
The surname Birrehan 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 Birrehan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Birrehan research.Another 232 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1535, 1390, 1391, 1634, 1621, 1595, 1667, 1625 and 1626 are included under the topic Early Birrehan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Birrehan Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Birrehan were recorded, including Barham, Bareham, Barrham, Braham, Bearham, Bereham and many more.
Early Notables of the Birrehan 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 Birrehan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Birrehan family to Ireland
Some of the Birrehan family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 115 words (8 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 Birrehan family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Birrehan arrived in North America very early: 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..