The ancestors of the Birry family brought their name to England
in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived in the county of Devon
, where the family settled after arriving in England
with William the Conqueror at the time of the Norman Conquest
. The name is derived from the phrase at the Bury
which has evolved to the more modern term borough.
Early Origins of the Birry family
The surname Birry was first found in Devon
, in the parish of Berry-Pomeroy and before that Berry or Berri was the appellation of one of the old provinces of France. CITATION[CLOSE]
Charnock, Richard, Stephen, Ludus Patronymicus of The Etymology of Curious Surnames. London: Trubner & Co., 60 Paternoster Row, 1868. Print. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Another source notes "scattered disconnectedly over England
. It is most numerous in Lancashire
, and afterwards in the counties of Northampton
, Warwick, and Devon
. Probably it is usually derived from places, Berry being the name of a Devonshire parish, whilst Bury is the name of towns and localities in Lancashire, Suffolk
, etc." CITATION[CLOSE]
Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
Early History of the Birry family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Birry research.Another 75 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1450, 1781, 1873, 1768, 1831, 1635, 1690, 1675, 1691, 1636 and are included under the topic Early Birry History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Birry 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 Birry were recorded, including Berry, Bery, Berey, De Berry and others.
Early Notables of the Birry family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Berry, High Sheriff
in 1450; Sir Thomas Berry of Buckland; Alexander Berry (1781-1873), Scottish surgeon, merchant, and explorer after whom the Australian town is named; Edward Berry (1768-1831), Rear Admiral, Royal Navy; Sir John Berry (1635-1690), English naval officer of... Another 141 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Birry Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Birry family to Ireland
Some of the Birry family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 66 words (5 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 Birry 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 Birry arrived in North America very early: Edward Berry who settled in Virginia in 1654; as did Elizabeth 1636; Henry 1650; John 1626; Lydia 1648; Mathew 1650; Richard 1654; and others settled in Maryland, Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina New England
, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire
, and New York.
The Birry Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Nihil sine labore
Motto Translation: Nothing without labour.