Show ContentsDe berry History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

De berry is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The De berry family 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 of England. The name is derived from the phrase at the Bury which has evolved to the more modern term borough.

Early Origins of the De berry family

The surname De Berry 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. 1 2 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." 3

Early History of the De berry family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our De berry research. Another 75 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1450, 1635, 1636, 1675, 1690, 1691, 1781, 1873 and 1890 are included under the topic Early De berry History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

De berry Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. De berry has been recorded under many different variations, including Berry, Bery, Berey, De Berry and others.

Early Notables of the De berry family

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was

  • On the more infamous side, it is claimed that Charlotte de Berry (born 1636) was an English female pirate captain active in the Caribbean Sea. However, she may have been fictional. One story claims th...

De berry Ranking

In the United States, the name De berry is the 4,696th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. 4

Ireland Migration of the De berry family to Ireland

Some of the De berry 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.

United States De Berry migration to the United States +

To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. De berrys were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

De berry Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Angeline DeBerry, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Hilbert F. DeBerry, aged 26, who immigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • Ruth DeBerry, aged 4, who settled in America, in 1909

Contemporary Notables of the name De Berry (post 1700) +

  • Joseph Gaddy DeBerry (1896-1944), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Lois Marie DeBerry (1945-2013), American politician, member of Tennessee House of Representatives
  • Edmund Deberry (1787-1859), American politician, U.S. Congressman from North Carolina
  • John Herman DeBerry (1894-1951), American professional baseball player
  • Fisher DeBerry (b. 1938), former American football player and coach
  • Max DeBerry, American Republican politician, Circuit Judge in West Virginia for the 3rd Judicial Circuit, 1945-64; Candidate for judge of West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, 1958 5
  • Lois M. DeBerry, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008; Member of Democratic National Committee from Tennessee, 2004-08 5
  • L. Deberry, American politician, Member of North Carolina House of Commons from Edgecombe County, 1835 5
  • Edmund Deberry (1781-1859), American politician, Member of North Carolina State Senate, 1806; U.S. Representative from North Carolina, 1829-31, 1833-45, 1849-51 5
  • Clifton DeBerry (1924-2006), American politician, Socialist Workers Candidate for President of the United States, 1964, 1980; Socialist Workers Candidate for Mayor of New York City, New York, 1965 5
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

The De berry 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.

  1. Charnock, Richard, Stephen, Ludus Patronymicus of The Etymology of Curious Surnames. London: Trubner & Co., 60 Paternoster Row, 1868. Print.
  2. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  4. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  5. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from on Facebook