England, Ireland, Scotland
Origins of Name:
The Berry surname derives from ancient English geographical locations and was also used a descriptive surname. The surname originates from as far back as 7th century words ‘byrig’ which means a fortified place, or from later words ‘beri’ or ‘buri’ meaning a manor house that is fortified. The name was also given to someone who owned a manor house, or perhaps to someone who lived nearby a manor house.
The surname possibly originates from such locations as Bury in Huntingdonshire (recorded as the surname Byrig in 974), Sussex, Bury in Lancashire, Berry(brow) in Yorkshire, or Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk (recorded in 1038 as Sancte Eadmundes Byrig).
More common variations are:
Berrey, Berray, Beerry, Bierry, Berroy, Bearry, Buerry, Berrye, Bberry, Berryo, Bury, Burry
The first known recorded instance of the name is of Gilbert de la Beri in 1202 in the Pipe Rolls of Cornwall. Roger Bury was recorded in the city of Cambridge in the Assize Register in 1260. Hubert Bery was recorded in the county of Suffolk in 1268.
In the 13th Century, a Berry family was known as lords of the manor of Berry Narbor on the north coast of Devon. The family would branch out to Crosscombe and Chittlehampton. Eventually, the Berry family of Berry Narbor would cease to exist in 1708 having no male heir.
William ate Bury was recorded in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1327.
Richard de Bury was the bishop if Durham in 1333, and would later become the Lord Chancellor of England in 1335.
Sir John Berry was a famous admiral who would fight in the West Indies against the Dutch and the French.
The surname Berry is the 109th most common name in Great Britain. The highest concentrations are in Newport, Monmouthshire, Merthyr Tydfil, Greater Manchester, and Rhondda Cynon Taff.
The Berry surname first appeared in Ireland in Galway and Mayo as an anglicized form of the Gaelic surnames O’Beara or O’Beargha. A prominent Berry family currently owns the Mayo News.
Berrys from England immigrated to Westmeath, Ireland in the 17th century. They would mostly make their homes at Eglish castle in Offaly country throughout the 17th century.
The first known instance of the surname Berry was in Fife. The Berry surname in Angus and Aberdeen is a variant spelling of Barrie or Barbie. In the end of the 17th century, Berrys and Berries were found in Strathdon, in the parish of Coldstone under Farquharson of Invercauld, and under Forbes of Brux.
One of the first Berrys in the United States were recorded in 1631 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Johan and Susanna Berry were Christian missionaries who sailed for the new world, and their son William was one of the first settlers at Sandy Beach in Rye.
Henry Berry obtained land in Occupacia Creek in 1650. One of his descendants, Washington Berry would leave Virginia and buy land for what would eventually become Dayton, Ohio. Washington Berry eventually owned 1,000 acres, 17 slaves and operated a ferry service between Dayton and Columbia.
151,000 in the United States (mainly in Texas)
30,000 in England (mainly in Newport)
11,000 in Australia
10,000 in South Africa
8,000 in Canada
Sir John Berry (1689) English naval officer
Martha Berry (1865) founder of the Berry Schools
Wendell Berry (1934) novelist, poet
Chuck Berry (1926) singer and songwriter.
Clarence Berry (1867), U.S. miner and oilman