The Bertie Family History and One Name Study



This is the worldwide study of the Bertie surname and its variants.

Currently 17 different variants have been found, some of which have been identified as surnames in their own right in 32 different countries worldwide.

This project started out as researching my own Bertie family history / Bertie genealogy and grew when I started hitting brick walls, by searching for other entries.

I am carrying out a One-Name Study of the name Bertie worldwide, and am keen to hear from anyone with this name in their families and will try to help provide information. I can probably provide many short-cuts to your research from data already collected. Most individuals alive in the 19th century and many from the 20th, have been assembled into extensive pedigrees. In some cases, may be able to assist and do some extra research on your behalf.

Whilst I try to authenticate all my research, errors do occur, therefore I would welcome any corrections / suggestions that you may have. (Please use Contact Us link below)

As you would expect with a Guild of One Name Studies registered study, this is a true One-Name Study - therefore am interested in any Bertie or variant anywhere in the world and irrespective of whether they relate to my own Bertie line (which in fact started out as Berty).

Name origin

Whilst at present I do not have the exact origin of the surname, there are suggestions that the name may have descended from the Saxons.

According to the book Five Generation of a Loyal House by Lady Georgina Bertie (Georgina Anne Emily Kerr (1806-1881)) there is reference to a Leopold de Bertie who was Constable of Dover Castle in the reign of King Elthered the Unready (978-1013 and 1014-1016)

A very pretty tradition brings the Berties, at the time of the Saxon invasion, from Bertiland, in Prussia, to Bertiestad, now Bersted, in Kent, where "one of our Saxon monarchs gave him a castle and town "A Cottonian MS. makes one Leopold de Bertie, constable of Dover Castle in the time of King Ethelred, but his son of the same name, being out of favour at court, retired to France. From that country in the year 1154 his descendant came to England with Henry II., who restored to him his ancestral estate at Bersted. (See Burke's Ext. Peerage & Patronymica Britannica, written: 1838-1860 by Mark Antony Lower)

There is also a Scottish line possibly going back to 946 A.D. but has not been linked into the English line (information courtesy of Evelyn Radford nee Bertie)

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