PASE: Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England


[Image: Excerpt from the Domesday Book]
[Image: Durham Liber Vitae, folio 38r (extract)]


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Discussion of the name

Bersi was a name of Scandinavian origin, from the word bersi, meaning a ‘he-bear’. No other examples are currently recorded in PASE, but the name was widely enough used in Yorkshire to be evidenced in several major and minor place-names (von Feilitzen 1937: 201; Fellows Jensen 1968: 53). Phillimore and Alecto both use the normalized ON and ODan spelling Bersi.


von Feilitzen 1937: Olof von Feilitzen, The Pre-Conquest Personal Names of Domesday Book, Nomina Germanica 3 (Uppsala: Almqvist and Wiksells, 1937)

Fellows Jensen 1968: Gillian Fellows Jensen, Scandinavian Personal Names in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire (Copenhagen: I Kommission hos Akademisk Forlag, 1968)

Forms of the name

Spellings in Domesday Book: Bers

Forms in modern scholarship:

von Feilitzen head forms: Bersi

Phillimore edition: Bersi

Alecto edition: Bersi

Distribution map of property and lordships associated with this name in DB

List of property and lordships associated with this name in DB

Holder 1066

Shire Phil. ref. Vill Holder 1066 DB Spelling Holder 1066 Lord 1066 Tenant-in-Chief 1086 1086 subtenant Fiscal value 1066 value 1086 value Holder 1066 ID conf. Show on map
Cheshire 5,6 Shurlach Bers Bersi 'of Shurlach' - Hugh, earl Richard de Vernon 0.50 0.20 0.18 - Map
Total               0.50 0.20 0.18  

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