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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

Origins Available: English, Scottish

Where did the Scottish Barber family come from? What is the Scottish Barber family crest and coat of arms? When did the Barber family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Barber family history?

The ancient Scottish name Barber was first used by someone who worked as a medieval barber who not only cut hair and gave shaves, but also practiced surgery and pulled teeth.


In the era before dictionaries, there were no rules governing the spelling or translation of names or any other words. Consequently, there are an enormous number of spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names. Barber has appeared as Barbour, Barber,Barberton and others.

First found in Northumberland, and Cumberland, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barber research. Another 192 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1286, 1316, 1395, 1410, and 1603 are included under the topic Early Barber History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 50 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Barber Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Barber family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 261 words(19 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


The freedom, opportunity, and land of the North American colonies beckoned. There, Scots found a place where they were generally free from persecution and where they could go on to become important players in the birth of new nations. Some fought in the American War of Independence, while others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these Scottish settlers have been able to recover their lost national heritage in the last century through highland games and Clan societies in North America. Among them:

Barber Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Barber, who landed in Virginia in 1620
  • Ann Barber, who landed in Virginia in 1622
  • Henry Barber, who came to Virginia in 1623
  • Susan Barber, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • George Barber who arrived in Virginia in 1635, aboard the "Transport," and was later a freeman of Dedham, MA

Barber Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Riehd Barber, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • Wm Barber, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Tho Barber, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Anne Barber, who landed in Virginia in 1704
  • Anna Barber, aged 9, arrived in New York in 1710

Barber Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Barber, who landed in America in 1812
  • Pablo Barber, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1820
  • William A Barber, who landed in New York in 1822
  • Eliza Barber, aged 22, arrived in America in 1822
  • Joseph Barber, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1849


  • Red Barber (1908-1992), American journalist
  • Samuel Barber (1910-1981), American composer
  • Benjamin Barber (b. 1939), American political scientist
  • Andrea Barber (b. 1976), American actor
  • Wilfred C. Barber, American journalist who won the 1936 Pulitzer Prize for Correspondence
  • Brigadier-General Edward Barber (1900-1965), American Deputy Commandant of the Air War College (1948-1949)
  • Brigadier-General Henry Anson Barber (1896-1956), American Deputy to G-3, Headquarters, Army Ground Forces (1948-1949)
  • Miller Barber (1931-2013), American PGA professional golfer who played in the 1960s and 1970s
  • Edward Barber (1893-1915), British soldier
  • Anthony Barber (b. 1920), British politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer (1970-1974), made Life peer Baron Barber, of Wentbridge



  • Ancestors and Descendants of Maj. Hezekiah Barber by Irene Marshall Barber.
  • Barber Grandparen.
  • : 125 Kings, 143 Generations by Bernard and Gertrude Barber Bernard.

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: Nihilo nisi cruce
Motto Translation: Nothing, but the cross.


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  10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
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The Barber Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Barber Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 12 September 2014 at 13:50.

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