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

The ancient name Barnes is a Norman name that would have been developed in England after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. This name was a name given to a small child. The surname springs from the middle English bairn, of the same meaning.


Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Barnes were recorded, including Barnes, Barns, Barnis, Bernys, Barness and others.

First found in Cambridgeshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barnes research. Another 259 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1200, 1661, 1627, 1710, 1654, 1712, 1675 and are included under the topic Early Barnes History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 113 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Barnes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Barnes family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 135 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Barnes arrived in North America very early:

Barnes Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Barnes, who came to Virginia in 1608
  • Phillip Barnes, who landed in Virginia in 1622
  • Edward Barnes arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Launcelot Barnes, who landed in Virginia in 1632
  • Joshua Barnes, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1632

Barnes Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Abraham Barnes, who arrived in Maryland in 1700
  • Abraham Barnes arrived in Maryland in 1700
  • Sara Barnes, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
  • Elias Barnes, who arrived in New England in 1750
  • Conradt Barnes, who landed in New York in 1763

Barnes Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Nancy Barnes, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Arthur Barnes, who landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • Samuel Barnes, who landed in America in 1812
  • Soloman Barnes, aged 20, arrived in America in 1822
  • Romana Barnes, aged 10, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1831


  • Albert Coombs Barnes (1872-1951), American inventor and art collector
  • James Barnes (1866-1936), American author
  • George Barnes (1921-1977), American world-renowned jazz guitarist
  • Djuna Barnes (1892-1982), American author
  • Priscilla Barnes (b. 1955), American actress known for her role as nurse Terri Alden on the television sitcom Three's Company
  • Major-General Julian Francis Barnes (1889-1961), American Commanding General 153rd Field Artillery Group (1946)
  • Lieutenant-General Earl Walter Barnes (1902-1979), American Chief of Staff, United Nations Command, Tokyo, Japan (1956-1957)
  • Major-General Gladeon Marcus Barnes (1887-1961), American Chief of the Research & Development Service, Office of Ordnance (1946)
  • Brigadier-General Harold Arthur Barnes (1887-1953), American Deputy Quartermaster-General (1943-1946)
  • Billy Barnes (1927-2012), American composer and lyricist from Los Angeles, California



  • Barnes and Related Families, Past and Present by Raymond Curtis Barnes.
  • Barnes Families of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, 1858-1909 by Marjorie Barnes Thompson.
  • The Westward Migration of One Line of the Descendants of Thomas Barnes of Hartford and Farmington,Connecticut by Clair Elmer Barnes.

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  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  4. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  6. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  9. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  11. ...

The Barnes Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Barnes 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.

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