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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
Barnes Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Barnes Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
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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