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Where did the Scottish Barr family come from? What is the Scottish Barr family crest and coat of arms? When did the Barr family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Barr family history?It was in the Scottish/English Borderlands that the Strathclyde-Briton people first used the ancient name Barr. It was a name for someone who lived in Ayrshire, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages. It is generally thought to have been a habitational name, taken on from any of various place names in southwestern Scotland, in particular in Ayrshire and Renfrewshire. These place names derive from the Gaelic word barr, meaning "height," or "hill."
Scribes in Medieval Scotland spelled names by sound rather than any set of rules, so an enormous number of spelling variations exist in names of that era. Barr has been spelled Barr, Barre and others.
First found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they have been found since ancient times.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barr research. Another 141 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1590 and 1600 are included under the topic Early Barr History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Barr Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Barr family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 107 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
The number of Strathclyde Clan families sailing for North America increased steadily as the persecution continued. In the colonies, they could find not only freedom from the iron hand of the English government, but land to settle on. The American War of Independence allowed many of these settlers to prove their independence, while some chose to go to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots played essential roles in the forging of both great nations. Among them:
Barr Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Barr Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Barr Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Barr Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Barr 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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