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

The name Barron is an occupational surname, deriving from word for the title of a Baron. The surname Barron was also applied as a nickname to a person with a regal or dignified bearing reminiscent of a baron. The Gaelic form of the name Barron is Barún.

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Medieval scribes and church officials spelled the names as they sounded, so a name was often spelled many different ways during the lifetime of a single person. The investigation of the origin of the name Barron revealed many spelling variations including Barron, Baron, Barone, Barrone and others.

First found in County Waterford (Irish: Port Láirge), anciently the Deise region, on the South coast of Ireland in the Province of Munster, where they were granted lands by Strongbow, Earl of Pembroke, for their assistance on his invasion of Ireland.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barron research. Another 205 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1640, 1500, 1610, 1696, 1607, 1651 and 1651 are included under the topic Early Barron History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 107 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Barron Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In the mid-19th century, Ireland experienced one of the worst periods in its entire history. During this decade in order to ease the pressure of the soil, which was actually depleted by the effects of the previous years' grain crops, landowners forced tenant farmers and peasants onto tiny plots of land that barely provided the basic sustenance a family required. Conditions were worsened, though, by the population of the country, which was growing fast to roughly eight million. So when the Great Potato Famine of the mid-1840s hit, starvation and diseases decimated the population. Thousands of Irish families left the country for British North America and the United States. The new immigrants were often accommodated either in the opening western frontiers or as cheap unskilled labor in the established centers. In early passenger and immigration lists there are many immigrants bearing the name Barron:

Barron Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Robert Barron settled in Virginia in 1634
  • Symon Barron, aged 16, arrived in Bermuda in 1635
  • Ellis Barron who settled in Watertown in 1640 from Waterford
  • Ellis Barron, who landed in Massachusetts in 1640
  • Elliz Barron, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1640


Barron Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Elizeus Barron who settled in Woodbridge New Jersey in 1705
  • Samuel Barron, who landed in Virginia in 1749
  • Oliver Barron, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1750
  • Elias Barron, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1750
  • Nicolas Barron, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752


Barron Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Alexander Barron, who landed in New York in 1810
  • John P Barron, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • A. Barron settled in New Orleans, La., in 1820
  • Miss Barron, who arrived in Mobile, Alabama in 1821
  • Joseph Barron, who arrived in New York, NY in 1828


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  • James Barron (1768-1851), American naval officer, who killed Stephen Decatur in a duel
  • Francis Xavier Barron (1922-2002), American psychologist
  • William W Barron (1911-2002), American Democratic politician, governor of West Virginia from 1961-1965
  • Brigadier-General William Andros Jr. Barron (1892-1964), American Chief of Staff 1st Service Command (1943-1945)
  • Blue Barron (1913-2005), born Harry Freidman, an American orchestra leader in the 1940s and early 1950s, he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • Steve Barron (b. 1956), Irish-born director
  • John Barron, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Western Ontario, Canada
  • Corporal Colin Fraser Barron (1895-1959), Canadian recipient of the Victoria Cross for his actions at at Passchendaele, Belgium on 6 November 1917
  • Andrew Barron (b. 1980), retired New Zealand association football player
  • Carl Barron (b. 1964), Australian comedian

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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: Fortuna juvat audaces
Motto Translation: Fortune favours the brave

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