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

The surname Barbee is derived from a baptismal name meaning son of Barbara. In some instances, the name may have also been a nickname for someone, such as a Moor or Berber, who appeared to be of North African heritage. In such a case the name is a reference to the Barbary Coast of North Africa.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Barbeyrac, Barbérac, Barbeillerac, Barberac, Barberrac, Barbeyrat, Barbérat, Barbeillerat, Barberat, Barberrat, Barberaque, Barberraque, Barbeyraque, Barbérac, Barbeilleraque, Barberracques, Barbey, Barbbey, Barbé, Barbée, Barbbé, Barbbée, Barbeille, Barbet and many more.

First found in Provence, where the family has held a family seat since very early times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barbee research. Another 319 words(23 lines of text) covering the years 1782 and 1789 are included under the topic Early Barbee History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Barbee Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Barbee Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • William Barbee, who landed in Maryland in 1678


  • Tony Barbee (b. 1971), American college basketball coach
  • Carol Denise Barbee (b. 1959), American television writer, actress and producer
  • Ray Barbee (b. 1971), American skateboarder
  • David Rankin Barbee (1874-1958), American journalist, and public relations writer
  • John Barbee (1815-1888), American politician, the tenth Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky
  • Lloyd Augustus Barbee (1925-2002), American Democratic politician and civil rights activist
  • David Monroe Barbee (1905-1968), American outfielder in Major League Baseball
  • Herbert Barbee (1848-1936), American sculptor
  • William Randolph Barbee (1818-1868), American sculptor
  • Bobby Harold Barbee Sr., American Republican member of the North Carolina General Assembly



  • A Study of the Barbee Families of Chatham, Orange, and Wake Counties in North Carolina by Ruth Shields.

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: Honestate pulchritude
Motto Translation: Honesty, beauty



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The Barbee Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Barbee 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 26 July 2014 at 11:10.

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