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

The ancient roots of the Barlow family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Barlow comes from when the family lived in either Lancashire, Derbyshire, or Yorkshire, where there were places named Barlow. In Lancashire, the county from which most members of the family originally came, the places were Barlow Hale and Barlow Moor, near Manchester. In Derbyshire, Barlow is a parish near Chesterfield. In Yorkshire, Barlow is an area in the parish of Brayton in the West Riding.

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One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Barlow has appeared include Barlow, Barlowe, Barlo, Barloe and others.

First found in Cheshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barlow research. Another 259 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1607, 1691, 1932, 1550, 1620, 1584, 1585, 1656, 1607, 1691, 1626, 1704, 1639, 1719, 1676 and 1634 are included under the topic Early Barlow History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 267 words(19 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Barlow Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Barlow family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 43 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Barlow arrived in North America very early:

Barlow Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Henry Barlow settled in Virginia in 1623
  • George Barlow, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1635
  • Jon Barlow, who arrived in Virginia in 1642
  • Stafford Barlow, who arrived in Virginia in 1642
  • Bartholomew Barlow, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1645


Barlow Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Robt Barlow, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Richd Barlow, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Thos Barlow, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Wm Barlow, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1772
  • William Barlow settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1772


Barlow Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Agnes Barlow, who landed in America in 1805
  • Eliz Barlow, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812
  • Jane Barlow, who landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • Edward Barlow, who landed in New York, NY in 1847
  • H A Barlow, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850


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  • Joel Barlow (1754-1812), American writer and poet
  • Thomas Barlow (b. 1940), American politician
  • Maude Victoria Barlow (b. 1947), Canadian author and activist
  • Sir George Hilario Barlow (1762-1847), English administrator, who served as Acting Governor-General of India (1805-1807)
  • Horace Barlow FRS (b. 1921), British visual neuroscientist
  • Clarence Barlow (b. 1945), English (Calcutta born) composer of classical and electro acoustic works
  • Gary Barlow (b. 1971), English singer, songwriter, bandleader and producer
  • John Barlow (b. 1967), English writer
  • John Noble Barlow (1861-1917), prominent English artist
  • Peter Barlow (1776-1862), English engineer, inventor of Barlow's Wheel and the Barlow lens

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  • Bunches of Barlows: The Descendants of John Barlow of Wilkes County, North Carolina by Elizabeth H. Michaels.
  • Haley, Marshal, Betchell, Barlow Genealogy by Elaine Vertz Smithers.
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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: En foi prest
Motto Translation: Ready in faith.

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