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

Noble surnames, such as Barrier, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Barrier, which is a local surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful country of Spain. In Spain, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and, during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. Many Spanish local names reflect Arabic words or place names because Spain was conquered and ruled by the Muslim Moors from the 8th to 12th centuries. The Barrier family originally lived beside a gate or fence. The surname Barrier originally derived from the Spanish word Barrera which referred to a barrier.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Barrios, de Barrios, Barrio, de Barrio, Barro, Barros, de Barros, Barroso, Barrera, de Barrera, de la Barrera, Barreda, de Barreda, Barral, Barreto, Barrientos and many more.

First found in Castile, an important Christian kingdom of medieval Spain.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barrier research. Another 207 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1274, 1625 and 1701 are included under the topic Early Barrier History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 171 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Barrier Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Barrier Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • August Barrier, who arrived in Long Island in 1780

Barrier Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Casper Barrier, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1837
  • J P Barrier, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

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  5. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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  7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  8. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  9. Atienza, Julio De Atienza. Español: Diccionario Heraldico De Apellidos Españoles Y De Titulos Nobiliarios. Madrid: Aguilar, 1959. Print.
  10. Carr, Raymond. Spain, 1808-1975. 2nd Ed. . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 978-0198221272).
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The Barrier Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Barrier 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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