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

The name Barrington was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Barrington family lived in parishes at Cambridge, Berkshire, Somerset and Gloucester. Their original family seat was at Barentin in Normandy, and they were one of a group of families that draw their name from this location.


Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Barrington have been found, including Barrington, Barentin, Berrington, Berington, Berinton, Barenten, Barenton, Barentine, Barentyn, Barrinton, Barrenkton, Barringston and many more.

First found in Cambridge and Lincolnshire where they have held a family seat from very ancient times. Barrington or De Barenton was located near Caudebec, Normandy. [1] They were granted manors and estates by Duke William for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barrington research. Another 139 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1917, 1570, 1628, 1601, 1611, 1621, 1628, 1644, 1621, 1629, 1605, 1683, 1645, 1648, 1660, 1679, 1671, 1715 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Barrington History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 145 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Barrington Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Barrington family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Barrington were among those contributors:

Barrington Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Wm Barrington, who landed in Virginia in 1643
  • Fra Barrington, who arrived in Virginia in 1648
  • Isaac Barrington settled in Barbados in 1654
  • Doane Barrington, who landed in Maryland in 1659
  • Isaac Barrington, who landed in Barbados in 1663

Barrington Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Benjamin Barrington settled in North Carolina in 1701

Barrington Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Timothy Barrington settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1822
  • Timothy Barrington, aged 30, arrived in America in 1822
  • John Barrington, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • B F Barrington, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851


  • Ernest Barrington (1909-1985), English Zoologist
  • Herbert Barrington (1872-1933), English actor
  • Patrick William Daines Barrington (1918-1990), 11th Viscount Barrington, English nobleman
  • John Shute Barrington (1678-1734), 1st Viscount Barrington, an English lawyer and theologian
  • Daines Barrington (1727-1800), English lawyer
  • Kenneth Frank Barrington (1930-1981), English cricket player
  • William Wildman Shute Barrington (1717-1793), English politician
  • Michael Barrington (1925-1988), British actor
  • George Barrington (1755-1804), Irish writer
  • Sir Jonah Barrington (1760-1834), Irish judge and politician


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: Ung durant ma vie
Motto Translation: The same while I live.


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  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)

Other References

  1. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  4. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  7. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  8. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  9. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  10. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
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The Barrington Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Barrington 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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