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

The name Barrow is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived near a grove, or in any of a number of places called Barrow, The surname is derived from the Old English word, bearo, which means grove. As a local name, it could also be derived from a long hill or mound.

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The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Barrow has been spelled many different ways, including Barrow, Barrough, Barrows and others.

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barrow research. Another 135 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1192, 1242, 1550, 1593, 1630, 1677, 1613 and 1680 are included under the topic Early Barrow 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 Barrow Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Barrows to arrive in North America:

Barrow Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Thomas Barrow settled in Virginia in 1623
  • John Barrow settled in Virginia in 1642
  • Henry Barrow who settled in Virginia in 1652
  • Henry Barrow, who arrived in Virginia in 1652
  • Michael Barrow, who landed in Virginia in 1653


Barrow Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Mary Barrow, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Lewis Barrow, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • George Barrow, who landed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1748
  • William Barrow, who landed in North Carolina in 1760
  • Rubin Barrow, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1787


Barrow Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Mr. Barrow, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815
  • Edward Barrow, who landed in America in 1830
  • Robert Barrow, who landed in New York in 1832
  • Thomas Barrow, who arrived in Maryland in 1844
  • Joseph Barrow, who arrived in Mississippi in 1859

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  • Alexander Barrow (1801-1846), American politician, U.S. Senator from Louisiana
  • Edward Grant Barrow (1868-1953), American baseball manager and executive, elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1953
  • Clyde Chestnut Barrow (1909-1934), American gangster, half of the notorious Bonnie and Clyde outlaws
  • Joseph Louis Barrow (1914-1981), better known as "Joe Louis", American boxer considered to be one of the greatest heavyweight boxing champions that ever lived
  • Robert Hilliard Barrow (1922-2008), American general, 27th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps (1979 to 1983)
  • Isaac Barrow (1630-1677), English mathematician
  • Sir John Barrow (1764-1848), 1st Baronet, an English statesman
  • Mr. Harry Barrow (d. 1912), aged 35, English Butcher from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Errol Walton Barrow (1920-1987), Caribbean statesman, the first Prime Minister of Barbados
  • Geoffrey Wallis Steuart Barrow FBA, FRSE (1924-2013), Professor of Scottish history at the University of Edinburgh


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  • The Barrow Family of Virginia by Mae Belle Barrow.
  • Ancestry of Elihu B. Gifford (1830-1898) and Catherine Sandow Barrows (1835-1917) of Saratoga County, New York, Buffalo County, Wisconsin, and Spokane County, Washington by Raymond L. Olson.
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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: Parum sufficit
Motto Translation: A little is enough.

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