Origins Available: English
The chronicles of the Barness family indicate that the name was first used by the Strathclyde Britons
of the Scottish/English Borderlands. Barness is derived from the personal name
Burnhouse, derived from the words burn,
meaning "stream," and house,
meaning a house.
Early Origins of the Barness family
The surname Barness was first found in Cumberland
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Barness family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barness research.Another 218 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1495, and 1560 are included under the topic Early Barness History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Barness Spelling Variations
The many spelling variations
in Medieval Scottish names result from the fact that scribes in that era spelled words according to sound. Translation too, was an undeveloped science, and many names were altered into complete obscurity. Over the years Barness has been spelled Burness, Burnes, Burnace, Burnice, Burnhouse, Burnshead, Burnish, Burnist, Bernis and many more.
Early Notables of the Barness family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Barness family to Ireland
Some of the Barness family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 227 words (16 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Barness family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainties and discrimination faced in Scotland
, many decided to head out for North America. Once they arrived, many Scots fought with relish in the American War of Independence; some went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Many ancestors of these Scots have recovered their lost national heritage in the 20th century through Clan
organizations and Scottish historical societies. Among the settlers to North America were: William Burnhouse settled in Virginia in 1623; Margaret Burness, who settled in East New Jersey in 1685; James Burness, who settled in America in 1815.
The Barness Motto
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: Perseverantia vincit
Motto Translation: Perseverance conquers