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The ancestors of the Barnett surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived on or near land cleared for cultivation by burning off the forest.

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The surname Barnett was first found in Lancashire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Barnett include Barnett, Barnette, Barnet and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barnett research. Another 237 words (17 lines of text) covering the year 1400 is included under the topic Early Barnett History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Barnett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Barnett family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 160 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Barnett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • John Barnett who settled in Virginia in 1620
  • John Barnett, who landed in America in 1624
  • Jo Barnett, aged 20, arrived in Barbados in 1635
  • Nich Barnett, who landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Rich Barnett, who landed in Virginia in 1635


Barnett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Sara Barnett, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • Francis Barnett, who arrived in Virginia in 1712
  • Wm Barnett, who landed in America in 1736

Barnett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Margaret Barnett, aged 34, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Jane Barnett, aged 12, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Andrew Barnett, aged 24, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Annabelle Barnett, aged 20, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Annabella Barnett, aged 20, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803


Barnett Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • John Barnett arrived in Newfoundland in 1816
  • B Barnett, who landed in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862
  • George Barnett, who landed in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862
  • Hariett Barnett, who arrived in Esquimalt British Columbia in 1862

Barnett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Joseph Barnett, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • William Barnett, a bricklayer, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Hiam Barnett, English convict from Bristol, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • James Barnett, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia


Barnett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Lewis Barnett landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842
  • William Barnett landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Thomas Harrison
  • William Barnett, aged 33, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • Charlotte Barnett, aged 34, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • William Barnett, aged 4, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842


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  • Frank Elliott Barnett (b. 1933), American diplomat, 49th Governor of American Samoa (1976-1977)
  • Brigadier-General James Washington Barnett (1892-1983), American Commanding General US Army Forces New Caledonia (1945)
  • Major-General Allison Joseph Barnett (1892-1971), American Commanding General 94th Division, North-West Europe (1945-1946)
  • Bryan K. Barnett, American politician, Mayor of Rochester Hills, Michigan; Elected 2011
  • Brian David Barnett, American Republican politician, Candidate for Montana State House of Representatives 99th District, 2010
  • Brian Barnett, American politician, Independent Candidate for Presidential Elector for Arkansas, 2008
  • Bob Barnett, American Republican politician, Chair of Kingfisher County Republican Party, 2014
  • Bill Barnett, American politician, Mayor of Naples, Florida, 2009
  • Bethany M. Barnett, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 2008
  • Barbara K. Barnett, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 2012

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