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When the Strongbownians arrived in Ireland, they encountered an established an Irish system for creating hereditary surnames. However, like the Irish, the Anglo-Norman Strongbownians frequently had patronymic surnames, a form of surname that was formed from the name of the bearer's father, or another older relative. Therefore, since the Strongbownians' system was in many ways built on the same principles as the Irish, the two systems eventually attained a sort of merger. Therefore, since the Stronbownian's names often had Norman names which were French, diminutive suffixes, such as -ot, -et, -un, -in, or -el were added to the name of the bearer's father, or older relative. Another Norman way of creating a patronymic name was to use the prefix Fitz-, which was derived from the French word "fils," and ultimately from the Latin " filius," both of which mean son. The surname Barrett is derived from the personal name Berold. In Munster, the Gaelic form of the surname Barrett is Baróid, while in Connacht, the Gaelic form is Bairéid.

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The surname Barrett was first found in Lincolnshire, where Matthew Baret was recorded between 1150 and 1155. The Barret family was also established in the English counties of Nottinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Hampshire, Yorkshire and Essex. However, they joined Strongbow in his invasion of Ireland in 1172 at the invitation of the King of Leinster, Dermot McMurrough. Strongbow granted lands to the family in County Cork and County Mayo where they became staunchly Irish.

During an investigation of the origin of each name, it was found that church officials and medieval scribes spelled many surnames as they sounded. Therefore, during the lifetime of a single person, a name could be spelt numerous ways. Some of the spelling variations for the name Barrett include Barrett, Barret, Barett, Baret, Barratt, Barrat, Barat, Baratt, McWhadden and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barrett research. Another 181 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1691, 1415, 1400, 1400, 1410, 1412, 1693, 1631 and 1713 are included under the topic Early Barrett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notable amongst the family up to this time was Lord of Tirawley; Patrick Barrett (died 1415), an Irishman who held religious and secular high offices in Ireland, an Augustinian Canon at Kells Priory in County Kilkenny, Bishop of Ferns (appointed 1400), concentrated bishop at Rome (1400), Lord Chancellor...

Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Barrett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ireland experienced a dramatic decrease in its population during the 19th century. This was in a great measure, a response to England's imperialistic policies. Hunger and disease took the lives of many Irish people and many more chose to leave their homeland to escape the horrific conditions. North America with its promise of work, freedom, and land was an extremely popular destination for Irish families. For those families that survived the journey, all three of these things were often attained through much hard work and perseverance. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Barrett:

Barrett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Francis Barrett, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Margaret Barrett, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1633
  • Humphrey Barrett, who arrived in New England in 1640
  • Samuel Barrett, who landed in Connecticut in 1645
  • Sara Barrett, who arrived in Virginia in 1649
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Barrett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Baldues Barrett, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Baldus Barrett, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Balthas Barrett, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Arthur Barrett, who landed in Virginia in 1749
  • Andrew Barrett, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1764
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Barrett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Hugh Barrett, aged 48, landed in Delaware in 1812
  • Ezekiel Barrett, aged 26, arrived in New York in 1812
  • A Barrett, aged 33, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829
  • Edward Barrett, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1843
  • Michael Barrett, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1843
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Barrett Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Robin Barrett, from England, settled at Trepassey, Newfoundland in the early 18th century, he later moved to Woody Island
  • John Barrett settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1705
  • Abraham Barrett settled in Torbay/Portugal Cove, Newfoundland in 1708
  • John Barrett from Poole, England, was a planter of Old Perlican, Newfoundland in 1709
  • John Barrett, from Poole, Dorset, England, settled in Bread and Cheese Cove, Newfoundland around 1728
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Barrett Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Barrett, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1822
  • Thomas Barrett, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1828
  • John Barrett, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1831
  • John Barrett, aged 30, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Hibernia" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • Richard Barrett, aged 32, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Hibernia" from Kinsale, Ireland
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Barrett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Barrett, English convict from Wiltshire, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • George Barrett, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • John Barrett, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Thomas Barrett arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cleveland" in 1839
  • Charles Barrett arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1839
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Barrett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Richard Barrett landed in Queen Charlotte Sound, New Zealand in 1830
  • John Barrett landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Richard Barrett landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • William Barrett landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • John Barrett arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Midlothian" in 1859
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  • Tom Barrett, American co-founder of Barrett-Jackson, an American auction company in Scottsdale, Arizona which specializes in the auction of classic cars and antique cars
  • Sister Adrian Barrett (1929-2015), American Roman Catholic nun, founder of Friends of the Poor, a nonprofit organization in Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • James L. "Jim" Barrett (1926-2013), American founder and owner of Chateau Montelena, Napa Valley, California
  • Brigadier-General Charles Joseph Barrett (1900-1963), American Head of Foreign Languages Department, US Military Academy West Point (1949)
  • Ronnie Barrett (b. 1954), American founder of Barrett Firearms Manufacturing
  • Lawrence Barrett (1838-1891), American stage actor
  • Colleen Barrett (b. 1944), President of Southwest Airlines
  • Andrea Barrett (b. 1954), American novelist
  • Andre Barrett (b. 1982), American basketball player
  • Private Carlton W Barrett (1919-1986), United States Army soldier awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944
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Barrett Historic Events



HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Wilfred William Barrett, British Petty Officer, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Herbert Barrett, British Corporal, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Miss May Barrett, Irish 2nd Class passenger residing in New York, New York, USA returning to Ireland, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Daniel Barrett, Irish Fireman from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Frederick Barrett, aged 28, English Leading Fireman from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 13
  • Mr. Frederick William Barrett (d. 1912), aged 33, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
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  • John Clinton Barrett, Tennessee Settler in the Ozarks: The Life and Times of John C. Barrett, his Family and Descendants by Ron Pyron.
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Citations



    Other References

    1. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
    2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    3. 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).
    4. 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.
    5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
    8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    9. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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    The Barrett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Barrett 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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