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

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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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.

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.


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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.

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Another 171 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Barrett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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


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


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


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


Barrett Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • John Barrett, aged 30, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "Hibernia" from Kinsale
  • Richard Barrett, aged 32, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "Hibernia" from Kinsale
  • Elizabeth Barrett, aged 26, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "Hibernia" from Kinsale
  • Thomas Barrett, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Matilda" from Cork
  • Daniel Barrett, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Thomas Hanford" from Cork


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


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
  • William Barrett landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • John Barrett arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Midlothian" in 1859
  • Anne Barrett, aged 21, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Anne Longton" in 1860


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  • Private Carlton W Barrett (1919-1986), United States Army soldier awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944
  • Majel Barrett (1932-2008), American actress and producer, wife of television director/producer/writer and Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry
  • Andre Barrett (b. 1982), American basketball player
  • Andrea Barrett (b. 1954), American novelist
  • Colleen Barrett (b. 1944), President of Southwest Airlines
  • Lawrence Barrett (1838-1891), American stage actor
  • Ronnie Barrett (b. 1954), American founder of Barrett Firearms Manufacturing
  • Brigadier-General Charles Joseph Barrett (1900-1963), American Head of Foreign Languages Department, US Military Academy West Point (1949)
  • James L. "Jim" Barrett (1926-2013), American founder and owner of Chateau Montelena, Napa Valley, California
  • Mr. Daniel Barrett (d. 1915), Irish Fireman from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania 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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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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