Barron History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

"The word Baron is of Celtic extraction, and originally synonymous with man in general. It has this meaning in the Salic law, and in. the laws of the Lombards; in the English law, the phrase Baron and feme is equivalent to man and wife. It was afterward used to denote a man of respectability, a stout or valiant man. From denoting a stout or valiant man, it was employed as a name for a distinguished military leader, who having fought and conquered under some great commander, was afterward rewarded by him with a part of the lands which he had acquired." [1]

Early Origins of the Barron family

The surname Barron was first found in Baron, near Caen, Normandy. "William de Baron, son of Aiulph de Foro, was an early benefactor to Ardennes Abbey Normandy." [2]

The family landed in Devon shortly after the Conquest where Richard le Baron held one and a half fee there in 1165. [2]

While this early record follows the first Norman landing in Britain, we found another earlier record in 1095 when Lefuine Baron held estates at Bury in Suffolk. [3]

Later records at Sotterley in Suffolk listed the following: "The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the king's books at £10, and in the gift of Frederick Barne, Esq., whose ancestor, Sir George Barne, was lord mayor of London in the time of Edward VI." [4]

Geoffrey le Barun was listed in the Assize Rolls of Hampshire in 1236 and a few years later John Barn was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1296. [3]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Richard le Baron in Devon; and Geoffrey le Barun in Oxfordshire. [5]

Early History of the Barron family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barron research. Another 419 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1685, 1400, 1500, 1508, 1428, 1477, 1488, 1539, 1534, 1555, 1647, 1505, 1520, 1722, 1705, 1726, 1715, 1718 and are included under the topic Early Barron History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Barron Spelling Variations

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 Barron include Baron, Barrone, Barron, Barne, Barone and others.

Early Notables of the Barron family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include William Barons or Barnes (d. 1505), Bishop of London and Master of the Rolls, "about whom singularly little is known, appears to have been educated at Oxford, where he took the degree of LL.D., but in what college or hall he studied has not been ascertained. " [6] Stephen Baron (d...
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Ireland Migration of the Barron family to Ireland

Some of the Barron family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Barron migration to the United States +

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:

Barron Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Barron, who settled in Virginia in 1634
  • Symon Barron, aged 16, who arrived in Bermuda in 1635 [7]
  • Ellis Barron who settled in Watertown in 1640 from County Waterford, Ireland
  • Ellis Barron, who landed in Massachusetts in 1640 [7]
  • Elliz Barron, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1640 [7]
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Barron Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Elizeus Barron who settled in Woodbridge New Jersey in 1705
  • Samuel Barron, who landed in Virginia in 1749 [7]
  • Oliver Barron, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1750 [7]
  • Elias Barron, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1750 [7]
  • Nicolas Barron, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Barron Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alexander Barron, who landed in New York in 1810 [7]
  • John P Barron, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [7]
  • A. Barron, who settled in New Orleans, La., in 1820
  • Miss Barron, who arrived in Mobile, Alabama in 1821 [7]
  • Joseph Barron, who arrived in New York, NY in 1828 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Barron migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Barron Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Laurence Barron, who settled in Placentia, Newfoundland in 1794 [8]
Barron Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Martin Barron from Kilkenny, was married in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1803 [8]
  • John Barron, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1818
  • Robert Barron, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1820
  • Bridget Barron, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1821
  • Mary Barron, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1822
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Australia Barron migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Barron Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Barron, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Oregon" [9]
  • Donald Barron, aged 37, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "William Stevenson" [10]
  • Mary Barron, aged 22, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Nashwauk" [11]
  • Robert Barron, aged 22, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Victoria Regia"

New Zealand Barron migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Barron Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • George Barron, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842
  • H. W. Barron, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golconda" in 1859
  • Mr. Barron, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "James Nicol Fleming" arriving in Port Chalmers, Otago, New Zealand on 1st July 1873 [12]
  • Mr. John Barron, (b. 1848), aged 26, British farm labourer travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Halcione" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand in September 1875 [12]
  • Mrs. Mary Barron, (b. 1851), aged 23, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Halcione" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand in September 1875 [12]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Barron (post 1700) +

  • Blue Barron (1913-2005), born Harry Freidman, an American orchestra leader in the 1940s and early 1950s, he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • Brigadier-General William Andros Jr. Barron (1892-1964), American Chief of Staff 1st Service Command (1943-1945) [13]
  • Francis Xavier Barron (1922-2002), American psychologist
  • William W Barron (1911-2002), American Democratic politician, governor of West Virginia from 1961-1965
  • James Barron (1768-1851), American naval officer, who killed Stephen Decatur in a duel
  • Daniel D. Barron, American politician, Village President of River Rouge, Michigan, 1902-03, 1905-12 [14]
  • Daniel Barron, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Bladensburg, Maryland, 1845-49 [14]
  • Curtis H. Barron (1869-1914), American Republican politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 37th District, 1895-96 [14]
  • C. A. Barron, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1916 [14]
  • Ann Barron, American Republican politician, Chair of Polk County Republican Party, 2003 [14]
  • ... (Another 46 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Jack Barron, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [15]
  • Mr. William Barron, British Petty Officer Cook, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [15]


  1. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  2. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  5. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  6. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  7. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  8. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  9. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque OREGON, 521 tons - 1851 voyage to South Australia. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Oregon.htm
  10. ^ South Australian Register Friday 2nd February 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) William Stevenson 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/williamstevenson1855.shtml
  11. ^ South Australian Register Monday 14th May 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Nashwauk 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/europa1855.shtml
  12. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  13. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 6) William Barron. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Barron/William_Andros_Jr./USA.html
  14. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  15. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html


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