Bairnfather History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Bairnfather family

The surname Bairnfather was first found in Roxburghshire where they held a family seat at Kelso from very early times. The name is anciently from the Old Norse personal name Bjarnvardr.

Important Dates for the Bairnfather family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bairnfather research. Another 123 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1502, 1525, 1542, 1590 and 1687 are included under the topic Early Bairnfather History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bairnfather Spelling Variations

Although the name, Bairnfather, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname was shown with the spellings Bairnsfather, Bairnfather, Barnsfather, Barnisfather, Barnisfadir, Bairnsfeather, Bairnfeather, Barnsfeather, Barnfeather, Bairnisfader, Bairnisfather, Bairnisfeather, Barnisfader, Barnisfather, Barnisfeather and many more.

Early Notables of the Bairnfather family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Bairnfather family

Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of cholera, typhoid, dysentery or small pox. In North America, some of the first immigrants who could be considered kinsmen of the Bairnfather family name Bairnfather, or who bore a variation of the surname were Samuel Barnfather who landed in America in 1753.

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