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Bairnsfather History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Early Origins of the Bairnsfather family


The surname Bairnsfather 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.

Early History of the Bairnsfather family


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Bairnsfather Spelling Variations


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

Early Notables of the Bairnsfather family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Bairnsfather family to the New World and Oceana


The New World beckoned as many of the settlers in Ireland, known as the Scotch/Irish, became disenchanted. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Amongst the early settlers who could be considered kinsmen of the Bairnsfather family, or who bore a variation of the surname Bairnsfather were Samuel Barnfather who landed in America in 1753.

Contemporary Notables of the name Bairnsfather (post 1700)


  • Bruce Bairnsfather (1888-1959), British (Indian born) illustrator and author

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