Show ContentsBaraclough History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Baraclough comes from when the family resided in West Yorkshire at Bareclough or Barneclogh, spellings used in the 14th century. Later known as Barraclough, records of the village or parish seem to be lost. [1]

Early Origins of the Baraclough family

The surname Baraclough was first found in West Yorkshire, where the first records of the family were found in 1315 and 1316. Peter del Baricloughe, de Barneclogh was listed there at that time. Much later, Robert Bereclough was listed in Yorkshire in 1493. [2] This latter source believes the place of origin was near Wakefield.

Early History of the Baraclough family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Baraclough research. Another 119 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1561, 1608, 1588, 1612, 1631, 1626, 1631, 1690 and 1765 are included under the topic Early Baraclough History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Baraclough 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 Baraclough include Barraclough, Burraclough, Baraclough, Baracluff, Barrowclough, Barnaclough, Berecloth, Berrycloth, Baricloughe, Bereclough, Barrayclught, Beraclough, Barraclue, Baroclough, Barracliff and many more.

Early Notables of the Baraclough family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Baraclough family

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: Thomas Barraclough, who sailed to New York in 1823; Abel Barraclough, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1864; J. Barraclaugh, who was recorded in Brant County, Ontario in 1875.



  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


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