Baracluff History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Baracluff surname lived 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. 
Early Origins of the Baracluff family
The surname Baracluff 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.  This latter source believes the place of origin was near Wakefield.
Early History of the Baracluff family
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Baracluff Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Baracluff are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Baracluff include: Barraclough, Burraclough, Baraclough, Baracluff, Barrowclough, Barnaclough, Berecloth, Berrycloth, Baricloughe, Bereclough, Barrayclught, Beraclough, Barraclue, Baroclough, Barracliff and many more.
Early Notables of the Baracluff family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Baracluff family
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Baracluff or a variant listed above: 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.