Barbant History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Barbant is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in the village of Barbon, about three miles north of Kirkby Lonsdale another small town in Cumbria, England, on the River Lune.

Early Origins of the Barbant family

The surname Barbant was first found in Westmorland, (now known as Cumbria) where they held a family seat at Barbon Manor from ancient times. Arguably the name could have originated from Barbourne, a parish in Worcestershire and if the surname originated in southern England, it is likely from this latter source. It seems that people from both locals claim their origin of the name as distinct. Barebone (1596-1679), the London leather merchant and preacher descended from the Worcestershire parish.

Important Dates for the Barbant family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barbant research. Another 110 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1301, 1494, 1569, 1589, 1690, 1596, 1679, 1653, 1698, 1690 and 1695 are included under the topic Early Barbant History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Barbant Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Barbant family name include Barbon, Barbone, Barebone, Barebayn, Barbyn, Barbyne, Barboyn, Barboyne, Barban and many more.

Early Notables of the Barbant family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Praise-God Barebone (1596-1679), a London leather merchant who became a noted preacher and a member of the parliament set up...
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Barbant migration to Canada

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Barbant surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Barbant Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Marie Barbant, who settled in Quebec in 1666

Barbant 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:

Barbant Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Frederick J. Barbant, aged 20, a carpenter, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874

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