The history of the Barbaray name began with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from a baptismal name meaning son of Barbara.
In some instances, the name may have also been a nickname
for someone, such as a Moor or Berber, who appeared to be of North African heritage. In such a case the name is a reference to the Barbary Coast of North Africa.
Early Origins of the Barbaray family
The surname Barbaray was first found in Leicestershire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Barbaray family
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Barbaray 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 Barbaray family name include Barberry, Barbary, Barbery, Barberrie, Baberie, Berberry and many more.
Early Notables of the Barbaray family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Barbaray family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, 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 Barbaray surname or a spelling variation of the name include : Thomas Barbery of Maryland who arrived in 1666.