Origins Available: English, Italian
Anglo-Saxons. 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 Barbary family
Leicestershire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Barbary family
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Barbary Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Barbary include Barberry, Barbary, Barbery, Barberrie, Baberie, Berberry and many more.
Early Notables of the Barbary family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Barbary family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Barbary or a variant listed above:
Barbary Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Barbary Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Barbary (post 1700)
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