Barbary History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The earliest origins of the name Barbary date back to the time of the 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

The surname Barbary was first found in 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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United States Barbary migration to the United States +

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
  • Thomas Barbary, who landed in Maryland in 1658 [1]
  • William Barbary, who arrived in Virginia in 1663 [1]
  • Susanna Barbary, who arrived in Maryland in 1678 [1]

Australia Barbary migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Barbary Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Alexander Barbary, (b. 1827), aged 18, Cornish settler convicted in Bodmin, Cornwall, UK on 14th October 1845, sentenced for 10 years for stealing horses, transported aboard the ship "Joseph Somes" on 2nd June 1847 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [2]
  • William Barbary, aged 33, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Standard" [3]
  • Alfred Barbary, aged 18, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Lord Hungerford"
  • Mr. William J Barbary, (b. 1874), aged 17, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Tara" arriving in Queensland, Australia on 26th May 1891 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Barbary (post 1700) +

  • Barrie Barbary, former Australian rules footballer who played and then later coached Woodville
  • Cyrillus-Camillus Barbary (1899-2004), the last known Belgian veteran of the First World War

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from
  3. ^ South Australian Register Monday 18th December 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Standard 1854. Retrieved
  4. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from on Facebook
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