Origins Available: English
The ancient Anglo-Saxon
surname Barbay came from the baptismal name meaning the son of Barbara
. The name is equally often of nickname
derivation and was given to a man with a heavy beard.
Early Origins of the Barbay family
The surname Barbay was first found in Hampshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Barbay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barbay research.Another 411 words (29 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1229, 1500, 1795 and 1602 are included under the topic Early Barbay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Barbay 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 Barbay family name include Barbe, Barb, Berb, Berbe, Barrbe, Berrbe and others.
Early Notables of the Barbay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Barbay family to Ireland
Some of the Barbay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Barbay 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 Barbay surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Adrian Barbe, who arrived in Virginia in 1621; Anne Barbe, who arrived in America in 1709; Rudolph Barbe, who came to Nova Scotia in 1752; and Henry Barbe, who settled in Baltimore in 1833..