Barbazan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Barbazan is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Barbazan family lived in the county of Kent. The family name originates in the taken duchy of Brabant in Normandy, it is from the local that the village and parish of Braborne is named. Typically then the name was used by locals of the Brabant area. Their castle was called Brabacon. 
In Normandy the surname had come to be associated with mercenary-style soldiering, and the family was renowned as valiant fighters, particularly in William the Conqueror's army at the Battle of Hastings.
Another source claims that they assumed their surname from the Castle of Brabazon, in Normandy and it was Jaques Le Brabason, nicknamed the Great Warrior who came to the aid of William the Conqueror in his conquest of England and consequently appears on the Roll of Battle Abbey. 
"John le Brabason, son of the Norman, fixed his residence at Betchworth, in Surrey, and was living in the reigns of Henry I. and Henry II. From him derived the Brabazons of Eaatwell, in Leicestershire, of whom was John le Brabazon, of Eastwell, slain at the Battle of Bosworth." 
Early Origins of the Barbazan family
The surname Barbazan was first found in Surrey and Kent where they settled at Bletchworth in Surrey and Braborne in Kent. They were from the village and Castle of Brabancon in Flanders, their profession, professional soldiers.
Roger Le Barabazon (d. 1317), was an early English judge, "descended from an ancient family of Normandy. The name is variously spelt Brabaçon, Brabançon, and Brabanson, and was originally given to one of the roving bands of mercenaries common in the Middle Ages. " 
Early History of the Barbazan family
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Barbazan Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Brabasson, Brabazon, Brabauzon, Barbazaun and others.
Early Notables of the Barbazan family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir William Brabazon (d. 1552), Vice-Treasurer and Lord Justice of Ireland, descended from the family of Roger le Brabazon; Sir Edward Brabazon, 1st Baron Ardee (d. 1625), who represented County Wicklow in the Irish House of Commons and served as High Sheriff...
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Migration of the Barbazan family to Ireland
Some of the Barbazan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Barbazan family
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World 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 stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Barbazan or a variant listed above: Barnabas Brabazon settled in Barbados and Jamaica in the year 1700.
Contemporary Notables of the name Barbazan (post 1700) +
- Antoine Edme Adam de Barbazan, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 
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The Barbazan Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Vota vita mea
Motto Translation: Prayers are my life.
- ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
- ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
- ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
- ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 11) Antoine Barbazan. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html