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The surname Barbee 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.


The surname Barbee was first found in Provence, where the family has held a family seat since very early times.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Barbeyrac, Barbérac, Barbeillerac, Barberac, Barberrac, Barbeyrat, Barbérat, Barbeillerat, Barberat, Barberrat, Barberaque, Barberraque, Barbeyraque, Barbérac, Barbeilleraque, Barberracques, Barbey, Barbbey, Barbé, Barbée, Barbbé, Barbbée, Barbeille, Barbet and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barbee research. Another 319 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1782 and 1789 are included under the topic Early Barbee History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


More information is included under the topic Early Barbee Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Barbee Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Barbee, who landed in Maryland in 1678

  • Joe Barbee (b. 1933), college and professional American football defensive tackle
  • Andrew Russell Barbee Jr. (1827-1903), surgeon in the Confederate service during the American Civil War
  • John Henry Barbee (1905-1964), American blues singer and guitarist
  • Bobby Harold Barbee Sr., American Republican member of the North Carolina General Assembly
  • William Randolph Barbee (1818-1868), American sculptor
  • Herbert Barbee (1848-1936), American sculptor
  • David Monroe Barbee (1905-1968), American outfielder in Major League Baseball
  • Lloyd Augustus Barbee (1925-2002), American Democratic politician and civil rights activist
  • John Barbee (1815-1888), American politician, the tenth Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky
  • David Rankin Barbee (1874-1958), American journalist, and public relations writer
  • ...

  • A Study of the Barbee Families of Chatham, Orange, and Wake Counties in North Carolina by Ruth Shields.

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: Honestate pulchritude
Motto Translation: Honesty, beauty


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    Other References

    1. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. Conrad, Glenn R. The First Families of Louisiana. Baton Rouge LA: Claitor's Publishing, 1970. Print.
    4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    8. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    11. ...

    The Barbee Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Barbee Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 17 July 2016 at 12:58.

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