Show ContentsBarberton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Barberton surname is derived from the Anglo-Norman French word "barbier," in turn from the Late Latin "barbarius," or "barba, " meaning "beard." As such, it was originally an occupational name for a barber, who in Medieval times, not only cut hair and gave shaves, but also practiced surgery and pulled teeth. [1]

Alternatively, the name could have been Norman in origin from: St. Barbe sur Gaillon, a location in Normandy, where was the celebrated abbey of St. Barbara. Bernard Barb and de Barbes, were tenants in the Domesday Book, St. Barbe is on the Roll of Battell Abbey. William de St. Barbara, Bishop of Durham, A.D. 1143. " [2]

Early Origins of the Barberton family

The surname Barberton was first found in Warwickshire, where early Alan and John le Barbur were listed in Assize Rolls of 1248. [3] Kirby's Quest lists "Henry le Barbur, Somerset, 1 Edward III." [4] (recorded in Somerset during the first year of King Edward III's reign.)

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list: Alexander le Barbur in London; Henry le Barber in Oxfordshire; Richard Barbitonsor in Oxfordshire; John le Barber in Cambridgeshire; and Geoffrey le Barbir in Huntingdonshire. [1]

Early History of the Barberton family

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Barberton Spelling Variations

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Barbour, Barber, Barberton and others.

Early Notables of the Barberton family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Juliana Barber, prioress of Limebrook abbey, Hereforshire in 1539; and Edward Barber (died 1674?), an English Baptist minister from London. Thomas Barbar (fl. 1587), was an English divine, admitted scholar of St. John's College, Cambridge, 8 Nov. 1560, proceeded B.A. 1563-1564, M.A. in 1567...
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Ireland Migration of the Barberton family to Ireland

Some of the Barberton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Barberton family

To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Barberton or a variant listed above: Henry Barber, who came to Virginia in 1623; Francis Barber, who came to Virginia in 1635; George Barber who arrived in Virginia in 1635, aboard the ".

  1. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  3. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print. on Facebook