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Origins Available: English, Scottish
The ancient Scottish name Barbour was first used by someone who worked as a medieval barber who not only cut hair and gave shaves, but also practiced surgery and pulled teeth.
The surname Barbour was first found in Northumberland, and Cumberland, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
In the era before dictionaries, there were no rules governing the spelling or translation of names or any other words. Consequently, there are an enormous number of spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names. Barbour has appeared as Barbour, Barber,Barberton and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barbour research. Another 192 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1286, 1316, 1395, 1410, and 1603 are included under the topic Early Barbour History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Barbour Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Barbour family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 261 words (19 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
The freedom, opportunity, and land of the North American colonies beckoned. There, Scots found a place where they were generally free from persecution and where they could go on to become important players in the birth of new nations. Some fought in the American War of Independence, while others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these Scottish settlers have been able to recover their lost national heritage in the last century through highland games and Clan societies in North America. Among them:
Barbour Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Barbour Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Barbour Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Barbour Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
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: Nihilo nisi cruce
Motto Translation: Nothing, but the cross.
The Barbour Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Barbour 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.
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