Barcus History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Anglo-Saxons of Britain first developed the name Barcus. It was a name given to someone who was a worker at the bake-house. The bake-house was where all the people in a village would bake their bread in communal ovens.
Early Origins of the Barcus family
The surname Barcus was first found in Cumberland and Durham, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Barcus family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barcus research. Another 80 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1500, 1894, 1554, 1626, 1598, 1601, 1593 and 1662 are included under the topic Early Barcus History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Barcus Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Barcus have been found, including Backhouse, Baccus, Bachus, Bakehouse, Backas, Backhuse and many more.
Early Notables of the Barcus family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Barcus family to Ireland
Some of the Barcus family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Barcus family
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Barcus, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were: Andrew Backhouse who settled by the Oswegatchie River in 1822; Henry Bachus arrived in Philadelphia in 1774; Joane Bakehouse settled in Virginia in 1654..
Contemporary Notables of the name Barcus (post 1700) +
- James R. Barcus, American ionospheric physics researcher at Byrd Station in 1966 through 1968, eponym of Barcus Glacier, Antarctica
- Lieutenant-General Glenn Oscar Barcus (1903-1990), American Chief of Staff of the U.S. European Command, Paris, France (1957-1960) 
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The Barcus 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: Confido in Deo
Motto Translation: I trust in God.