Show ContentsBarger History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Barger is an Anglo-Saxon name. The name was originally given to a person who stripped trees of bark for tanning. "It is confined to the northern half of England and to the eastern counties north of the Thames. It is very frequent in Yorkshire, and is also well represented in the counties of Derby, Lincoln, and Norfolk." [1]

The name evolved from "from the trade or occupation of 'barker,' an obsolete name for the bark-stripper or rather for the man who prepared the bark for the tanner. Later the word was synonymous with 'tanner.' " [2]

"A tanner, from his using bark of trees in his trade. In the old ballad of the King and the Tanner in Percy's Reliques, the latter calls himself "a Barker, Sir, by my trade." English Sum. Barcarius and Le Barkere." [3]

Early Origins of the Barger family

The surname Barger was first found in Yorkshire where Ralph Berker was a Knights Templar in 1185. A few years later, Aluredus le berkier was found the in the Pipe Rolls for Lincolnshire in 1193. Later again, John le Bercher was recorded in the Curia Regis Rolls for Hampshire in 1212. Jordan le Barker was found in the Assize Rolls for Essex in 1255 and John le Barker was listed in the Assize Rolls for Cambridgeshire in 1260. [4] The previous entries that include "le", meaning "the", point the the occupational nature of the name as by example, "John the Barker."

Another source notes, Alan le Barkere who was listed there in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. The same rolls listed Robert Barcarius in Lincolnshire. [5]

Early records in Scotland include: "Patrick Bercar and his son [who] held land in Dunipace c. 1200. Alisaundre le Barker, provost of the burgh of Haddington, rendered homage in 1296 [to King Edward I of England]. Richard le Barker of Tyningham, tenant of the bishop of St. Andrews in the county of Edneburk also rendered homage in the same year. Thomas Barkar in the parish of Fyvy was excommunicated in 1382, William Barcar held a land in Edinburgh in 1400, and Alexander Barcare was vicar of the parish of Pettinain in 1486." [2]

Early History of the Barger family

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Barger Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Barger has appeared include Barker, Barkers, Barkes, Barkess, Barkere, Barkar and others.

Early Notables of the Barger family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Sir Christopher Barker, a distinguished British diplomat and court official in the 16th century; Sir John Barker, 1st Baronet (c.1609-c. 1652); and his son, Sir John Barker, 2nd Baronet (c.1635-1664); and his son, Sir John Barker, 4th Baronet (1655-1696), an English Baronet and politician, Member of Parliament for Ipswich (1680-1696); and his son, Sir William...
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Barger Ranking

In the United States, the name Barger is the 2,071st most popular surname with an estimated 14,922 people with that name. [6]

Ireland Migration of the Barger family to Ireland

Some of the Barger family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Barger migration to the United States +

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Barger arrived in North America very early:

Barger Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Philip Barger who arrived in Boston in 1685
  • Philip Barger, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1685 [7]
Barger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Barger, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1716 [7]
  • Philipus Barger, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1742 [7]
  • Philippus Barger, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1742
  • Jacob Barger, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765 [7]
Barger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Martin Barger, who arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1852
  • John Barger, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1856
  • David Barger, aged 3, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1879 [7]

Canada Barger migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Barger Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Barbara Barger, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Walter Barger is registered as a United Empire Loyalist, arriving in Upper Canada in 1798

Contemporary Notables of the name Barger (post 1700) +

  • Frank Barger (1921-1991), American high school football coach at Hickory High School in Hickory, North Carolina
  • Eros Bolivar "Cy" Barger (1885-1964), American right-handed starting pitcher who played in the American League and the National League
  • Carl F. Barger (b. 1930), American baseball executive, President of the Pittsburgh Pirates (1989–1991), President of the Florida Marlins in 1992
  • Dr. Amy J. Barger (b. 1971), American astronomer, awarded the 2002 Pierce Prize of the American Astronomical Society, the 2007 Maria Goeppert-Mayer Award of the American Physical Society
  • Private First Class Charles Denver Barger (1892-1936), United States Army soldier awarded the Medal of Honor
  • Benjamin Barger (b. 1920), American clinical psychologist and educator
  • Thomas Charles Barger (b. 1909), American mining engineer and oil executive, and consultant for the Board of National Estimates
  • Harold Barger (b. 1907), American economist and educator
  • Alphonso Sledge Barger (b. 1908), American lawyer
  • Herman Barger (b. 1915), American diplomat, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and foreign correspondent
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The Barger 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: Fide sed cui vide
Motto Translation: Trust, but in whom take care.

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  6. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  7. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook