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Early Origins of the Baring family

The surname Baring was first found in Devonshire where "the peer and the Baronet descend from John Baring of Devonshire, Esq., (XVIII. cent.) son of John Baring, minister of the Lutheran church at Bremen, in Saxony, whose ancestors had been either municipal officers or Lutheran ministers of that city from the time of the Reformation." [1]

Earlier records do show John Bering in Somerset, 1 Edward III (during the first year of King Edward III's reign.) [2]

Early History of the Baring family

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Baring Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Baring include Beckering, Becking, Bearing, Baring, Bering and others.

Early Notables of the Baring family (pre 1700)

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United States Baring migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Baring or a variant listed above:

Baring Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles Baring, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1831 [3]
  • Herman Baring, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840 [3]
  • A. Baring, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1893
  • Cecil Baring, aged 31, who landed in America, in 1896
Baring Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alexander Baring, aged 59, who landed in America from Hythe, England, in 1907
  • Alex Baring, aged 60, who immigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1908
  • Alexander Baring, aged 63, who settled in America from London, England, in 1912

Contemporary Notables of the name Baring (post 1700) +

  • Francis Baring (1800-1868), 3rd Baron Ashburton, American-born, British peer Whig and later Tory politician
  • Walter Stephan Baring Jr. (1911-1975), American Democratic Party politician, Chair of Washoe County Democratic Party, 1936; Member of Nevada State House of Representatives, 1936-42 [4]
  • Thomas George Baring (1826-1904), English statesman
  • Maurice Baring (1874-1946), English journalist and author
  • Sir Francis Thornhill Baring (1796-1866), English statesman
  • Alexander Baring (1774-1848), 1st Baron Ashburton, of The Grange in Hampshire, of Ashburton in Devon and of Buckenham Tofts near Thetford in Norfolk, a British politician and financier
  • William Bingham Baring (1799-1864), 2nd Baron Ashburton, a British businessman and a Whig politician who later became a Tory
  • Alexander Hugh Baring (1835-1889), 4th Baron Ashburton, a British landowner and Conservative Party politician
  • Francis Denzil Edward Baring (b. 1866), 5th Baron Ashburton, a British peer and politician
  • Alexander Francis St Vincent Baring (1898-1991), 6th Baron Ashburton, a British businessman and politician
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

  1. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. 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.
  3. 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)
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from on Facebook