Bark History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestry of the name Bark dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in a bark-house, a house where the bark was stored for use in the tanning process.

Early Origins of the Bark family

The surname Bark was first found in Norfolk, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Bark family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bark research. Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1249, 1327, 1400, and 1500 are included under the topic Early Bark History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bark 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 Bark have been found, including Bark, Barke, Barks, Barc, Berk and others.

Early Notables of the Bark family (pre 1700)

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United States Bark migration to the United States +

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. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Bark, or a variant listed above:

Bark Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Henry Bark, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765 [1]
Bark Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jacob Bark, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1806 [1]
  • Henry and Jacob Bark, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1806
  • Francis Bark, aged 53, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Sara Bark, who landed in New York in 1850
  • Edward Bark, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1860

Canada Bark migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bark Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Corporal John Bark U.E. who settled in Edwardsburgh-Cardinal, Leeds & Grenville, Ontario c. 1783 he served as a Corporal in the Loyal Rangers [2]
Bark Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Peter Bark, who landed in Manitoba in 1874
  • Edward Bark was living in Grey County, Ontario in 1890

Australia Bark migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Bark Settlers in Australia in the 18th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name Bark (post 1700) +

  • Tom Burrow Bark (1863-1940), American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1912 [4]
  • James F. Bark Jr., American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Midland County, 1952, 1954 [4]
  • Anne Hamilton Bark, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arizona, 2008 [4]
  • Evelyn Bark, distinguished official of the British Red Cross

Bismarck
  • Herbert Bark (1914-1941), German Maschinenmaat who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [5]


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 29th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/barwell
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details


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