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Barkas History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The name Barkas has been recorded in British history since the time when the Anglo-Saxons ruled over the region. The name is assumed to have been 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 Barkas family


The surname Barkas was first found in Cumberland and Durham, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Barkas family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barkas 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 Barkas History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Barkas Spelling Variations


The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Barkas has been spelled many different ways, including Backhouse, Baccus, Bachus, Bakehouse, Backas, Backhuse and many more.

Early Notables of the Barkas family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Barkas family to Ireland


Some of the Barkas family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 37 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Barkas family to the New World and Oceana


Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Barkass to arrive in North America: Andrew Backhouse who settled by the Oswegatchie River in 1822; Henry Bachus arrived in Philadelphia in 1774; Joane Bakehouse settled in Virginia in 1654..

The Barkas 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.


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