Show ContentsBarking History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Barking is a habitational name from the civil parish of West Birkin in West Yorkshire. The parish still exists today but remains small with a population of 146 in 2001.

Early Origins of the Barking family

The surname Barking was first found in Yorkshire where one of the first records of the name was John de Birkin who held lands there in the time of King John.

Birkin is a parish, in the Lower division of the wapentake of Barkstone-Ash, in the West Riding of Yorkshire. 1

Barking is a large parish, and formerly a market-town, in the union of Romford, hundred of Becontree, South division of Essex. "The name of this place, formerly written Berking, is by some deduced from the Saxon words Beorce, a birch-tree, and Ing, a meadow; by others from Berg-Ing, signifying a fortification in the meadows, probably from an ancient intrenchment about a quarter of a mile on the road to Ilford, of which there are still considerable vestiges. The town derived its early importance from a very extensive and distinguished abbey, founded in 670, by Erkenwald, Bishop of London, for nuns of the Benedictine order, and dedicated to the Virgin Mary, which was governed by a long succession of abbesses. Soon after the Conquest, William retired to the town, till the completion of the Tower of London. " 1

There is a small parish named Barking in the union and hundred of Bosmere and Claydon, E. division of Suffolk. 1

Richard be Barking (d. 1246), was an early English judge who was for some years Prior of the Abbey of Westminster. 2

Early History of the Barking family

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Barking Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Byrkin, Birkin, Byrken, Birkyn, Byrkyn, Birken and others.

Early Notables of the Barking family

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United States Barking migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Barking Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Adelheid Barking, who arrived in America in 1850 3

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. 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) on Facebook