Show ContentsBarkman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Barkman came to England with the ancestors of the Barkman family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Barkman family lived in any of several places of this name in the counties of Middlesex and Kent having derived from the Old English words beorg, meaning hill, and ham, meaning homestead. [1]

Early Origins of the Barkman family

The surname Barkman was first found in Kent, where Barham is a village and civil parish in the City of Canterbury. An ancient Saxon village, it was listed as Bioraham in 799 [1] and later as Bercheham in the Domesday Book. [2] There are also parishes in the Dioceses Ely, Chichester, and Norwich.

The first record of the surname was Warine de Berham, as holding lands in Kent in 1203. [3]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included some early spellings for the name: Simon de Bernham in Norfolk; and Walter de Bernham in Suffolk. [4]

The Placita de Quo Warranto, temp. Edward I-III listed John de Bernham, Kent, 20 Edward I (during the twentieth year of King Edward I's reign) and Thomas de Bernham, Suffolk.

"The family were lords of Barham, in Kent, at an early period, and according to Philipot, the Kentish genealogist, descendants of Robert de Berham, son of Richard Fitz-Urse, and brother of one of the assassins of Thomas a Beckett. " [5]

"The Sussex Barhams are probably connected with the ancient Kentish family of Barham. In the 13th century Baham was a Suffolk name. " [6]

Early History of the Barkman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barkman research. Another 133 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1535, 1535, 1390, 1391, 1634, 1621, 1595, 1667, 1625, 1626, 1577, 1670 and 1726 are included under the topic Early Barkman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Barkman Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Barkman has been recorded under many different variations, including Barham, Bareham, Barrham, Braham, Bearham, Bereham and many more.

Early Notables of the Barkman family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Richard de Berham, Sheriff of Kent (1390-1391); Sir Edward Barkham (died 1634), an English merchant, Lord Mayor of London in 1621; and Sir Edward Barkham, 1st Baronet of South Acre (1595-1667), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1625 and 1626. Nicholas Barham (d. 1577), was an early English lawyer, "a native of Wadhurst, Sussex. His family had been settled there for some generations, being a branch of...
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Barkman Ranking

In the United States, the name Barkman is the 18,815th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [7]

United States Barkman migration to the United States +

To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Barkmans were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Barkman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joost Barkman, who arrived in New York in 1709 [8]
  • Christefoal Barkman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1742 [8]
  • Cristefoal Barkman, aged 30, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1742 [8]
  • Geo Barkman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765 [8]
Barkman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Martin Barkman, aged 53, who landed in New York, NY in 1874 [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Barkman (post 1700) +

  • Jane Barkman (b. 1951), American former swimmer, two-time Olympic champion
  • Victor E. P. Barkman (1878-1964), American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1916; Chair of Bedford County Democratic Party, 1927, 1937 [9]
  • Patrick G. Barkman, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate in primary for Texas State House of Representatives 58th District, 2002 [9]
  • David F. Barkman, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Morris County, 1922-24 [9]
  • Leonard Barkman (1920-1979), Canadian politician, the first Mennonite elected to the Manitoba assembly, Member of the Manitoba legislature from 1962 to 1973
  • Jon Barkman (b. 1979), Canadian ice hockey player, Senator Joseph A. Sullivan Trophy-CIS Player of the year (2001-2002)

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  5. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  6. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  7. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  8. 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)
  9. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 21) . Retrieved from on Facebook