Barks History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Barks comes from when the family resided in a bark-house, a house where the bark was stored for use in the tanning process.

Early Origins of the Barks family

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

Important Dates for the Barks family

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Barks Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Barks has been recorded under many different variations, including Bark, Barke, Barks, Barc, Berk and others.

Early Notables of the Barks family (pre 1700)

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Barks migration to the United States

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Barks or a variant listed above:

Barks Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Martin Barks, who arrived in New York in 1709 [1]
Barks Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Francisco Barks, aged 40, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Barks (post 1700)

  • James Alexander Barks (1879-1936), American politician, Mayor of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, 1921-29 [2]

Citations

  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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