Barkus History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Barkus is a name that was formed by the Anglo-Saxon society of old Britain. The name was thought to have been used for someone who once worked as 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 Barkus family
The surname Barkus was first found in Cumberland and Durham, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Barkus family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barkus 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 Barkus History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Barkus Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Barkus include Backhouse, Baccus, Bachus, Bakehouse, Backas, Backhuse and many more.
Early Notables of the Barkus family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Barkus family to Ireland
Some of the Barkus 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 Barkus family
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Barkus were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Andrew Backhouse who settled by the Oswegatchie River in 1822; Henry Bachus arrived in Philadelphia in 1774; Joane Bakehouse settled in Virginia in 1654..
Contemporary Notables of the name Barkus (post 1700) +
- Kathy Barkus, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Montana, 2008 
- Gregg Barkus, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Montana, 1988, 2008 
- Harry Barkus Gray (b. 1935), American chemist awarded the Priestley Medal in 1991, The Benjamin Franklin Medal in Chemistry and the Wolf Prize in Chemistry in 2004
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The Barkus 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.