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The lineage of the name Barley begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in the county of Hertfordshire, where they took their name from the parish of Barley. Barley is also a village in the borough of Pendle, in Lancashire which dates back to 1266.

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Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Barley has undergone many spelling variations, including Barley, Barly, Barely, Barle, Barlay and others.

First found in Hertfordshire, and perhaps Essex where Borley is a village and civil parish.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barley research. Another 151 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1591, 1565 and 1614 are included under the topic Early Barley History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Barley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Barley were among those contributors:

Barley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Anthony Barley who settled in Virginia in 1653
  • Antho Barley, who arrived in Virginia in 1653
  • Elizabeth Barley settled in Barbados in 1654
  • Elizabeth Barley, who arrived in America in 1654
  • Ann Barley, who landed in Maryland in 1665


Barley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • James Barley, who arrived in America in 1764

Barley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • John Barley, aged 40, landed in North Carolina in 1812
  • O Barley, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Samuel Barley arrived in Philadelphia in 1859
  • Melchoir Barley, who arrived in West Virginia in 1861
  • Henry Barley, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1878

Barley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Frederick Barley, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749

Barley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Richard Barley, aged 29, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Osceola"

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  • Les Barley (b. 1967), American former Arena Football League fullback and linebacker
  • Stephen R. Barley (b. 1953), American organizational theorist
  • Larry Barley, American Republican politician, Member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1979
  • John M. Barley, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 19th District, 1887
  • E. V. Barley, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1912
  • Betty Barley, American Republican politician, Member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1957-59; Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1960
  • Bryan Barley (b. 1960), former England international rugby union centre
  • Jack Charles Barley (b. 1887), English cricketer
  • Nigel Barley (b. 1947), English anthropologist
  • Brian Barley (1943-1971), Canadian saxophone player

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The Barley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Barley Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 21 January 2016 at 14:03.

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