Barnabe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Barnabe surname lived in Barnby Hall, in the North Riding of Yorkshire. The name of that place is derived from the Old English personal name Beornwald, which comes from the words beorn, meaning young warrior, and wald, meaning rule. [1] Today, Barnby is also a village and civil parish in the Waveney district of Suffolk.

Early Origins of the Barnabe family

The surname Barnabe was first found in Yorkshire, where the earliest record is at Barnby Hall, in the parish of Calthorne, in the east riding of Yorkshire. [2] "The township anciently belonged to a family of the same name; mention occurring of Robert de Barneby, who held the lands under Peter de Mauley, lord of Mulgrave." [3]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 lists: Richard de Barneby in Yorkshire; and Henry de Barneby in Lincolnshire. Later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed: Thomas de Barmby; and Thomas de Barnby. [4]

Barnby in the North Riding of Yorkshire was an ancient family seat. "The township anciently belonged to a family of the same name; mention occurring of Robert de Barneby, who held the lands under Peter de Mauley, lord of Mulgrave." [3]

Early History of the Barnabe family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barnabe research. Another 64 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1000, 1550, 1838 and 1875 are included under the topic Early Barnabe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Barnabe Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Barnabe are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Barnabe include: Barneby, Barnby, Barnaby, Bernaby, Burnaby and many more.

Early Notables of the Barnabe family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Joseph Barnby, born at York Aug. 12, 1838, a chorister in York Minster, and student at the Royal Academy of Music: was for nine years organist of St. Andrew's, Wells Street, London, and contributed much...
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Barnabe Ranking

In France, the name Barnabe is the 4,690th most popular surname with an estimated 1,500 - 2,000 people with that name. [5]

United States Barnabe migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Barnabe or a variant listed above:

Barnabe Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Barnabe, who arrived in Virginia in 1631 [6]
Barnabe Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Marie-Ambroise Barnabé married in 1752
Barnabe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Louis Barnabé was a shoemaker in West-Farnham in 1871

Canada Barnabe migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Barnabe Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • a Barnabe family is cited in Nova Scotia in 1700
  • Jean-Baptiste Barnabé was born in Port Royal in 1704
  • Jean Barnabé married in Courville, Quebec in 1754
  • François Barnabé married in Saint-Roch-d'Achigan in 1799
Barnabe Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Jean-Baptiste Barnabé was a worker in Falls-of-Montreal in 1871
  • Edward Barnabé was a druggist in Montreal in 1891
Barnabe Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • René Barnabé, (born in Port Royal, Quebec in 1671, married in 1695, and died in 1752), one of the first 50 of the Barnabé surname who arrived from France onto Canadian shores between 1600 and 1900

Contemporary Notables of the name Barnabe (post 1700) +

  • Clermont Barnabé, expert on employment interviewing

The Barnabe 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: Virtute non vi
Motto Translation: By virtue not by force.

  1. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  2. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
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  6. ^ 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
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