Show ContentsBarnaby History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Barnaby name come from when the Anglo-Saxon tribes ruled over Britain. The name Barnaby was originally derived from a family having 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 Barnaby family

The surname Barnaby 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 Barnaby family

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Barnaby Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Barnaby include Barneby, Barnby, Barnaby, Bernaby, Burnaby and many more.

Early Notables of the Barnaby 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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Barnaby Ranking

In the United States, the name Barnaby is the 16,255th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [5]

United States Barnaby migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Barnaby Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • James Barnaby who settled in Virginia in 1640
  • Sarah Barnaby, who landed in Virginia in 1640 [6]
  • Sara Barnaby, who landed in Virginia in 1651 [6]
  • Mary Barnaby, who landed in Maryland in 1665 [6]
  • Rebecca Barnaby, who arrived in Maryland in 1665 [6]
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Australia Barnaby migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Barnaby Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Barnaby, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [7]
  • Mr. Nathaniel Barnaby, English convict who was convicted in Maidstone, Kent, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Emerald Isle" on 28th June 1843, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [8]
  • Henry Barnaby, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on March 6, 1848, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [9]

New Zealand Barnaby migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Barnaby Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Barnaby, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "William Watson" in 1859
  • Frederick Barnaby, aged 18, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874
  • Miss Alice Barnaby, (b. 1861), aged 22, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Westland" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 3rd October 1883 [10]

Contemporary Notables of the name Barnaby (post 1700) +

  • Sir Nathaniel Barnaby KCB (1829-1915), English Chief Constructor of the Royal Navy (1872 to 1885) from Chatham, Kent
  • Jeff Barnaby (1976-2022), Canadian film director, writer, composer, and film editor, known for Rhymes for Young Ghouls and Blood Quantum
  • Daundre Barnaby (1990-2015), Jamaica-born, Canadian track runner in the 400 m at the 2012 Summer Olympics who died while swimming in the ocean at a training camp in Saint Kitts
  • George Barnaby (1975-1976), Canadian politician, MLA for Mackenzie Great Bear
  • Matthew Barnaby (b. 1973), Canadian retired professional NHL ice hockey right winger from Aylmer, Quebec
  • Skelton Barnaby Knaggs (1911-1955), English stage actor who also appeared in horror films
  • Martin Barnaby Madden (1855-1928), American Republican politician, Member Chicago City Council, 1889-97; U.S. Representative from Illinois 1st District, 1905-28 [11]
  • Maria Barnaby Greenwald, American Democratic Party politician, Mayor of Cherry Hill Township, New Jersey, 1984-85; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1988 [12]
  • Mr. Barnaby Wartnaby, British sheriff, held the joint position of Sheriff of Nottingham, England from 1652 to 1653
  • Barnaby Joyce (b. 1967), Australian politician, Deputy Prime Minister of Australia (2017-2018), 13th Leader of the National Party (2016-2018)

The Barnaby 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.

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  8. Convict Records Voyages to Australia. Retrieved 25th March 2022 from
  9. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anna Maria voyage to Van Diemen's Land or Port Phillip, Australia in 1848 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from
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