Barnardston History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Barnardston family
The surname Barnardston was first found in Suffolk at Barnardiston, a parish, in the union and hundred of Risbridge. "This parish, which comprises by computation 1500 acres, was originally the seat of, and gave name to, the family of Barnardiston, long resident in the adjoining parish of Kedington." 
At one time the family held estates and a family seat in Kedington (or Ketton) in Essex. Kedlington Hall which is located there "was for many generations the residence of the Barnardiston family." 
Important Dates for the Barnardston family
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Barnardston Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Barnardston include Barnariston, Barnardeston, Barnardston, Bernardston, Bernardeston, Barneston, Barniston, Barmston, Bernardiston and many more.
Early Notables of the Barnardston family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir Thomas Barneston who was made a Knight of the Sword in 1501 at the marriage of Prince Arthur. Sir Thomas Bernardeston was knighted in 1578.
Sir Nathaniel Barnardiston (1588-1653), was an English Puritan and opponent of the government of Charles I. He was "descended from an ancient Suffolk family which took its name from the little village of Barnardiston, or Barnston, near Ketton, or Kedington, where its chief estates lay. The family pedigree goes back to the time of Richard I, and the line of...
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Barnardston migration to the United States
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Barnardston or a variant listed above:
Barnardston Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Katharine Barnardston, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1639 
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ 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)