Show ContentsBarne History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Irish name Barne was originally written in a Gaelic form as O Birn or O Beirn, from the Norse forename Bjorn.

Early Origins of the Barne family

The surname Barne was first found in Connacht (Irish: Connachta, (land of the) descendants of Conn), where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Barne family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barne research. Another 162 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1747, 1748, 1789, 1812, 1823, 1850, 1853 and 1887 are included under the topic Early Barne History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Barne Spelling Variations

People who were accounted for by scribes and church officials often had their name recorded many different ways because pronunciation was the only guide those scribes and church officials had to go by. This resulted in the problem of one person's name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Barne that are preserved in archival documents are Bierne, O'Bierne, Biern, O'Biern, Beirne, O'Beirne, Beirn, O'Beirn, Birn, O'Birn, Birne and many more.

Early Notables of the Barne family

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United States Barne migration to the United States +

A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North America. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Barne name:

Barne Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edward Barne, who arrived in Virginia in 1679 [1]
Barne Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J. P. Barne, aged 27, who arrived in New York aboard the ship "Howard" in 1822 [2]
  • Cath Barne, aged 19, who arrived in New York aboard the ship "City of Manchester" in 1840 [2]
  • Biddy Barne, aged 13, who arrived in New York aboard the ship "Sardinia" in 1847 [2]
  • Bridget Barne, aged 30, who arrived in New York aboard the ship "Loodianah" in 1849 [2]
  • Peter Barne, aged 40, who arrived in New York aboard the ship "Loodianah" in 1849 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Barne migration to Australia +

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

Barne Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Barne, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indian" in 1849 [3]
  • William Barne, who arrived in Melbourne, Australia aboard the ship "Helen Lindsay" in 1854 [4]
Barne Settlers in Australia in the 20th Century
  • H. C. Barne, who arrived in Melbourne, Australia aboard the ship "Opawa" in 1916 [4]

West Indies Barne migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [5]
Barne Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Mr. Robert Barne, aged 33 who arrived in St. Kitts (St Christopher) aboard the ship "Amity" in 1635 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Barne (post 1700) +

  • Snowdon Barne (1756-1825), lawyer and a British Member of Parliament, who represented the Dunwich seat from 1796 to 1812
  • Michael Barne (1877-1961), officer of the 1901-04 Discovery Expedition
  • Lieutenant-Colonel Michael Barne (1759-1837), British military officer and a Member of Parliament for Dunwich between 1812 and 1830
  • Miles Barne (1746-1825), British Member of Parliament for Dunwich, a Pocket Borough in the county of Suffolk, between 1791 and 1796 and High Sheriff of Suffolk from 1790 to 1791
  • Miles Barne (1718-1780), English land-owner and a Member of Parliament for Dunwich between 1747 and 1754, and again between 1764 and 1777
  • Marion Catherine "Kitty" Barne (1882-1961), British screenwriter and author of children's books, especially on music and musical themes
  • Sir George Barne (1532-1593), prominent merchant and public official from London during the reign of Elizabeth I
  • George Dunsford Barne (1879-1954), CIE, OBE, was a Jamaican-born British Anglican priest who was Bishop of Lahore between 1932 and 1949
  • Frederick St John Newdigate Barne (1842-1898), British army officer and a Conservative politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1876 to 1885
  • Frederick Barne (1805-1886), English landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1830 to 1832


  1. 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)
  2. Ellis Island Search retrieved 15th November 2022. Retrieved from https://heritage.statueofliberty.org/passenger-result
  3. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The INDIAN 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Indian.htm
  4. Public Record Office Victoria retrieved 15th November 2022. Retrieved fromhttps://prov.vic.gov.au
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies


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