as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1279 when Thomas de Bernecot from Deven branched to
and held estates.
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in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Barnecutt have been found, including Barnicutt, Barnicott, Barnicot, Barnicoat, Barnicote, Barnecut, Barnecutt, Barnycott, Barneycott, Barricutt and many more.
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Barnecutt, or a variant listed above: Alfred H. Barnicoat, aged 31, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Cardiff, Wales
, in 1922; Clara R. Barnicoat, aged 33, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Tregony, Cornwall
, in 1906.