Barnes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient name Barnes is a Norman name that would have been developed in England after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. This name was a name given to a small child. The surname springs from the middle English bairn, of the same meaning. [1] [2]

Early Origins of the Barnes family

The surname Barnes was first found in Surrey at Barnes, a parish, in the union of Richmond, W. division of the hundred of Brixton. [3] This parish was originally listed as Berne [4] in the Domesday Book of 1086.

According to the Saxon Chronicle, Siward Barn was the patriot rebel against William the Conqueror. [5] After that early listing, one of the first records of the name was found in Surrey as Philip de Bernes. [6]

Other early records include: Henry de le Berne in Norfolk; Richard de la Berne in Kent; and William de la Berne in Dorset, all listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. [1] William Bernes was listed in the Assize Rolls of Cheshire in 1380 and Joan Barnes was also listed in Cheshire in 1450. [6]

Early Scottish sources revealed that the name was from "Barnes in the parish of Premnay, Aberdeenshire" [7] where the first record was found in the 15th century as Robert of Bernis, a goldsmith in 1465. [7]

Early History of the Barnes family

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Barnes Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Barnes were recorded, including Barnes, Barns, Barnis, Bernys, Barness and others.

Early Notables of the Barnes family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Robert Barnes (1495-1540), English Protestant divine and martyr, a Norfolk man, born in the neighbourhood of Lynn. "Barnes and his two companions, as heretics, were committed to the flames." [8] Richard Barnes (1532-1587), Bishop of Durham, born at Bould, near Warrington, in Lancashire, son of John Barnes and Agnes Saunderson, his wife. His son, Barnabe Barnes (1569?-1609), English poet, born in Yorkshire...
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Barnes World Ranking

In the United States, the name Barnes is the 79th most popular surname with an estimated 241,239 people with that name. [9] However, in Canada, the name Barnes is ranked the 335th most popular surname with an estimated 13,622 people with that name. [10] And in Newfoundland, Canada, the name Barnes is the 35th popular surname with an estimated 613 people with that name. [11] Australia ranks Barnes as 98th with 26,001 people. [12] New Zealand ranks Barnes as 161st with 3,203 people. [13] The United Kingdom ranks Barnes as 93rd with 50,285 people. [14] South Africa ranks Barnes as 849th with 8,208 people. [15]

Ireland Migration of the Barnes family to Ireland

Some of the Barnes family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Barnes migration to the United States +

The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Barnes arrived in North America very early:

Barnes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Barnes, who settled in Virginia in 1608
  • Phillip Barnes, who landed in Virginia in 1622 [16]
  • Edward Barnes, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Joshua Barnes, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1632 [16]
  • Launcelot Barnes, who landed in Virginia in 1632 [16]
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Barnes Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Abraham Barnes, who arrived in Maryland in 1700 [16]
  • Abraham Barnes, who arrived in Maryland in 1700
  • Sara Barnes, who arrived in Virginia in 1704 [16]
  • Elias Barnes, who arrived in New England in 1750 [16]
  • Conradt Barnes, who landed in New York in 1763 [16]
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Barnes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Nancy Barnes, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1803 [16]
  • Arthur Barnes, who landed in New York, NY in 1812 [16]
  • Samuel Barnes, who landed in America in 1812 [16]
  • Soloman Barnes, aged 20, who arrived in America in 1822 [16]
  • Romana Barnes, aged 10, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1831 [16]
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Canada Barnes migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Barnes Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Barnes, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Mr. Thomas Barnes U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 [17]
  • Mr. Robert Barnes, "Burns" U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1783 he was a member of the Cape Ann Association [17]
  • Ephraim Barnes, who arrived in Quebec in 1793 with his wife and four children
Barnes Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Barnes, who landed in Newfoundland in 1811, today there is a Barnes Island in Newfoundland [18]
  • Hiram Barnes, who landed in Canada in 1832
  • Mr. Jean Barnes, aged 30 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Eliza Caroline" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in June 1847 [19]
  • Mrs. Judy Barnes, aged 30 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Wellington" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in October 1847 [19]
  • Mr. Robert Barnes, aged 7 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Eliza Caroline" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in June 1847 [19]
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Australia Barnes migration to Australia +

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

Barnes Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Francis Barnes, British convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for life, transported aboard the "Calcutta" in February 1803, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, the settlement was listed as abandoned and most of the convicts transported to Tasmania on the "Queen" in 1804 [20]
  • Mr. Edward Barnes, Irish convict who was convicted in Dublin, Ireland for life, transported aboard the "Boyd" on 10th March 1809, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [21]
  • William Barnes, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [22]
  • Miss Elizabeth Barnes, (b. 1791), aged 22, Irish convict who was convicted in Dublin, Ireland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Catherine" on 8th December 1813, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [23]
  • Miss Catherine Barnes, (b. 1774), aged 40, English servant who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for 7 years for larceny, transported aboard the "Broxbournebury" in January 1814, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [24]
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Barnes Settlers in Australia in the 20th Century
  • Mr. Edward Barnes, (b. 1855), aged 45, Cornish seaman who immigrated to New South Wales, Australia aboard the ship "James Nesmith" in convicted at Maitland Gaol on 23rd April 1900 [25]

New Zealand Barnes 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:

Barnes Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Barnes, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Richard A Barnes, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Martha Ridgway
  • Mr. R.B. Barnes, British settler travelling from England aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 14th November 1840 [26]
  • William Barnes, aged 36, a blacksmith, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841 [27]
  • Harriet Barnes, aged 36, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841 [27]
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West Indies Barnes 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. [28]
Barnes Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Giles Barnes, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 [16]
  • Tho Barnes, who landed in St Christopher in 1635 [16]
  • William Barnes, aged 17, who landed in Barbados in 1635 [16]
  • Mr. Giles Barnes, (b. 1616), aged 19, British settler travelling from London, England aboard the ship "Anne and Elizabeth" arriving in Barbados in 1635 [29]
  • Mr. William Barnes, (b. 1618), aged 17, British settler travelling from London, England aboard the ship "Anne and Elizabeth" arriving in Barbados in 1635 [29]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Barnes (post 1700) +

  • Erich Theodore Barnes (1935-2022), American NFL football defensive back, a six-time Pro Bowler (1958-1971)
  • Joanna Barnes (1934-2022), American Golden Globe nominated actress and writer, known for her roles on 77 Sunset Strip, Maverick, CBS's Have Gun-Will Travel, and many more
  • Peter J. Barnes III (1956-2021), American Democratic Party politician, Member of the New Jersey Senate (2014-2016)
  • Wallace Barnes (1926-2020), American Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Barnes Group, Inc
  • Robert "Bootsie" Barnes (1937-1938), American jazz tenor saxophonist from Philadelphia
  • Lucy Barnes (1780-1809), American writer; her book The Female Christian is thought to have been the first written by a woman in defense of Universalism
  • Tom Barnes (1946-2016), American journalist
  • Allan Curtis Barnes (1949-2016), American jazz musician
  • Brenda Czajka Barnes (1953-2017), American businesswoman, CEO of Sara Lee, the first female CEO at PepsiCo
  • Henson Perrymoore Barnes (1934-2015), American politician, businessman, and lawyer, Member of the North Carolina Senate (1977-1992)
  • ... (Another 299 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Walter J Barnes (b. 1922), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Cheham, Buckinghamshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [30]
  • Mr. Thomas G Barnes (b. 1922), English Stoker Petty Officer serving for the Royal Navy from Epson, Surrey, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [30]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Victor Thomas Barnes, English Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [31]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Thomas Barnes, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [32]
  • Mr. Norman Barnes, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [32]
  • Mr. Frank R Barnes, British Electrical Artificer 4th Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [32]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Henry Wights Barnes -Moss (1922-1939), born in Largs, Ayrshire, Scotland, Scottish Boy 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [33]
Pemberton Mill
  • Miss Phoebe Barnes, factory worker in the Pemberton Mill on 10th January 1860 when the mill collapsed trapping 900 workers as rescue attempts continued into the night, an oil lantern was knocked over further engulfing the trapped workers in fire, she was confined in the debris but escaped to survive
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. William Barnes, English 1st Class Cabin Bed Steward from New Brighton, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [34]
  • Mr. Allen Byron Barnes, Canadian 1st Class Passenger from Berlin, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [34]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Frederick Charles Barnes (d. 1912), aged 37, English Baker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was believed to recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett [35]
  • Mr. Charles Barnes (d. 1912), aged 29, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [35]
  • Mr. John Barnes (d. 1912), aged 41, English Fireman/Stoker from Woolston, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [35]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Delmar Hayes Barnes, American Lieutenant Junior Grade from California, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [36]
  • Mr. Charles Edward Barnes, American Yeoman Third Class from Missouri, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [36]


Suggested Readings for the name Barnes +

  • Barnes and Related Families, Past and Present by Raymond Curtis Barnes.
  • Barnes Families of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, 1858-1909 by Marjorie Barnes Thompson.
  • The Westward Migration of One Line of the Descendants of Thomas Barnes of Hartford and Farmington,Connecticut by Clair Elmer Barnes.

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