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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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
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Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)


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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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
This parish was originally listed as Berne [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
in the Domesday Book of 1086. According to the Saxon Chronicle, Siward Barn was the patriot rebel against William the Conqueror. [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
After that early listing, one of the first records of the name was found in Surrey as Philip de Bernes. [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
William Bernes was listed in the Assize Rolls of Cheshire in 1380 and Joan Barnes was also listed in Cheshire in 1450. [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Early Scottish sources revealed that the name was from "Barnes in the parish of Premnay, Aberdeenshire" [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
where the first record was found in the 15th century as Robert of Bernis, a goldsmith in 1465. [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barnes research. Another 259 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1200, 1661, 1627, 1710, 1654, 1712, 1675 and are included under the topic Early Barnes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Distinguished members of the family include Colonel James Barns of Kirkhill; John Barnes (died 1661), an English Benedictine monk, from Lancashire; Ambrose Barnes (1627-1710), an English nonconformist and Mayor of Newcastle; and...

Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Barnes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Barnes family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 135 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 came to Virginia in 1608
  • Phillip Barnes, who landed in Virginia in 1622
  • Edward Barnes arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Launcelot Barnes, who landed in Virginia in 1632
  • Joshua Barnes, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1632
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Barnes Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Abraham Barnes, who arrived in Maryland in 1700
  • Abraham Barnes arrived in Maryland in 1700
  • Sara Barnes, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
  • Elias Barnes, who arrived in New England in 1750
  • Conradt Barnes, who landed in New York in 1763
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Barnes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Nancy Barnes, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Arthur Barnes, who landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • Samuel Barnes, who landed in America in 1812
  • Soloman Barnes, aged 20, arrived in America in 1822
  • Romana Barnes, aged 10, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1831
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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 [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Robert Barnes, "Burns" U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1783 he was a member of the Cape Ann Association [9]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Ephraim Barnes arrived in Quebec in 1793 with his wife and four children

Barnes Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Barnes landed in Newfoundland in 1811, today there is a Barnes Island in Newfoundland
  • Hiram Barnes, who landed in Canada in 1832
  • Mr. Jean Barnes, aged 30 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Ile Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Eliza Caroline" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Ile in June 1847 [10]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E
  • Mrs. Judy Barnes, aged 30 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Ile Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Wellington" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Ile in October 1847 [11]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E
  • Mr. Robert Barnes, aged 7 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Ile Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Eliza Caroline" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Ile in June 1847 [12]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E

Barnes Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Barnes, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • James Barnes, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • William Barnes, English convict from Bedford, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • David Barnes, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Joseph Barnes, English convict from Essex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia
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Barnes Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Barnes landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Richard A Barnes landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Martha Ridgway
  • William Barnes, aged 36, a blacksmith, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841
  • Harriet Barnes, aged 36, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841
  • William Robert Barnes, aged 14, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841
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  • Allan Curtis Barnes (1949-2016), American jazz musician
  • Henson Perrymoore Barnes (1934-2015), American politician, businessman, and lawyer, Member of the North Carolina Senate (1977-1992)
  • Craig Barnes (1936-2015), American political author, journalist, known for his work with Rocky Mountain News and NPR
  • William Henry Barnes (1840-1866), Union Army soldier during the American Civil War, recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of Chaffin's Farm
  • Billy Barnes (1927-2012), American composer and lyricist from Los Angeles, California
  • Brigadier-General Harold Arthur Barnes (1887-1953), American Deputy Quartermaster-General (1943-1946)
  • Major-General Gladeon Marcus Barnes (1887-1961), American Chief of the Research & Development Service, Office of Ordnance (1946)
  • Lieutenant-General Earl Walter Barnes (1902-1979), American Chief of Staff, United Nations Command, Tokyo, Japan (1956-1957)
  • Major-General Julian Francis Barnes (1889-1961), American Commanding General 153rd Field Artillery Group (1946)
  • Priscilla Barnes (b. 1955), American actress known for her role as nurse Terri Alden on the television sitcom Three's Company
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Barnes Historic Events



HMS Hood

  • Mr. Walter J Barnes (b. 1922), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Cheham, Buckinghamshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Thomas G Barnes (b. 1922), English Stoker Petty Officer serving for the Royal Navy from Epson, Surrey, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Victor Thomas Barnes, English Marine from Ashton-under-Lyme, England, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Thomas Barnes, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Norman Barnes, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Frank R Barnes, British Electrical Artificer 4th Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

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
  • Mr. Allen Byron Barnes, Canadian 1st Class Passenger from Berlin, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

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
  • Mr. Charles Barnes (d. 1912), aged 29, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. John Barnes (d. 1912), aged 41, English Fireman/Stoker from Woolston, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
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  • 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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Citations



  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  5. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  6. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  7. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  8. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  9. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  10. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E
  11. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E
  12. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E

Other References

  1. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  2. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  8. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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The Barnes Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Barnes Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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