Barness History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The chronicles of the Barness family indicate that the name was first used by the Strathclyde Britons of the Scottish/English Borderlands. Barness is derived from the personal name Burnhouse, derived from the words burn, meaning "stream," and house, meaning a house.

Early Origins of the Barness family

The surname Barness was first found in Cumberland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Barness family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barness research. Another 138 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1495, and 1560 are included under the topic Early Barness History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Barness Spelling Variations

The many spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names result from the fact that scribes in that era spelled words according to sound. Translation too, was an undeveloped science, and many names were altered into complete obscurity. Over the years Barness has been spelled Burness, Burnes, Burnace, Burnice, Burnhouse, Burnshead, Burnish, Burnist, Bernis and many more.

Early Notables of the Barness family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Barness Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Barness family to Ireland

Some of the Barness family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Barness family

To escape the uncertainties and discrimination faced in Scotland, many decided to head out for North America. Once they arrived, many Scots fought with relish in the American War of Independence; some went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Many ancestors of these Scots have recovered their lost national heritage in the 20th century through Clan organizations and Scottish historical societies. Among the settlers to North America were: William Burnhouse settled in Virginia in 1623; Margaret Burness, who settled in East New Jersey in 1685; James Burness, who settled in America in 1815.

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