Barnet History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Barnet date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Barnet family lived on or near land cleared for cultivation by burning off the forest.

Early Origins of the Barnet family

The surname Barnet was first found in Herefordshire at Chipping Barnet, a parish, town, and the head of a union, in the hundred of Cashio. "This place, called also High Barnet, from its situation on the summit of a hill, derives its distinguishing name from the privilege granted to the monks of St. Alban's, of holding a market here. On April 5th, 1471, the decisive battle which terminated in the defeat and death of the Earl of Warwick, and established Edward IV. on the throne, took place on Gladmore Heath, a mile north-west of the town." [1]

Barnet by the Wold is a parish, in the union of Glandford-Brigg, S. division of the wapentake of Yarborough, parts of Lindsey, Lincolnshire, East Barnet is a parish, in the union of Barnet, hundred of Cashio, Herefordshire and Fryern Barnet is a parish, in the union of Barnet, Finsbury division of the hundred of Ossulstone, county of Middlesex. "It is supposed that an abbey anciently existed here from which the place obtained the prefix to its name, and that the old manor-house, now taken down, was the summer residence of the abbots. " [1]

One of the earliest records of the family was John Barnet (d. 1373), an English bishop successively of Worcester, Bath and Wells, and Ely, and was chaplain to Thomas Lisle. [2]

Important Dates for the Barnet family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barnet research. Another 63 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1400 and are included under the topic Early Barnet History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Barnet Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Barnet are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Barnet include: Barnett, Barnette, Barnet and others.

Early Notables of the Barnet family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Barnet family to Ireland

Some of the Barnet family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 71 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Barnet migration to the United States

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Barnet or a variant listed above:

Barnet Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jo Barnet, aged 20, settled in Barbados in 1635
  • Jo Barnet, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 [3]
  • Julian Barnet, who landed in Maryland in 1639 [3]
  • Thomas Barnet, who landed in Salisbury, Massachusetts in 1640 [3]
  • Mary Barnet, who arrived in Maryland in 1660 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Barnet Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Margaret Barnet, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [3]
  • Amedee Gaston Barnet, aged 21, who landed in Louisiana in 1719 [3]
  • William Barnet, who landed in America in 1736 [3]
Barnet Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Edward Barnet, who arrived in America in 1806 [3]
  • Elias Barnet, aged 45, who arrived in New York in 1812 [3]
  • David Barnet, aged 50, who landed in New York in 1812 [3]
  • William Barnet, aged 22, who landed in Maryland in 1813 [3]
  • Edward Barnet, who settled in Barbados in 1660 and Mrs. Barnet, aged 50, settled in New York in 1820
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Barnet migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Barnet Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Andrew Barnet, who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland at Lower Road in 1780 [4]
Barnet Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • William Barnet, who settled in Harbour Grace in 1821, there is a Barnet Island in Newfoundland [4]
  • Jane Barnet, aged 36, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Eleanor Gordon" in 1834
  • Isabella Barnet, aged 43, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Eleanor Gordon" in 1834
  • Robert Barnet, aged 12, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Eleanor Gordon" in 1834
  • Andrew Barnet, aged 12, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Eleanor Gordon" in 1834
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Barnet migration to Australia

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

Barnet Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Eliza Barnet, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1849 [5]
  • Benjamin Barnet, aged 21, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Constance" [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Barnet (post 1700)

  • Sylvan Saul Barnet (1926-2016), American literary critic and Shakespearean scholar
  • Charlie Barnet (1913-1991), American Jazz musician
  • Richard Jackson Barnet (1929-2004), American scholar-activist
  • Melvin L. Barnet (d. 1998), American copy editor for The New York Times from 1953-1955
  • Robert L. Barnet, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 1st District, 1920 [7]
  • Isaac Cox Barnet (d. 1833), American politician, U.S. Consul in Bordeaux, 1799-1801; Antwerp, 1802-03 [7]
  • Hugo L. Barnet, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1988 [7]
  • David Barnet, American politician, Delegate to Ohio State Constitutional Convention from Preble County, 1850-51; Delegate to Ohio State Constitutional Convention from Preble County, 1873 [7]
  • Charles Barnet, American politician, U.S. Consul in Antwerp, 1825-29; Venice, 1830-34; Genoa, 1834-37 [7]
  • Nahum Barnet (1855-1931), Australian architect
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Barnet family

Bismarck
  • Ernst Barnet (1914-1941), German Matrosenobergefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [8]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. William L Barnet (b. 1903), Scottish Cook (O) serving for the Royal Navy from Granton, Midlothian, Scotland, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [9]

Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SIR CHARLES FORBES originally CHARLES FORBES 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849SirCharlesForbes.gif
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTANCE 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Constance.htm
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details
  9. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
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