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The present generation of the Barnett family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived on or near land cleared for cultivation by burning off the forest.

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The surname Barnett was first found in Lancashire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Barnett include Barnett, Barnette, Barnet and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barnett research. Another 237 words (17 lines of text) covering the year 1400 is included under the topic Early Barnett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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

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Some of the Barnett family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 160 words (11 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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Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Barnett were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Barnett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Barnett who settled in Virginia in 1620
  • John Barnett, who landed in America in 1624
  • Jo Barnett, aged 20, arrived in Barbados in 1635
  • Nich Barnett, who landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Rich Barnett, who landed in Virginia in 1635
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Barnett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Sara Barnett, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • Francis Barnett, who arrived in Virginia in 1712
  • William Barnett, who landed in America in 1736

Barnett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Margaret Barnett, aged 34, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Jane Barnett, aged 12, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Andrew Barnett, aged 24, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Annabelle Barnett, aged 20, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Annabella Barnett, aged 20, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803
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Barnett Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Barnett arrived in Newfoundland in 1816
  • Albert Barnett, who arrived in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862
  • B Barnett, who landed in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862
  • George Barnett, who landed in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862
  • Hariett Barnett, who arrived in Esquimalt British Columbia in 1862

Barnett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Barnett, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • Henry Barnett, a glazier, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • William Barnett, a bricklayer, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Hiam Barnett, English convict from Bristol, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • James Barnett, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia
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Barnett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Lewis Barnett landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842
  • William Barnett landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Thomas Harrison
  • William Barnett, aged 33, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • Charlotte Barnett, aged 34, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • William Barnett, aged 4, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
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  • Frank Elliott Barnett (b. 1933), American diplomat, 49th Governor of American Samoa (1976-1977)
  • Brigadier-General James Washington Barnett (1892-1983), American Commanding General US Army Forces New Caledonia (1945)
  • Major-General Allison Joseph Barnett (1892-1971), American Commanding General 94th Division, North-West Europe (1945-1946)
  • Bryan K. Barnett, American politician, Mayor of Rochester Hills, Michigan; Elected 2011
  • Brian David Barnett, American Republican politician, Candidate for Montana State House of Representatives 99th District, 2010
  • Brian Barnett, American politician, Independent Candidate for Presidential Elector for Arkansas, 2008
  • Bob Barnett, American Republican politician, Chair of Kingfisher County Republican Party, 2014
  • Bill Barnett, American politician, Mayor of Naples, Florida, 2009
  • Bethany M. Barnett, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 2008
  • Barbara K. Barnett, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 2012
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Barnett Historic Events



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  • Mr. Ivor G Barnett (b. 1923), Welsh Stoker 2nd Class serving for the Royal Navy from Tirphil, Glamorgan, Wales, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
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Citations



    Other References

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    2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    6. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    10. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
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