Barnett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Barnett family

The surname Barnett 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]

Early History of the Barnett family

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

Barnett Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Barnett family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Barnett family to Ireland

Some of the Barnett 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.


United States Barnett migration to the United States +

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 [3]
  • Jo Barnett, aged 20, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 [3]
  • Nich Barnett, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [3]
  • Rich Barnett, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Barnett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Sara Barnett, who landed in Virginia in 1705 [3]
  • Francis Barnett, who arrived in Virginia in 1712 [3]
  • William Barnett, who landed in America in 1736 [3]
Barnett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Margaret Barnett, aged 34, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803 [3]
  • Jane Barnett, aged 12, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803 [3]
  • Andrew Barnett, aged 24, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803 [3]
  • Annabelle Barnett, aged 20, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803 [3]
  • Annabella Barnett, aged 20, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Barnett migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Barnett Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Barnett, who arrived in Newfoundland in 1816 [4]
  • 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

Australia Barnett migration to Australia +

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

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, Australia [5]
  • Henry Barnett, a glazier, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • William Barnett, a bricklayer, who arrived in Van Diemen’s 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 [6]
  • James Barnett, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Barnett 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:

Barnett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Lewis Barnett, who landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842
  • William Barnett, who landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Thomas Harrison
  • William Barnett, aged 33, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • Charlotte Barnett, aged 34, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • William Barnett, aged 4, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Barnett (post 1700) +

  • 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) [8]
  • Major-General Allison Joseph Barnett (1892-1971), American Commanding General 94th Division, North-West Europe (1945-1946) [9]
  • Bryan K. Barnett, American politician, Mayor of Rochester Hills, Michigan; Elected 2011 [10]
  • Brian David Barnett, American Republican politician, Candidate for Montana State House of Representatives 99th District, 2010 [10]
  • Brian Barnett, American politician, Independent Candidate for Presidential Elector for Arkansas, 2008 [10]
  • Bob Barnett, American Republican politician, Chair of Kingfisher County Republican Party, 2014 [10]
  • Bill Barnett, American politician, Mayor of Naples, Florida, 2009 [10]
  • Bethany M. Barnett, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 2008 [10]
  • Barbara K. Barnett, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 2012 [10]
  • ... (Another 87 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Ivor G Barnett (b. 1923), Welsh Stoker 2nd Class serving for the Royal Navy from Tirphil, Glamorgan, Wales, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [11]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. William Thermon Barnett, American Seaman Second Class from Arkansas, 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 [12]


  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 Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1829 with 176 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1829
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Andromeda voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1832 with 186 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1832
  8. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 6) James Barnett. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Barnett/James_Washington/USA.html
  9. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 6) Allison Barnett. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Barnett/Allison_Joseph/USA.html
  10. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  11. ^ 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
  12. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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