Barnham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Barnham first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in the parish named Barnham in Hampshire. Further research showed the name was derived from the Old English words beorg, meaning hill, and ham, meaning homestead.

Early Origins of the Barnham family

The surname Barnham was first found in Hampshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Southwick, some say, from the time of the Norman Conquest of England by Duke William of Normandy at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Barnham family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barnham research. Another 112 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1630, 1575, 1570, 1559, 1598, 1576, 1646, 1604, 1646, 1592, 1650, 1613, 1675, 1659, 1660, 1606, 1685 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Barnham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Barnham Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Barnham has appeared include Barnham, Barnhum, Barnum, Barnam, Barnhem, Barnem and others.

Early Notables of the Barnham family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Sir Martin Barnham of Kent; Francis Barnham (died 1575), English draper, alderman and Sheriff of London in 1570; and his son, Benedict Barnham (1559-1598), London merchant, alderman and Sheriff of London; Sir Francis Barnham (1576-1646), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1604 and 1646, supporter...
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United States Barnham migration to the United States +

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Barnham arrived in North America very early:

Barnham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Mary Barnham, who arrived in Virginia in 1657 [1]
  • Frank Barnham, who landed in Maryland in 1663 [1]
  • Thomas Barnham, who arrived in Fairfield, Connecticut in 1663 [1]
  • Robert Barnham, who landed in Virginia in 1664 [1]
Barnham Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Barnham who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1785
Barnham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • C C Barnham, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]

Australia Barnham migration to Australia +

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

Barnham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Catherine Barnham, (b. 1791), aged 42, English convict who was convicted in Norwich, Norfolk, England for 14 years for larceny, transported aboard the "Buffalo" on 4th May 1833, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Barnham (post 1700) +

  • Danny Barnham, English actor, best known for his roles on The Eastenders (2010)


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 3rd November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/buffalo


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