Barnis History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Soon after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, the name Barnis was recognized on the island as a name for a small child. The surname springs from the middle English bairn, of the same meaning.  
Early Origins of the Barnis family
The surname Barnis was first found in Surrey at Barnes, a parish, in the union of Richmond, W. division of the hundred of Brixton.  This parish was originally listed as Berne  in the Domesday Book of 1086.
According to the Saxon Chronicle, Siward Barn was the patriot rebel against William the Conqueror.  After that early listing, one of the first records of the name was found in Surrey as Philip de Bernes. 
Other early records include: Henry de le Berne in Norfolk; Richard de la Berne in Kent; and William de la Berne in Dorset, all listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273.  William Bernes was listed in the Assize Rolls of Cheshire in 1380 and Joan Barnes was also listed in Cheshire in 1450. 
Early Scottish sources revealed that the name was from "Barnes in the parish of Premnay, Aberdeenshire"  where the first record was found in the 15th century as Robert of Bernis, a goldsmith in 1465. 
Early History of the Barnis family
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Barnis Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Barnes, Barns, Barnis, Bernys, Barness and others.
Early Notables of the Barnis family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Robert Barnes (1495-1540), English Protestant divine and martyr, a Norfolk man, born in the neighbourhood of Lynn. "Barnes and his two companions, as heretics, were committed to the flames." 
Richard Barnes (1532-1587), Bishop of Durham, born at Bould, near Warrington, in Lancashire, son of John Barnes and Agnes Saunderson, his wife.
His son, Barnabe Barnes (1569?-1609), English poet, born in Yorkshire...
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Migration of the Barnis family to Ireland
Some of the Barnis family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Barnis family
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Barnis or a variant listed above: Robert Barnes, who came to Virginia in 1608; Barnaby Barnes who settled in Virginia in 1635. Also settling in Virginia were, Charles Barnes in 1653; Dorothy Barnes in 1653.
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