The ancient history of the Barnsdale name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided at or near the granary or barn in the valley. The first part of the surname Barnsdale is derived from the Old English word barn,
which refers to a barn or granary house. The word barn itself was originally derived from the Old English words bern,
which mean barley,
which means house.
The last portion of the name is derived from the Old English word doel,
which means valley or dale.
Early Origins of the Barnsdale family
The surname Barnsdale was first found in Yorkshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Barnsdale family
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Barnsdale Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Barnsdale include Barnsdale, Barnesdale, Barndale and others.
Early Notables of the Barnsdale family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Barnsdale family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled 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 ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Barnsdale or a variant listed above:
Barnsdale Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Christopher Barnsdale who settled in Virginia in 1642
Contemporary Notables of the name Barnsdale (post 1700)
- William Barnsdale, American politician, Mayor of Titusville, Pennsylvania, 1878-80 CITATION[CLOSE]
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