tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived at or near the granary or barn in the valley. The first part of the surname Barnsdall is derived from the Old English word
which refers to a barn or granary house. The word barn itself was originally derived from the Old English words
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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 Barnsdall has appeared include Barnsdale, Barnesdale, Barndale and others.
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 Barnsdall arrived in North America very early: Christopher Barnsdale who settled in Virginia in 1642.