Barnston History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Barnston family

The surname Barnston was first found in Suffolk at Barnardiston, a parish, in the union and hundred of Risbridge. "This parish, which comprises by computation 1500 acres, was originally the seat of, and gave name to, the family of Barnardiston, long resident in the adjoining parish of Kedington." [1]

At one time the family held estates and a family seat in Kedington (or Ketton) in Essex. Kedlington Hall which is located there "was for many generations the residence of the Barnardiston family." [1]

Important Dates for the Barnston family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barnston research. Another 114 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1535, 1501, 1578, 1588, 1653, 1588, 1618, 1669, 1641, 1620, 1707, 1666 and 1667 are included under the topic Early Barnston History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Barnston Spelling Variations

Barnston has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Barnariston, Barnardeston, Barnardston, Bernardston, Bernardeston, Barneston, Barniston, Barmston, Bernardiston and many more.

Early Notables of the Barnston family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Sir Thomas Barneston who was made a Knight of the Sword in 1501 at the marriage of Prince Arthur. Sir Thomas Bernardeston was knighted in 1578. Sir Nathaniel Barnardiston (1588-1653), was an English Puritan and opponent of the government of Charles I. He was "descended from an ancient Suffolk family which took its name from the little village of Barnardiston, or Barnston, near Ketton, or Kedington, where its chief estates lay. The family pedigree goes back to the time of Richard I, and the line of...
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Barnston migration to the United States

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Barnstons to arrive on North American shores:

Barnston Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alfred Barnston, aged 4, who landed in America, in 1920
  • Henry Barnston, aged 52, who settled in America, in 1920
  • Ruth Barnston, aged 31, who landed in America, in 1920

Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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