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The ancestors of the name Barnum date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Barnum family 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.

Barnum Early Origins



The surname Barnum 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.

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Barnum Spelling Variations


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Barnum Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Barnum are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Barnum include: Barnham, Barnhum, Barnum, Barnam, Barnhem, Barnem and others.

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Barnum Early History


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Barnum Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barnum research. Another 223 words (16 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 Barnum History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Barnum Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Barnum Early Notables (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...

Another 61 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Barnum Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Barnum or a variant listed above:

Barnum Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Barnum, who arrived in Fairfield, Conn in 1663

Barnum Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Roger Barnum, who landed in Virginia in 1703

Barnum Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • A J Barnum, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • E M Barnum, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • J Barnum, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Fred William Barnum, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1855
  • E W Barnum, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1860
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Barnum Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Edward Barnum, who emigrated to the United States, in 1903
  • C. C. Barnum, who landed in America, in 1903
  • David Barnum, aged 54, who landed in America, in 1904
  • Frank Barnum, aged 48, who settled in America, in 1905
  • G. C. Barnum, who landed in America, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Barnum Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Nathaniel Barnum U.E. who settled in Home District, [Niagara], Lincoln County, Ontario c. 1783 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Ensign Nathan Bunnell Barnum, "Barnham" U.E. (b. 1739) born in New Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA from Long Island, New York, USA who settled in Nova Scotia in 1783 before moving to New Brunswick in 1785, then Kentish Town, England in 1788, then back to Long Point Bay, Upper Canada, Ontario in 1793 enlisted in 1776 he served in Major General Phineas Lymans and Colonel George Wightmans regiments he was also in the 3rd Battalion of Brigadier General Oliver DeLancey's Brigade, Colonel Ludlow's Regiment, he died in 1795 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Barnum Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Charles Barnum arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Canute" in 1867

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Contemporary Notables of the name Barnum (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Barnum (post 1700)



  • Henry Alanson Barnum (1883-1892), United States Civil War general from New York, recipient of the Medal of Honor
  • Hidle Brown "H. B." Barnum (b. 1936), American pianist, arranger, record producer, songwriter, and former child actor
  • Phineas Taylor "P. T." Barnum (1810-1891), American showman, founder of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
  • David Barnum, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from New Fairfield, 1829
  • Diane Kemp Barnum, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives 81st District, 1974
  • Eugene E. Barnum, American politician, Representative from New York 31st District, 1888
  • Ezra C. Barnum (1850-1928), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State Senate 29th District, 1895-98
  • F. S. Barnum, American Republican politician, Mayor of Adrian, Michigan; Elected 1906
  • George S. Barnum, American politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly, 1860, 1864; Member of Wisconsin State Senate, 1865-66
  • Guy C. Barnum, American politician, Delegate to Nebraska State Constitutional Convention, 1864
  • ... (Another 26 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  4. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  5. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  6. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  9. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  10. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  11. ...

The Barnum Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Barnum Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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