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The surname is one of the Anglo-Norman surnames that came to Ireland in the 12th century. Ireland already had an established system of hereditary surnames, often the two traditions blended together quite well, but the incoming Anglo- Normans also brought with them local surnames, such as Barnwell. Local names were taken from the names of a place or a geographical feature where the person lived, held land, or was born, some from places in Normandy, or more typically, from England. Originally, the place names were prefixed by de, which means from in French. This type of prefix was eventually either made a part of the surname if the place name began with a vowel or was eliminated entirely. The Barnwell family appears to have originally lived in either of the settlements called Barnwell in the English counties of Cambridge and Northumberland. The Gaelic form of the surname Barnwell is de Bearnabhal.

Barnwell Early Origins



The surname Barnwell was first found in County Meath at Crickstown Castle. "De Bernvale, accompanied William the Conqueror to England in 1066. He came from Lower Brittany, and was allied to the dukes of that province" [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Another source is more specific: "Sir Michael de Berneval, a scion of the family founded by the Norman knight, joined the English expedition fitted out against Ireland and affected a descent upon Beerhaven in the co. of Cork. " [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.

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Barnwell Spelling Variations


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Barnwell Spelling Variations



During the lifetime of an individual person, his name was often spelt by church officials and medieval scribes the way it sounded. An examination of the many different origins of each name has revealed many spelling variations for the name: Barnewall, Barnwall, Barnwill, Barnewill, Barnewell, Barnewelle, Barnwelle, Barnwell, Bernwell, Barneville and many more.

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Barnwell Early History


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Barnwell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barnwell research. Another 143 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1646, 1640, 1534, 1538, 1704, 1779, 1779, 1842, 1500, 1552, 1522, 1575, 1592 and 1663 are included under the topic Early Barnwell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Barnwell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Barnwell Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family up to this time was John Barnewall, 3rd Baron Trimlestown (1534-1538); Robert Barnewall, 12th Baron Trimlestown (c.1704-1779), a prominent Anglo-Irish landowner, active in the Roman Catholic cause...

Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Barnwell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Barnwell In Ireland


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Barnwell In Ireland



Some of the Barnwell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 217 words (16 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



In the mid-19th century, Ireland experienced one of the worst periods in its entire history. During this decade in order to ease the pressure of the soil, which was actually depleted by the effects of the previous years' grain crops, landowners forced tenant farmers and peasants onto tiny plots of land that barely provided the basic sustenance a family required. Conditions were worsened, though, by the population of the country, which was growing fast to roughly eight million. So when the Great Potato Famine of the mid-1840s hit, starvation and diseases decimated the population. Thousands of Irish families left the country for British North America and the United States. The new immigrants were often accommodated either in the opening western frontiers or as cheap unskilled labor in the established centers. In early passenger and immigration lists there are many immigrants bearing the name Barnwell:

Barnwell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Barnwell, who landed in Virginia in 1663
  • Peter Barnwell, who arrived in Maryland in 1671
  • Charles Barnwell, who landed in Maryland in 1671

Barnwell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Barnwell, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1700
  • John Barnwell arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1798

Barnwell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mr. Barnwell, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1821
  • Thomas Barnwell landed in New York state in 1823
  • I M Barnwell, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

Barnwell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Keragon Barnwell arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Stebonheath" in 1850

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Contemporary Notables of the name Barnwell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Barnwell (post 1700)



  • Brigadier-General Charles Heyward Jr. Barnwell (1894-1987), American Inspector-General US Army Forces Far East (1943-1945)
  • Tim Barnwell, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 26th District, 2006
  • Ronald Barnwell Sr., American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1996
  • Robert Woodward Barnwell (1801-1882), American Democrat politician, Member of South Carolina State House of Representatives, 1826-28; U.S. Representative from South Carolina 2nd District, 1829-33
  • Robert Gibbes Barnwell (d. 1899), American politician, U.S. Consul in Amsterdam, 1853-61
  • Robert Barnwell (1761-1814), American politician, U.S. Representative from South Carolina at-large, 1791-93; Member of South Carolina State House of Representatives, 1795-97; Member of South Carolina State Senate, 1805-06
  • Richard B. Barnwell, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1964
  • N. B. Barnwell, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1924
  • David Monroe Barnwell (1875-1935), American Democrat politician, Fresno County Clerk, 1910-33; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1932
  • Robert Woodward Barnwell (1801-1882), American planter, lawyer, and educator from South Carolina
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Malo mori quam foedari
Motto Translation: I would rather die than be disgraced.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
  4. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
  5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  8. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
  9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  11. ...

The Barnwell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Barnwell 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.

This page was last modified on 15 January 2016 at 13:12.

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