Barr History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

It was in the Scottish/English Borderlands that the Strathclyde-Briton people first used the ancient name Barr. It was a name for someone who lived in Ayrshire, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages. It is generally thought to have been a habitational name, taken on from any of various place names in southwestern Scotland, in particular in Ayrshire and Renfrewshire. These place names derive from the Gaelic word barr, meaning "height," or "hill."

Early Origins of the Barr family

The surname Barr was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire. "The surname is most frequently found at the present day in the district around Glasgow, and is a common surname in the Kilbarchan Commissariot Record. Atkyn de Barr was bailie of Ayr c. 1340. John Bar or de Barre was burgess of Edinburgh in 1423." [1]

However, some of the family were first found further south at Tollerton in Nottinghamshire. "This place, which takes its name from Torlaston, one of its possessors before the Conquest, in the reign of Stephen became the manor of Radulphus Barre, with whose descendants it still remains." [2]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list Gunilda de la Barre in Hertfordshire and Philip de le Barre in Huntingdonshire. [3]

Richard Barre ( fl. 1170-1202), was an English ecclesiastic and judge who acted as the envoy of Henry II to the papal court, both shortly before and immediately after the murder of Thomas Becket. [4]

Important Dates for the Barr family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barr research. Another 124 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1590, 1551, 1554, 1565, 1600, 1612, 1686, 1600 and are included under the topic Early Barr History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Barr Spelling Variations

Scribes in Medieval Scotland spelled names by sound rather than any set of rules, so an enormous number of spelling variations exist in names of that era. Barr has been spelled Barr, Barre and others.

Early Notables of the Barr family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Barr family to Ireland

Some of the Barr family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 60 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Barr migration to the United States

The number of Strathclyde Clan families sailing for North America increased steadily as the persecution continued. In the colonies, they could find not only freedom from the iron hand of the English government, but land to settle on. The American War of Independence allowed many of these settlers to prove their independence, while some chose to go to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots played essential roles in the forging of both great nations. Among them:

Barr Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Roger Barr, who settled in Virginia in 1655
  • Roger Barr, who landed in Virginia in 1655 [5]
  • John Barr, who landed in Marblehead, Massachusetts in 1684 [5]
Barr Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Robert Barr, who settled in New England in 1718
  • Gabriel Barr, who settled in New Hampshire in 1720
  • Gabriel Barr, who arrived in New England in 1720 [5]
  • Samuel Barr, who landed in New England in 1720 [5]
  • John George Barr, who arrived in South Carolina in 1735 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Barr Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Barr, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1802 [5]
  • Jane Barr, who landed in America in 1805 [5]
  • Enos Barr, aged 36, who landed in Maine in 1812 [5]
  • Agnes Barr, who landed in Massachusetts in 1812 [5]
  • Eleanor Barr, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Barr migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Barr Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Sarah Barr, aged 21, who arrived in Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia in 1774
  • William Barr, who was a fisherman in Port de Grave, Newfoundland in 1775 [6]
Barr Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Peter Barr, aged 25, who landed in Canada in 1811
  • David Barr, aged 24, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Favourite" in 1815
  • Peter Barr, who arrived in Canada in 1820
  • Ira C Barr, who arrived in Canada in 1833
  • James Barr, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Barr migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Barr Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Barr, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Delhi" in 1839 [7]
  • Mary Barr, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Petrel" in 1851 [8]
  • William Barr, aged 20, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Dirigo" [9]
  • William Barr, aged 39, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "William Stevenson" [10]
  • Margaret Barr, aged 15, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "William Stevenson" [10]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Barr migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Barr Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Barr, who landed in Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • John Barr, aged 39, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • Jean Barr, aged 37, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • John Barr, aged 19, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • Arabella Barr, aged 16, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Barr (post 1700)

  • Harvey Scott Barr Jr. (1916-2015), American politician, Member of the Washington House of Representatives (1977-1983)
  • Major-General David Goodwin Barr (1895-1970), American Commanding General Armored Center Fort Knox (1951-1952) [11]
  • Cynthia Elizabeth Barr (b. 1971), American silver medalist swimmer at the 1988 Summer Olympics
  • Robert L Barr Jr. (b. 1948), American politician, member of the United States House of Representatives from Georgia (1995-2003)
  • Amelia Edith Barr (1831-1919), English-born, American author
  • Roseanne Cherie Barr (b. 1952), award-winning American actress, comedienne, writer, television producer and director
  • Donna Barr (b. 1952), American comic book author and cartoonist
  • Robert McClelland Barr (1856-1930), American Major League Baseball player
  • Howard Raymond Barr (1910-2002), prominent American twentieth-century architect in Austin, Texas
  • Gladys Hutchinson Barr (1904-1976), American author, lawyer, and editor
  • ... (Another 88 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Barr family

RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. James Barr, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [12]
  • Mrs. Catherine Symington Barr, (née Young), Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered [12]

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Citations

  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  5. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DELHI 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Delhi.htm
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PETREL 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Petrel.htm
  9. ^ South Australian Register Thursday 23rd November 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Dirigo 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/dirigo1854.shtml.
  10. ^ South Australian Register Friday 2nd February 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) William Stevenson 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/williamstevenson1855.shtml
  11. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 6) David Barr. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Barr/David_Goodwin/USA.html
  12. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
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