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Early Origins of the Barraby family

The surname Barraby was first found in "Normandy where a town and two villages bear the name of this saint; but from which of them the existing family is derived it would be hard to say. The town - Ste. Barbe-en-Auge - contained a Priory of Canons Regular, founded by King Stephen, and endowed by him with lands in England." [1]

"Robert de St. Barbs, who came with the Conqueror from Normandy (in which province a town and two villages bearing the name are still to be found) was, according to an ancient charter of the Abbey of Glastonbury, progenitor of Robert St. Barbs of South Brent, co. Somerset, to whom the families of St. Barbs of Ashington, Whiteparish, and Ridgeway traced their pedigree." [2]

"William de St. Barbara, Dean of York, was elected Bishop of Durham in 1143, during the usurpation of the See by Cumin. He was chosen, almost by stealth, by some monks that had made good their escape to York and " was with difficulty prevailed upon to accept the arduous office." His misgivings were amply justified by the event. For sixteen months he was virtually excluded from his diocese, and driven from one place of refuge to another." [1]

"I now come to the old Somersetshire family of St. Barbe, still represented in the neighbouring county of Southampton. They were tenants of the Abbot of Glastonbury, of whom they held South Brent, and are often mentioned in the monastic Chronicle. It is there pointed out, as a remarkable coincidence, that the coif and veil of the holy Barbara were among the relics preserved in the Abbey with which they were so early and so long connected. Their first ancestor, Robert de Sainte Barbe, is said according to the too familiar phrase - to have come over with the Conqueror; but their tenure can scarcely have been of so ancient a date, as their name is not found in the earliest lists. About one hundred and fifty years later occurs a second Robert, whose grandson, Richard Seintbarbe, received in 1295 from the Abbey as a life-pittance or corrody, 'a yearly pension of ten pounds, to be paid out of the exchequer of Glastonbury at the feast of Easter and St. Michael, by equal portions'" [1]

Early History of the Barraby family

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Barraby Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Simbar, St.Barb, St.Barbe, St Barbe, St Barb and many more.

Early Notables of the Barraby family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Barraby family to Ireland

Some of the Barraby family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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New Zealand Barraby 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:

Barraby Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Barraby, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "William Watson" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 8th February 1859 [3]

  1. Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 3 of 3
  2. Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  3. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from on Facebook