Barraz History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Barraz is an occupational name; that is, it is derived from the occupation of the original bearer. In this case, it is derived from the Old French word bar, which means bass; sea bass are a staple fish found in the Mediterranean. Occupational names frequently were derived from the principal object associated with the activity of the original bearer, such as tools or products. These types of occupational surnames are called metonymic surnames.

Early Origins of the Barraz family

The surname Barraz was first found in Provence, where the family has held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Barraz family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barraz research. Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1755 and 1829 are included under the topic Early Barraz History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Barraz Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Barras, Baras, Barrasse, Baraz, Le Barras, Barace, Le Barace, Barèce and many more.

Early Notables of the Barraz family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Barraz family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Jacques Barras, who settled in Louisiana in 1765; Joseph Barras settled in Louisiana in 1757; Joshua Barrass settled in America in 1719 and Joshua Barras, aged 21, settled in Annapolis in 1721..



The Barraz 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: Vaillance de Barras
Motto Translation: Valour of Barras.


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