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Among the all the peoples of ancient Scotland, the first to use the name Barre were the Strathclyde- Britons. 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."

Barre Early Origins



The surname Barre 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]CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list Gunilda de la Barre in Hertfordshire and Philip de le Barre in Huntingdonshire. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

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Barre Spelling Variations


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Barre Spelling Variations



The variation in the spelling of Medieval names is a result of the lack of spelling rules in the English language prior to the last few hundred years. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound, often varying the spelling of name within a single document. Barre has appeared as Barr, Barre and others.

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Barre Early History


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Barre Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barre research. Another 247 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1590, 1551, 1554, 1565, 1600, 1612, 1686, 1600 and are included under the topic Early Barre History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Barre Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Barre Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Barre Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Barre In Ireland


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Barre In Ireland



Some of the Barre family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 107 words (8 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


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The Great Migration



As the persecution of Clan families continued, they sailed for North America in increasing numbers. In most cases, they found the freedom and opportunity they sought. Land was often available and the American War of Independence allowed Scots an opportunity to solidify their independence from the English crown. These settlers and their ancestors went on to play essential roles in the forging of the nations of the United States and Canada. Among them:

Barre Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James Barre who arrived in New York in 1680
  • James Barre, aged 26, arrived in New York in 1680

Barre Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Henry Barre, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1718
  • Jacob Barre, Sr. and Jacob Barre, Jr., both of whom arrived in Pennsylvania in 1718
  • Jacob Barre Jr., who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1718
  • John George Barre who arrived in South Carolina in 1735
  • John George Barre, who landed in South Carolina in 1735

Barre Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • J. P. Barre, age 28, arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1821
  • L. P. Barre, age 27, came to New York City in 1821
  • S Barre, who arrived in Arkansas in 1892

Barre Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Peter Barre who was recorded as having arrived in Arkansas in 1901
  • Peter Barre, who landed in Arkansas in 1901

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Contemporary Notables of the name Barre (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Barre (post 1700)



  • William de la Barre (1849-1936), Austrian-born, American civil engineer who developed a new process for milling wheat into flour using energy-saving steel rollers at the Washburn-Crosby Mills (now known as General Mills)
  • Raoul Weston La Barre (1911-1996), American anthropologist, best known for his work in ethnobotany
  • Raoul Barré (1874-1932), Canadian-born, American cartoonist and animator of the silent film era
  • William Joseph Barre (1830-1867), Irish architect, best known for his many buildings in Belfast in a Gothic Revival style
  • Mohamed Siad Barre (1919-1995), President of the Somali Democratic Republic from 1969-91
  • Martin Lancelot Barre (b. 1946), English rock musician, best known for his work with the rock band Jethro Tull
  • Pierre-Yves Barré (1749-1832), French vaudevillist and song-writer
  • Jean Benoît Vincent Barré (1732-1824), French architect, one of the creators of the 'Louis XVI style' of architecture
  • Jean Auguste Barre (1811-1896), French sculptor and medalist
  • Jean-Jacques Barre (1793-1855), French general engraver at the Monnaie de Paris between 1842 and 1855
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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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)

Other References

  1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  2. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
  3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  4. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  5. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
  6. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
  7. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  11. ...

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