Barrentown is a name that came to England
in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Barrentown family lived in parishes at Cambridge, Berkshire, Somerset
and Gloucester. Their original family seat
was at Barentin
, and they were one of a group of families that draw their name from this location.
Early Origins of the Barrentown family
The surname Barrentown was first found in Cambridge and Lincolnshire
where they have held a family seat
from very ancient times. Barrington or De Barenton was located near Caudebec, Normandy
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)
They were granted manors and estates by Duke William for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Barrentown family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barrentown research.Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1917, 1588, 1570, 1628, 1601, 1611, 1621, 1628, 1644, 1621, 1629, 1605, 1683, 1645, 1648, 1660, 1679, 1671, 1715 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Barrentown History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Barrentown Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Barrentown have been found, including Barrington, Barentin, Berrington, Berington, Berinton, Barenten, Barenton, Barentine, Barentyn, Barrinton, Barrenkton, Barringston and many more.
Early Notables of the Barrentown family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Berrington, High Sheriff
in 1588; Sir Francis Barrington, 1st Baronet
(ca. 1570-1628), an English lawyer and politician, Member of Parliament for Essex
(1601-1611) and (1621-1628); his son, Sir Thomas Barrington, 2nd Baronet
(died 1644)... Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Barrentown Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Barrentown family to Ireland
Some of the Barrentown family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Barrentown family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland
, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Barrentown were among those contributors: Abigail Barrington who settled in Barbados in 1664; Isaac Barrington settled in Barbados in 1654; Robert Barrington settled in Virginia in 1677; Benjamin Barrington settled in North Carolina in 1701.
The Barrentown 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: Ung durant ma vie
Motto Translation: The same while I live.