Barrett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

When the Strongbownians arrived in Ireland, they encountered an established Irish system for creating hereditary surnames. However, like the Irish, the Anglo-Norman Strongbownians frequently had patronymic surnames, a form of surname that was formed from the name of the bearer's father, or another older relative. Therefore, since the Strongbownians' system was in many ways built on the same principles as the Irish, the two systems eventually attained a sort of merger. Since the Stronbownian's names often had Norman names which were French, diminutive suffixes, such as -ot, -et, -un, -in, or -el were added to the name of the bearer's father, or older relative. Another Norman way of creating a patronymic name was to use the prefix Fitz-, which was derived from the French word "fils," and ultimately from the Latin " filius," both of which mean son. The surname Barrett is derived from the personal name Berold. In Munster, the Gaelic form of the surname Barrett is Baróid, while in Connacht, the Gaelic form is Bairéid.

Early Origins of the Barrett family

The surname Barrett was first found in Lincolnshire, where Matthew Baret was recorded between 1150 and 1155. The Barret family was also established in the English counties of Nottinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Hampshire, Yorkshire and Essex. However, they joined Strongbow in his invasion of Ireland in 1172 at the invitation of the King of Leinster, Dermot McMurrough. Strongbow granted lands to the family in County Cork and County Mayo where they became staunchly Irish.

Patrick Barret (d. 1415), was an Irish ecclesiastic and judge, one of the canons of the Augustinian abbey of Kells in Ossory, was consecrated Bishop of Ferns in Wexford by the Pope at Rome in December 1400. [1]

Not all of the family emigrated to Ireland, but today the name is better known there than in England. By example, "the manor of Ashton, or Ashtorre Barrett, in [the parish of St. Dominick, Cornwall], belonged for many generations to the ancient family of Barrett; but on failure of male issue it passed with an heiress in 1707 to the family of Prestwood." [2]

Early History of the Barrett family

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Barrett Spelling Variations

During an investigation of the origin of each name, it was found that church officials and medieval scribes spelled many surnames as they sounded. Therefore, during the lifetime of a single person, a name could be spelt numerous ways. Some of the spelling variations for the name Barrett include Barrett, Barret, Barett, Baret, Barratt, Barrat, Barat, Baratt, McWhadden and many more.

Early Notables of the Barrett family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family up to this time was Lord of Tirawley; Patrick Barrett (died 1415), an Irishman who held religious and secular high offices in Ireland, an Augustinian Canon at Kells Priory in County Kilkenny, Bishop of Ferns (appointed 1400), concentrated bishop at Rome (1400), Lord Chancellor of Ireland from 1410 to 1412. John Baret or Barret (d. 1580?), was an English lexicographer...
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Barrett World Ranking

In the United States, the name Barrett is the 280th most popular surname with an estimated 96,993 people with that name. [3] However, in Canada, the name Barrett is ranked the 399th most popular surname with an estimated 11,607 people with that name. [4] And in Newfoundland, Canada, the name Barrett is the 56th popular surname with an estimated 447 people with that name. [5] Australia ranks Barrett as 191st with 16,704 people. [6] New Zealand ranks Barrett as 200th with 2,795 people. [7] The United Kingdom ranks Barrett as 166th with 32,381 people. [8]


United States Barrett migration to the United States +

Ireland experienced a dramatic decrease in its population during the 19th century. This was in a great measure, a response to England's imperialistic policies. Hunger and disease took the lives of many Irish people and many more chose to leave their homeland to escape the horrific conditions. North America with its promise of work, freedom, and land was an extremely popular destination for Irish families. For those families that survived the journey, all three of these things were often attained through much hard work and perseverance. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Barrett:

Barrett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Francis Barrett, who landed in Virginia in 1623 [9]
  • Margaret Barrett, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1633 [9]
  • Humphrey Barrett, who arrived in New England in 1640 [9]
  • Samuel Barrett, who landed in Connecticut in 1645 [9]
  • Sara Barrett, who arrived in Virginia in 1649 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Barrett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Baldues Barrett, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738 [9]
  • Baldus Barrett, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738 [9]
  • Balthas Barrett, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738 [9]
  • Arthur Barrett, who landed in Virginia in 1749 [9]
  • Andrew Barrett, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1764 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Barrett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hugh Barrett, aged 48, who landed in Delaware in 1812 [9]
  • Ezekiel Barrett, aged 26, who arrived in New York in 1812 [9]
  • A Barrett, aged 33, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829 [9]
  • Edward Barrett, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1843 [9]
  • Michael Barrett, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1843 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Barrett Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mr. John Barrett, (b. 1877), aged 23, Cornish smith travelling aboard the ship "New York" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 15th April 1900 en route to New York, USA [10]
  • Mr. Henry Barrett, (b. 1877), aged 27, Cornish miner travelling aboard the ship "Germanic" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 11th October 1904 en route to Sutter Creek, California, USA [10]
  • Mr. James Barrett, (b. 1884), aged 21, Cornish miner travelling aboard the ship "St Louis" arriving at Ellis Island, New York in 1905 en route to Salt Lake, Utah, USA [10]
  • Mr. John Henry Barrett, (b. 1862), aged 43, Cornish miller, from Redruth, Cornwall travelling aboard the ship "New York" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 30th September 1905 en route to Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA [10]

Canada Barrett migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Barrett Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Barrett Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • James Barrett, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1822
  • Thomas Barrett, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1828
  • John Barrett, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1831
  • John Barrett, aged 30, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Hibernia" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • Richard Barrett, aged 32, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Hibernia" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Barrett migration to Australia +

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

Barrett Settlers in Australia in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Barrett, (b. 1758), aged 29, English blacksmith who was convicted in London, England for life for theft, transported aboard the "Charlotte" on 13th May 1787, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1788 [12]
Barrett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Elizabeth Barrett, British Convict who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Earl Cornwallis" in August 1800, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [13]
  • George Barrett, English convict from Wiltshire, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [14]
  • Mr. Thomas Barrett, (b. 1802), aged 18, English labourer who was convicted in Surrey, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Dick" on 2nd October 1820, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1827 [15]
  • Mr. William Barrett, (b. 1799), aged 23, Irish shoe maker who was convicted in Dublin, Ireland for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Countess of Harcourt" on 3rd September 1822, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [16]
  • George Barrett, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia [17]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Barrett 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:

Barrett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Richard Barrett, who landed in Queen Charlotte Sound, New Zealand in 1830
  • John Barrett, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Richard Barrett, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • William Barrett, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Mr. Peter Barrett, British settler, as the 2nd Detachment of New Zealand Corps of Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Minerva" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 8th October 1847 [18]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Barrett migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [19]
Barrett Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Evan Barrett, who landed in Barbados in 1679 [9]

Contemporary Notables of the name Barrett (post 1700) +

  • David Barrett (1954-2018), American journalist who worked for Fox News, ABC Radio News, and CBS News
  • Lawrence Barrett (1838-1891), born Lawrence Brannigan, an American stage actor from Paterson, New Jersey
  • William E. "Bill" Barrett (1929-2016), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Nebraska (1991-2001)
  • Wayne Barrett (1945-2017), American journalist, investigative reporter and senior editor for the Village Voice for 37 years
  • Tom Barrett, American co-founder of Barrett-Jackson, an American auction company in Scottsdale, Arizona which specializes in the auction of classic cars and antique cars
  • Sister Adrian Barrett (1929-2015), American Roman Catholic nun, founder of Friends of the Poor, a nonprofit organization in Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • James L. "Jim" Barrett (1926-2013), American founder and owner of Chateau Montelena, Napa Valley, California
  • Brigadier-General Charles Joseph Barrett (1900-1963), American Head of Foreign Languages Department, US Military Academy West Point (1949) [20]
  • Ronnie Barrett (b. 1954), American founder of Barrett Firearms Manufacturing
  • Colleen Barrett (b. 1944), President of Southwest Airlines
  • ... (Another 19 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Cornwall
  • Cyril Edward Barrett (d. 1942), British Musician aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [21]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Wilfred William Barrett, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [22]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Herbert Barrett, British Corporal, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [23]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Walter Barrett, British Stoker Petty Officer with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [24]
RMS Lusitania
  • Miss May Barrett, Irish 2nd Class passenger residing in New York, New York, USA returning to Ireland, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [25]
  • Mr. Daniel Barrett, Irish Fireman from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [26]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Frederick Barrett, aged 28, English Leading Fireman from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 13 [27]
  • Mr. Frederick William Barrett (d. 1912), aged 33, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [27]
SS Newfoundland
  • Mr. E. Barrett, Newfoundlander from St. John's, who on the 30th March 1914 he was part of the Seal Crew of the "SS Newfoundland" leaving the ship to intercept the Stephano which took him to the hunting grounds, he disembarked to begin sealing, but was caught in a thickening storm, attempting to return to the Newfoundland he and the 132 crew made camp for two days the sealers were stranded on the ice in a blizzard attempting to return to the ship, he survived
  • Mr. James Barrett (b. 1887), Newfoundlander from Old Perlican, who on the 30th March 1914 he was part of the Seal Crew of the "SS Newfoundland" leaving the ship to intercept the Stephano which took him to the hunting grounds, he disembarked to begin sealing, but was caught in a thickening storm, attempting to return to the Newfoundland he and the 132 crew made camp for two days the sealers were stranded on the ice in a blizzard attempting to return to the ship, he survived
SS Southern Cross
  • Mr. Thomas Barrett (1889-1914), Newfoundlander from Tilton who was aboard the "SS Southern Cross" when it is suspected she sank between the 31st March 1914 and early April during the storm with a heavy load of pelts; no survivors were ever found
  • Mr. Edward Barrett (1888-1914), Newfoundlander from Tilton who was aboard the "SS Southern Cross" when it is suspected she sank between the 31st March 1914 and early April during the storm with a heavy load of pelts; no survivors were ever found


Suggested Readings for the name Barrett +

  • John Clinton Barrett, Tennessee Settler in the Ozarks: The Life and Times of John C. Barrett, his Family and Descendants by Ron Pyron.

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  5. ^ The order of Common Surnames in 1955 in Newfoundland retrieved on 20th October 2021 (retrieved from Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland by E.R. Seary corrected edition ISBN 0-7735-1782-0)
  6. ^ https://forebears.io/australia/surnames
  7. ^ https://forebears.io/new-zealand/surnames
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  12. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retrieved 4th February 2021, retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/charlotte)
  13. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 13th August 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/earl-cornwallis
  14. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  15. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 8th July 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/Dick
  16. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th March 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/countess-of-harcourt
  17. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824
  18. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  19. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  20. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 6) Charles Barrett. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Barrett/Charles_Joseph/USA.html
  21. ^ Force Z Survivors Crew List HMS Cornwall (Retrieved 2018, February 13th) - Retrieved from https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listcornwallcrew.html#A
  22. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  23. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  24. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  25. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  26. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  27. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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