Barrie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Barrie come from the ancient Scottish tribe known as the Dalriadans. They lived along the rugged west coast of Scotland and on the Hebrides islands and used the name to indicate a person who lived in Barry, in Angus in mid-west Scotland. The place-name Barry, often spelled Barrie, is derived from the Gaelic word borrach, which means "rough, grassy hill."

Early Origins of the Barrie family

The surname Barrie was first found in Angus (Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire, where they have held territories from very ancient times.

Early History of the Barrie family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barrie research. Another 108 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1495, 1560, 1658, 1713 and are included under the topic Early Barrie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Barrie Spelling Variations

Many spelling variations of Barrie have been recorded over the years, including These are the result of the medieval practice of spelling according to sound and repeated translation between Gaelic and English. Barry, Barrie, Barre, Barrey, Barree and others.

Early Notables of the Barrie family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Thomas de Barry ( fl. 1560), Scottish canon of Glasgow, and chief magistrate of Bothwell who wrote a poem on the battle...
Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Barrie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Barrie family to Ireland

Some of the Barrie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 73 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Barrie migration to the United States +

Settlers from Scotland put down roots in communities all along the east coast of North America. Some moved north from the American colonies to Canada as United Empire Loyalists during the American War of Independence. As Clan societies and highland games started in North America in the 20th century many Scots rediscovered parts of their heritage. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Barrie were among those contributors:

Barrie Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Debora Barrie who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Debora Barrie, aged 23, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [1]
Barrie Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Peter Barrie, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1772
Barrie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Catherine Barrie, who arrived in New York, New York in 1803
  • Catherine Barrie, aged 28, who arrived in New York, NY in 1803 [1]
  • George Sol and Peter Barrie, who arrived in New York state in 1812
  • George Sol Barrie, aged 24, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • James Barrie, aged 25, who landed in North Carolina in 1812 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Barrie migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Barrie Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Barrie, aged 38, a shoemaker, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • Agnes Barrie, aged 36, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • Agnes Barrie, aged 17, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • Andrew Barrie, aged 15, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • Mary Barrie, aged 14, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Barrie migration to Australia +

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

Barrie Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Robert Barrie, aged 37, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Nugget" [2]
  • James Barrie, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"

New Zealand Barrie 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:

Barrie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Anastasia Barrie, (b. 1781), aged 75, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 24th October 1856 [3]
  • Miss Laura Barrie, (b. 1825), aged 31, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 24th October 1856 [3]
  • Miss Sarah Anne Barrie, (b. 1848), aged 8, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 24th October 1856 [3]
  • Mr. Henry Barrie, (b. 1849), aged 7, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 24th October 1856 [3]
  • Miss Margaret Barrie, (b. 1851), aged 5, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 24th October 1856 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Barrie (post 1700) +

  • Barbara Barrie (b. 1931), American actress and author of children's books
  • Norbert Barrie, American Republican politician, Candidate for South Dakota State House of Representatives 2nd District, 2010 [4]
  • Sir James Matthew Barrie OM (1860-1937), Scottish author, best known for penning "Peter Pan"
  • Scott Barrie (b. 1962), Scottish Labour Party politician and former social worker
  • Jean Léonard Barrié, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [5]
  • Wendy Barrie (1912-1978), Hong Kong-born actress in British and Hollywood films
  • Sir Robert Barrie (1774-1841), British naval officer in the War of 1812
  • Admiral Chris Barrie (b. 1945), Australian Admiral, Chief of Australian Defense Force, (1998–2002)
  • Chris Barrie (b. 1960), British actor and vocal impressionist
  • Charles Coupar Barrie (1875-1940), 1st Baron Abertay, British Liberal Party Member of Parliament (1918–1940)
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. William Simpson Barrie (1885-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from Silverton, British Columbia, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [6]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Walter R Barrie (b. 1914), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Cosham, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [7]


The Barrie 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: Regi legi fidelis
Motto Translation: Faithful to king and law.


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 4th July 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Nugget 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/nugget1854.shtml.
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 11) Jean Barrié. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  6. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  7. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm


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