Show ContentsBarringer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The prestigious family surname Barringer originated in the territory that eventually became the German state of Prussia. In the 19th century, this state was virtually unrivalled militarily, and its rapid industrial growth made it a contender for economic superiority in Europe as well. However, in the medieval era, Prussia was fragmented and inhabited by numerous barbarian tribes, who fought amongst themselves for control of the land. The borders of the barbarian kingdoms, which were established after the fall of the Roman Empire, changed repeatedly. The region that came to be known as Prussia was roughly divided between the territories of Brandenburg-Prussia, West Prussia and East Prussia. The Barringer family emerged in Brandenburg-Prussia, which is essentially the birthplace of modern Germany. By the 19th century, Brandenburg-Prussia had incorporated East Prussia, West Prussia and many other German territories. Moreover, in the late 19th century, it led the German states in the unification of Germany.

Early Origins of the Barringer family

The surname Barringer was first found in Prussia, where the name Beringer became noted for its many branches within the region, where each house acquired a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. In their later history the name became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.

Early History of the Barringer family

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Barringer Spelling Variations

Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Barringer include Beringer, Berringer, Beringher, Beringger, Berenger, Berengher, Berengger, Baringer, Baeringer, Barringer, Baerringer, Baringher, Baeringher, Baringger, Baeringger, Barenger, Baerenger, Barengher, Baerengher, Barengger and many more.

Early Notables of the Barringer family (pre 1700)

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Barringer Ranking

In the United States, the name Barringer is the 4,915th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]

United States Barringer migration to the United States +

The state of Prussia was a great influence on the shape of modern Germany. After the Second World War, Prussia's land was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany and the state was abolished. Some Prussians remained in those countries after the war, while many others migrated to North America in search of a new start. Philadelphia was their primary point of entry to the United States, after which many of them moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. A large number of Prussians also migrated to Ontario and the prairie provinces as United Empire Loyalists. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Barringers to arrive in North America, and among them were:

Barringer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Coenraed Barringer, who landed in New York in 1715 [2]
  • Conrad Barringer, who arrived in New York in 1734 [2]
  • John Paul Barringer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1742 [2]
  • H. Nicholaus Barringer who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752
  • H Nicolaus Barringer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752 [2]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Barringer (post 1700) +

  • William H. Barringer (1841-1917), Union Army soldier during the American Civil War awarded the Medal of Honor for gallantry during the Siege of Vicksburg on May 22, 1863
  • Emily Barringer (1876-1961), American first female ambulance surgeon and the first woman to secure a surgical residency
  • Rufus Barringer (1821-1895), Confederate military general from North Carolina during the American Civil War, brother of Daniel Moreau Barringer
  • Daniel Moreau Barringer (1860-1929), American geologist, best known as the first person to prove the existence of an impact crater on the Earth, eponym of the Barringer Crater on Earth
  • Russell Newton Barringer (1903-1996), American Republican politician, Member of North Carolina Republican State Executive Committee, 1932-72; Treasurer of North Carolina Republican Party, 1966-72 [3]
  • John Edwin Barringer (1841-1922), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Michigan State Senate 15th District, 1887-90 [3]
  • John B. Barringer, American politician, Mayor of Santa Paula, California, 1955 [3]
  • George Hannah Barringer (1889-1935), American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Belfast, 1919-24; Campbellton, 1924; SAINT John's, 1925-26; Quebec City, 1926-29; Yarmouth, 1929; Dublin, 1932 [3]
  • Daniel Moreau Barringer (1806-1873), American Democratic Party politician, Member of North Carolina House of Commons, 1829-34, 1840-42, 1854; U.S. Minister to Spain, 1849-53 [3]
  • Daniel Laurens Barringer (1788-1852), American politician, U.S. Representative from North Carolina 8th District, 1826-35; Speaker of the Tennessee State House of Representatives, 1843-45; Presidential Elector for Tennessee, 1844 [3]
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. William H Barringer (b. 1914), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Loughton, Essex, England, who sailed into battle and died in the HMS Hood sinking [4]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Arthur William Barringer (d. 1912), aged 33, English Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [5]

Suggested Readings for the name Barringer +

  • The Forebearers and Descendants of Henry and Abigail Barringer by Ross Milo Curry.
  • John Paul Barringer, 1721-1807 of Mecklenburg and Cabarrus, North Carolina by Sheridan Reid Barringer.

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  4. 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
  5. Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from on Facebook