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The name Barrington was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Barrington family lived in parishes at Cambridge, Berkshire, Somerset and Gloucester. Their original family seat was at Barentin in Normandy, and they were one of a group of families that draw their name from this location.


The surname Barrington 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. [1] They were granted manors and estates by Duke William for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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 Barrington have been found, including Barrington, Barentin, Berrington, Berington, Berinton, Barenten, Barenton, Barentine, Barentyn, Barrinton, Barrenkton, Barringston and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barrington 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 Barrington History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 161 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Barrington Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Barrington 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.


For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, 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 Barrington were among those contributors:

Barrington Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Wm Barrington, who landed in Virginia in 1643
  • Fra Barrington, who arrived in Virginia in 1648
  • Isaac Barrington settled in Barbados in 1654
  • Doane Barrington, who landed in Maryland in 1659
  • Isaac Barrington, who landed in Barbados in 1663

Barrington Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Benjamin Barrington settled in North Carolina in 1701

Barrington Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Timothy Barrington settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1822
  • Timothy Barrington, aged 30, arrived in America in 1822
  • John Barrington, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • B F Barrington, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

Barrington Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Barrington settled in King's Cove, Newfoundland in 1815
  • John Barrington, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Breakwater" from Plymouth

Barrington Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • John Barrington was a MicMac Indian Trapper in 1905 who who followed the practice of guides, taking the name of an employer, he had hunting grounds "on the eastern side of the Tolt," Newfoundland and lived to be 103 years of age

Barrington Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Barrington, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Elizabeth Barrington arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1840
  • Charles Barrington, aged 18, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Violet"
  • Stephen Barrington, aged 22, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Tantivy"

Barrington Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John M. Barrington arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Estrella" in 1870
  • Frederick C. Barrington, aged 25, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874
  • Fanny M. Barrington, aged 23, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874
  • Frederick W. Barrington, aged 2, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874
  • Mary Barrington, aged 28, a servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Salisbury" in 1876


  • William Robinson Barrington (1796-1844), American politician, Mayor of Piqua, Ohio, 1840, 1843
  • Don Barrington (b. 1948), American Republican politician, Member of Oklahoma State Senate 31st District; Elected 2004, 2008
  • Joey Barrington (b. 1980), English professional squash player, son of Jonah Barrington
  • James "Jimmy" Barrington (b. 1901), English footballer
  • George Bainbridge Barrington (1857-1942), English cricketer who played first class cricket for Derbyshire between 1880 and 1887
  • Daines Barrington FRS, FSA (1727-1800), English lawyer, antiquary and naturalist, fourth son of John Barrington, 1st Viscount Barrington
  • Patrick William Daines Barrington (1918-1990), 11th Viscount Barrington, English nobleman
  • Herbert Barrington (1872-1933), English actor
  • Ernest Barrington (1909-1985), English Zoologist
  • William Wildman Shute Barrington (1717-1793), English politician



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.


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  1. ^ 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)

Other References

  1. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
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  4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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  6. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
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The Barrington Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Barrington 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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