Barrodale History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Barrodale is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from a family once having lived in Cumberland, where they derived their name from the village of Borrowdale, in the parish of Crosthwaite, often called often called Grange in Borrowdale. The village dates back to at least c. 1170 when it was listed as Borgordale and meant "valley of the fort river" derived from the Old Scandinavian word "berg" + "by." [1]

Early Origins of the Barrodale family

The surname Barrodale was first found in Cumberland, but there is another Borrowdale located in the old County of Westmorland that is often called Westmorland Borrowdale to distinguish the difference of the two locations. This latter reference is of lesser importance historically to the surname.

Early History of the Barrodale family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barrodale research. Another 108 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1433, 1483, 1547, 1596, 1602, 1684 and 1785 are included under the topic Early Barrodale History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Barrodale Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Barrodale has been recorded under many different variations, including Borradaile, Borrowdale, Borowdale, Borowdall, Borodall, Barrodall and many more.

Early Notables of the Barrodale family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Barrodale family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Barrodale or a variant listed above: a number of settlers who arrived in the New World by the 19th century.



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)


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