Barrow History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Barrow is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived near a grove, or in any of a number of places called Barrow, The surname is derived from the Old English word, bearo, which means grove. As a local name, it could also be derived from a long hill or mound.

The name is derived from "Barrow, the name of parishes and places in at least ten counties in England; from barrow, a wood or grove, from Anglo-Saxon beara, bearewe, a grove; or from barrow, a hillock or mound of earth intended as a repository for the dead, answering to the tumulus of the Latins; from Anglo-Saxon beorg a hill or hillock, byrgen a tomb." [1]

Early Origins of the Barrow family

The surname Barrow was first found in Lancashire, where they held a family seat from ancient times. "The Lancashire Barrows, who are named after a borough in the county, are best represented in the Ambleside district." [2]

One source claims the family was Norman in origin from Barou, near Falaise in Normandy. "In 1165 Robert de Jouvigny held a fief at Barrou, Normandy, of the Honour of Grent-Mesnil." [3]

While Lancashire is generally understood the family's stronghold, Lincolnshire may have been their ancient homestead. "Roger de Barewe of Lincoln was deceased before 1271. In 1194 William de Barewe had a suit in the same county. In 1130 Adelaid de Barou occurs in Lincoln, and in 1093 Walleran de Baro witnessed a charter of Chester Abbey." [3]

The Close Rolls had two entries for the family with early spellings: Walter de la Barowe, Close Rolls, 14 Edward III and Robert de la Barwe, 3 Edward I.

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1271 had two entries Richard de Barewe, Surrey; and William de la Barewe, Essex. [4]

Kirby's Quest listed John atte Barwe, Somerset, 1 Edward III and John atte Berwe, Somerset, 1 Edward III. [5]

The reader should know that early rolls were almost always listed in relationship to the year of the sovereign's reign. In other words, "1 Edward III," would denote "during the first year of King Edward III's reign."

Early History of the Barrow family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barrow research. Another 68 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1192, 1242, 1497, 1483, 1534, 1599, 1534, 1550, 1593, 1630, 1677, 1613 and 1680 are included under the topic Early Barrow History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Barrow Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Barrow has been spelled many different ways, including Barrow, Barrough, Barrows and others.

Early Notables of the Barrow family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Thomas Barowe or Barrow (d. 1497?), English ecclesiastic and judge, Rector of Olney in Buckinghamshire, and was appointed to a prebend in St. Stephen's Chapel in the palace of Westminster in July 1483, shortly after the accession of Richard III, and in September of the same year to the Mastership of the Rolls. [6] Peter Baro (1534-1599), English controversialist, son of Stephen Baro and Philippa Petit, his wife, was...
Another 76 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Barrow Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Barrow migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Barrows to arrive in North America:

Barrow Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Barrow, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • John Barrow, who settled in Virginia in 1642
  • Henry Barrow who settled in Virginia in 1652
  • Henry Barrow, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 [7]
  • Michael Barrow, who landed in Virginia in 1653 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Barrow Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mary Barrow, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 [7]
  • Lewis Barrow, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [7]
  • George Barrow, who landed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1748 [7]
  • William Barrow, who landed in North Carolina in 1760 [7]
  • Rubin Barrow, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1787 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Barrow Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Barrow, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815 [7]
  • Edward Barrow, who landed in America in 1830 [7]
  • Robert Barrow, who landed in New York in 1832 [7]
  • Thomas Barrow, who arrived in Maryland in 1844 [7]
  • Joseph Barrow, who arrived in Mississippi in 1859 [7]

Canada Barrow migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Barrow Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Richard Barrow, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Petter Barrow was a laborer in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1779 [8]
  • Mr. Thomas Barrow U.E. who arrived in Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 197 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York, USA [9]
Barrow Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Edward Barrow, who settled in Greenspond, Newfoundland in 1828 [8]
  • Edward Barrow was a fisherman in Freshwater Bay, Newfoundland in 1871 [8]
  • Edward Barrow, who settled in Gambo, Newfoundland in 1876 [8]

Australia Barrow migration to Australia +

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

Barrow Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

New Zealand Barrow 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:

Barrow Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Barrow, aged 40, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
  • Ann Barrow, aged 40, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
  • Ann Barrow, aged 15, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
  • Charles Barrow, aged 11, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
  • Stephen Barrow, aged 6, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Barrow (post 1700) +

  • Willie Mae Barrow (1924-2015), née Taplin, an American civil rights activist and minister
  • Robert Hilliard Barrow (1922-2008), American general, 27th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps (1979 to 1983)
  • Edward Grant Barrow (1868-1953), American baseball manager and executive, elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1953
  • Clyde Chestnut Barrow (1909-1934), American gangster, half of the notorious Bonnie and Clyde outlaws
  • Joseph Louis Barrow (1914-1981), better known as "Joe Louis", American boxer considered to be one of the greatest heavyweight boxing champions that ever lived
  • Edward P. Barrow, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 5th District, 1854 [13]
  • Doyle Barrow, American Democrat politician, Member of Missouri State Senate 34th District, 1947-50 [13]
  • D. G. Barrow, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Mississippi, 1972 [13]
  • D. C. Barrow, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1860 [13]
  • Allen Edward Barrow (1914-1979), American Democrat politician, U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma, 1962-79 [13]
  • ... (Another 28 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Dorsetshire
  • Albert Barrow, British Cook aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he survived the sinking [14]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Stephen Barrow, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [15]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. J Barrow, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [16]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Donald George M. Barrow, Canadian 3rd Class passenger from Maple Creek, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [17]
  • Mrs. May Barrow, Canadian 3rd Class passenger from Maple Creek, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered [17]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Harry Barrow (d. 1912), aged 35, English Butcher from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [18]


The Barrow 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: Parum sufficit
Motto Translation: A little is enough.


Suggested Readings for the name Barrow +

  • 1260 "The Barrow Family of Virginia" by Mae Belle Barrow, "Ancestry of Elihu B. Gifford (1830-1898) and Catherine Sandow Barrows (1835-1917) of Saratoga County, New York, Buffalo County, Wisconsin, and Spokane County, Washington" by Raymond L. Olson.

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  2. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  6. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  7. ^ 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)
  8. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  9. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  10. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828
  11. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ISABELLA WATSON 1845. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1845IsabellaWatson.htm
  12. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anna Maria voyage to Van Diemen's Land or Port Phillip, Australia in 1848 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anna-maria/1848
  13. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  14. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html
  15. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  16. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  17. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  18. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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