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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.

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The surname Barrow was first found in Lancashire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barrow research. Another 135 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1192, 1242, 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.

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Notables of this surname at this time include Henry Barrowe (c.1550-1593), English Puritan and Separatist; Isaac Barrow (1630-1677), an English scholar and mathematician who is best known for his early role...

Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Barrow Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 settled in Virginia in 1623
  • John Barrow settled in Virginia in 1642
  • Henry Barrow who settled in Virginia in 1652
  • Henry Barrow, who arrived in Virginia in 1652
  • Michael Barrow, who landed in Virginia in 1653
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Barrow Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Barrow, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Lewis Barrow, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • George Barrow, who landed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1748
  • William Barrow, who landed in North Carolina in 1760
  • Rubin Barrow, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1787
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Barrow Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mr. Barrow, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815
  • Edward Barrow, who landed in America in 1830
  • Robert Barrow, who landed in New York in 1832
  • Thomas Barrow, who arrived in Maryland in 1844
  • Joseph Barrow, who arrived in Mississippi in 1859

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
  • 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

Barrow Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Edward Barrow settled in Greenspond, Newfoundland in 1828
  • Edward Barrow was a fisherman in Freshwater Bay, Newfoundland in 1871
  • Edward Barrow settled in Gambo, Newfoundland in 1876

Barrow Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Bar Barrow, Scottish convict from Edinburgh, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • John Barrow, aged 31, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1845
  • Emma Barrow, aged 23, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1845
  • John Barrow, English convict from Nottingham, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on March 6, 1848, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Joseph Barrow, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on March 6, 1848, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
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Barrow Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Barrow, aged 40, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
  • Ann Barrow, aged 40, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
  • Ann Barrow, aged 15, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
  • Charles Barrow, aged 11, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
  • Stephen Barrow, aged 6, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
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  • 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)
  • Doyle Barrow, American Democrat politician, Member of Missouri State Senate 34th District, 1947-50
  • D. G. Barrow, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Mississippi, 1972
  • D. C. Barrow, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1860
  • Allen Edward Barrow (1914-1979), American Democrat politician, U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma, 1962-79
  • Alexander Barrow (1801-1846), American politician, Delegate to Whig National Convention from Louisiana, 1839; Member of Louisiana State Legislature; U.S. Senator from Louisiana, 1841-46
  • Edward P. Barrow, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 5th District, 1854
  • George Barrow, American politician, Member of North Carolina House of Commons from Hyde County, 1780-81
  • George Barrow, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Onondaga County 2nd District, 1874-75; Delegate to New York State Constitutional Convention 24th District, 1894
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Barrow Historic Events



HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Stephen Barrow, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. J Barrow, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

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
  • 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

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
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  • 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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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.

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    Other References

    1. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    4. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    5. 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).
    6. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    7. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    8. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    10. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
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