Barrowcliffe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Barrowcliffe name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived in West Yorkshire at Bareclough or Barneclogh, spellings used in the 14th century. Later known as Barraclough, records of the village or parish seem to be lost. [1]

Early Origins of the Barrowcliffe family

The surname Barrowcliffe was first found in West Yorkshire, where the first records of the family were found in 1315 and 1316. Peter del Baricloughe, de Barneclogh was listed there at that time. Much later, Robert Bereclough was listed in Yorkshire in 1493. [2] This latter source believes the place of origin was near Wakefield.

Early History of the Barrowcliffe family

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Barrowcliffe Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Barrowcliffe has undergone many spelling variations, including Barraclough, Burraclough, Baraclough, Baracluff, Barrowclough, Barnaclough, Berecloth, Berrycloth, Baricloughe, Bereclough, Barrayclught, Beraclough, Barraclue, Baroclough, Barracliff and many more.

Early Notables of the Barrowcliffe family (pre 1700)

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Australia Barrowcliffe migration to Australia +

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

Barrowcliffe Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Barrowcliffe, (b. 1829), aged 14, British Convict who was convicted in Leicester, England for 10 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Asiatic" on 26th May 1843, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1846 [3]


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asiatic


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