Barrowman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestry of the name Barrowman can be traced back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a name for a servant at the manor house having derived from the Old English word buri, which refers to "a fortified manor house", and was used to denote someone who worked at such a house.

Early Origins of the Barrowman family

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

Early History of the Barrowman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barrowman research. Another 236 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1148, 1176, 1500, 1587, 1615, 1600, 1784, 1807, 1688, 1750, 1691, 1768, 1691, 1688 and 1750 are included under the topic Early Barrowman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Barrowman Spelling Variations

Barrowman has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Barrowman have been found, including Berryman, Berriman, Borowman, Buriman, Beriman, Buryman, Birriman, Borrowman and many more.

Early Notables of the Barrowman family (pre 1700)

Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Barrowman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Barrowman migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Barrowmans to arrive on North American shores:

Barrowman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Widow Barrowman, who arrived in Barbados in 1680 [1]

New Zealand Barrowman 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:

Barrowman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Barrowman, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Robert Henderson" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 3rd September 1860 [2]
  • Mrs. Barrowman, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Robert Henderson" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 3rd September 1860 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Barrowman (post 1700) +

  • John Barrowman (b. 1967), Scottish-born, American BAFTA Award nominated actor, known for his roles in Torchwood (2006), Arrow (2012) and Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
  • Michael Ray Barrowman (b. 1968), American former swimmer
  • Carole Emily Barrowman (b. 1959), Scottish Professor of English and Director of Creative Studies in Writing
  • Andrew Barrowman (b. 1984), Scottish footballer


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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