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
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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)
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Migration of the Barrowman family to the New World and Oceana
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 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
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