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The name Barrus is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from 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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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Barrus are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Barrus include: Barrow, Barrough, Barrows and others.

First found in Lancashire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barrus 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 Barrus History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 107 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Barrus Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Barrus or a variant listed above:

Barrus Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • John Barrus, who landed in Massachusetts in 1637

Barrus Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Louis Barrus, aged 65, who landed in America, in 1892
  • Fred Barrus, aged 32, who emigrated to America, in 1893

Barrus Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Ernest B. Barrus, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Albert Barrus, aged 18, who settled in America, in 1920
  • Herbert Barrus, aged 55, who landed in America, in 1920
  • Ernst Prouty Barrus, aged 42, who landed in America, in 1921
  • Julian Barrus, aged 42, who emigrated to the United States, in 1923

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  • Roger E. Barrus (b. 1949), American politician, Republican member of the Utah State House of Representatives
  • John W. Barrus, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Presidential Elector for New York, 1900


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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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The Barrus Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Barrus Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 19 November 2015 at 09:35.

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