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
Early Origins of the Barrus family
The surname Barrus was first found in Lancashire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Barrus family
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 and printed products wherever possible.
Barrus Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Barrus family (pre 1700)
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 Barrus Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Barrus family to the New World and Oceana
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 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)
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
Contemporary Notables of the name Barrus (post 1700)
- 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 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
The Barrus Motto
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.