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The present generation of the Barstow family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in Yorkshire, where they took their name from Bairstow in West Yorkshire. The place-name is derived from the Old English terms beger, for berries, and stow, for grow. It referred to "the place where berries are grown".

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The surname Barstow was first found in Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 A.D.

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Barstow include Barstow, Bairstow, Bairstoe, Barstoe and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barstow research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Barstow History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Barstow Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Barstow were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Barstow Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • George and William Barstow who settled in Massachusetts in 1620
  • George Barstow, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1635
  • Michael Barstow, who arrived in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1635
  • William Barstow, who landed in Massachusetts in 1635
  • Miles Barstow, who arrived in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1635
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Barstow Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • H Barstow, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • J Barstow, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Samuel Barstow, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1855
  • A Barstow, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1855

Barstow Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • R C Barstow landed in Tamaki, Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
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  • John Lester Barstow (1832-1913), American teacher, farmer, politician, and soldier, the 39th Governor of Vermont (1882-1884)
  • Gideon Barstow (1783-1852), American politician, U.S. Representative from Massachusetts
  • David Barstow (b. 1963), American Pulitzer Prize winning journalist (2009) and co-shared the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2004
  • Edward Barstow, American Republican politician, Member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1947; Chair of Menominee County Republican Party, 1950
  • Charles R. Barstow, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Tioga County, 1847
  • C. Irwin Barstow, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Connecticut 3rd District, 1904
  • Anson Barstow (1831-1906), American politician, Mayor of Oakland, California, 1901-03
  • Amos Chafee Barstow (1813-1894), American politician, Mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, 1858; Member of Rhode Island State House of Representatives; Speaker of the Rhode Island State House of Representatives, 1870-71
  • Adolph Barstow, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for Michigan State Attorney General, 1906
  • Gamaliel Henry Barstow (1784-1865), American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Tioga County, 1815-18, 1824, 1827; Member of New York State Senate Western District, 1818-22
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    Other References

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    9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    10. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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