Barter History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Barter is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name was taken on by someone who worked as a person who was a haggler, market trader or exchanger. The surname is derived from the Old French word barat, which means commerce or dealings, and is a derivative of the verb barater, which means to haggle. The surname Barter is also a nickname type of surname for a quarrelsome person.
Early Origins of the Barter family
The surname Barter was first found in Oxfordshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Barter family
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Barter Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Barter include Barter, Bartar, Bartor, Bartur and others.
Early Notables of the Barter family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Barter family to Ireland
Some of the Barter family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Barter migration to the United States +
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Barter Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- James Barter, who sailed to Virginia in 1655
- James Barter, who arrived in Virginia in 1655 
- John Barter, who arrived in Maryland in 1664 
- Margaret Barter, who landed in Maryland in 1668 
- Henry Barter, who landed in Maine in 1675 
Barter Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Samuel Barter, who landed in Maine in 1755 
- William Barter to Virginia in 1774
Barter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Barbara Barter to Philadelphia in 1804
- Johannes Barter, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1804 
Barter migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Barter Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mary Barter, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1778
Barter Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- William Barter, aged 23, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Hibernia" from Kinsale, Ireland
- G. E. Barter was recorded in Ontario in 1869
- Duncan Barter was living in Elgin County, Ontario in 1872
Barter migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Barter Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- George Barter, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Anna Robertson" in 1839 
- Martha Jane Barter, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bernicia" in 1850 
- Ellen Barter, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bernicia" in 1850 
- Herbert Barter, aged 30, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" 
- Henry Barter, aged 39, a woodsman, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Navarino" 
Barter 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:
Barter Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Miss Emma Barter, (b. 1857), aged Infant, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Roehampton" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 7th March 1858 
- Mr. Stephen Barter, (b. 1828), aged 29, British groom and gardener travelling from London aboard the ship "Roehampton" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 7th March 1858 
Contemporary Notables of the name Barter (post 1700) +
- Gurdon H. Barter (1843-1900), American sailor aboard the USS Minnesota during the American Civil War who received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Second Battle of Fort Fisher on January 15, 1865
- Walter P. Barter, American Republican politician, Mayor of Johnstown, New York, 1938-41 
- Richard H. Barter (1833-1859), nicknamed "Rattlesnake Dick", Canadian-born outlaw during the California Gold Rush robbing stagecoaches from 1855-1856; member of the notorious gang that stole 80,000 worth of gold, half was returned and the other half was buried and never recovered, Dick was killed execution style with two bullets in the chest and another in the head
- Charles Barter (d. 1859), British gardener and botanist, foreman of Regent's Park of the Royal Botanic Society from 1851 to 1857
- Richard Barter (1802-1870), Irish physician and proponent of hydropathy
- Sir Charles St Leger Barter KCB, KCMG, CVO (1857-1931), British Army career officer. General officer commanding the 47th (2nd London) Division TF in August 1914
- Sir Peter Leslie Charles Barter OBE (b. 1940), Australian-born Minister for Health and Bougainville Affairs in the Papua New Guinean Government
- John Wilfred Barter (1917-1983), British politician, Member of the British Parliament for Ealing North from 1955 to 1964
- Captain Frederick Barter VC, MC (1891-1952), Welsh recipient of the Victoria Cross
- Augusta Barter CM (1909-1999), Canadian nurse made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1989 and also the recipient of the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award
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The Barter 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: Semper metiora certans
Motto Translation: Forever striving for better things
- ^ 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)
- ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ANNA ROBERTSON 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839AnnaRobertson.htm
- ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BERNICIA 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Bernicia.gif
- ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PHOEBE DUNBAR 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/phoebedunbar1852.shtml
- ^ South Australian Register Monday 14th August 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Navarino 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/navarino1854.shtml.
- ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html