Barthe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the Barthe family name begins in the German province of Bavaria. Barthe is a nickname surname, a class of German names derived from "eke-names," or added names, that described people by a personal characteristic or other attribute. Barthe is a name for a bearded person, derived from the old German word "Bardo," which means "bearded one." Barthe, a variant of the name, is a French local name for someone who lived on a piece of land overgrown with bushes or shrub.

Early Origins of the Barthe family

The surname Barthe was first found in Bavaria, where the name became noted for its many branches with the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. In their later history the family became a power unto itself and they were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.

Early History of the Barthe family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barthe research. Another 167 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1800, 1210, 1311, 1810, 1587, 1658, 1650, 1702, 1735, 1809, 1821 and 1865 are included under the topic Early Barthe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Barthe Spelling Variations

In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Barthe include Barth, Bartmann, Bart, Barthe and others.

Early Notables of the Barthe family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the name Barthe in this period include Kaspar von Barth (1587-1658), who was a very learned and respected philologist in Brandenburg. Jean Bart (1650-1702), was Belgium-born, French sailor who served the French crown as naval commander and privateer. Christian Samuel Barth (1735-1809)...
Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Barthe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Canada Barthe migration to Canada +

Thousands of German settlers came to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. The hardships of the long voyage were balanced by the opportunity to escape poverty and religious persecution. The descendents of these settlers still populate the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also live in Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Barthe or a variant listed above:

Barthe Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Theophile Barthe, who arrived in Montreal in 1721

Contemporary Notables of the name Barthe (post 1700) +

  • Jean Barthe (1932-2017), French rugby league and rugby union player from Lourdes on Facebook
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