Anglo-Saxon in origin. It was a name given to 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 Barthor is also a nickname type of surname for a quarrelsome person.
Early Origins of the Barthor family
Oxfordshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Barthor family
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Barthor Spelling Variations
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 Barthor include Barter, Bartar, Bartor, Bartur and others.
Early Notables of the Barthor family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Barthor family to Ireland
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Migration of the Barthor family to the New World and Oceana
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 Barthor were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: James Barter, who sailed to Virginia in 1655; William Barter to Virginia in 1774; and Barbara Barter to Philadelphia in 1804. In Canada G.E. Barter was recorded in Ontario in 1869.
The Barthor 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
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