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The origins of the Barton name come from when the Anglo-Saxon tribes ruled over Britain. The name Barton was originally derived from a family having lived on a barley farm. Checking further we found the name was derived from the English word barton which originates in the two Old English words bere, which means barley, and tun, signifying an enclosure.

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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 Barton include Barton, Barten, Bartin and others.

First found in Cheshire at Barton, a township, in the parish of Farndon, union of Great Boughton, Higher division of the hundred of Broxton. "The manor [of Barton] was anciently held under the barony of Malpas by the family of Barton, some monuments of whom, with their effigies, were formerly to be seen in Farndon church." [1] Over in Barton-Upon-Irwell in Lancashire another branch of the family was found. "Barton Old Hall, a brick edifice, now a farmhouse, was the seat successively of the Barton, Booth, and Leigh families." [1]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barton research. Another 259 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1015, 1163, 1506, 1534, 1534, 1466, 1511, 1598, 1678, 1614, 1684, 1659, 1681, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Barton History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 105 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Barton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Barton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 195 words (14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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:

Barton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Isack Barton, aged 27, arrived in Barbados in 1635
  • hack Barton, aged 27, arrived in Providence, Island of in 1635
  • Robt Barton, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
  • Robert Barton settled in Virginia in 1637
  • Elizabeth Barton who was recorded as having arrived in Maryland in 1639


Barton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Isaac Barton, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1714
  • Henry Barton, who landed in Virginia in 1719
  • Elizabeth Barton, who arrived in America in 1765
  • Jacob Barton, who arrived in America in 1792
  • John Barton, who landed in America in 1795

Barton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Christopher Barton, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • Ann Barton, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812
  • Johannes Barton, aged 37, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Nicholas Barton settled in Virginia in the same year
  • T. Barton settled in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1820


Barton Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Hugh Barton, who arrived in Arkansas in 1905
  • Hugh Barton who arrived in Arkansas in 1905

Barton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Edward Barton who, accompanied by his wife, came to Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Thos Barton, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Edwd Barton, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Bej Barton, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. Colonel Barton U.E who arrived in Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 418 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York


Barton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Patrick Barton from Tipperary, Ireland, was married in St. John's in 1827
  • David Barton, who arrived in Canada in 1831
  • David Barton who arrived in Canada in 1831
  • Michael Barton, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1834
  • Elijah Barton, who landed in Canada in 1841


Barton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Barton, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Richard Barton, English convict from Oxford, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • Edmund Barton, a schoolmaster, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • George Barton arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "John Renwick" in 1837
  • Henry Barton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Anna Robertson" in 1839


Barton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • James Barton landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Richard Barton, aged 37, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Oriental" in 1840
  • James Barton, aged 21, a gardener, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
  • Charles Barton, aged 19, a labourer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Poictiers" in 1850
  • W. Barton arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Belle Creole" in 1854


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  • William P.C. Barton (1786-1856), American medical botanist, physician, professor, naval surgeon, and botanical illustrator
  • William Barton (1748-1831), American Revolutionary War soldier, was best known for capturing an enemy general
  • Major-General Raymond Oscar Barton (1889-1963), American Commanding General 4th Division (1944)
  • Clarissa Harlowe "Clara" Barton (1821-1912), American teacher, nurse, and humanitarian and founder of the American Red Cross
  • Robert S. Barton (1925-2009), American computer scientist and chief architect of several computers made by Burroughs Corporation
  • Major General Raymond O. Barton (1890-1963), American Army officer and combat commander in World War I and World War II
  • Eileen Barton (1924-2006), American singer and radio actress
  • Mr. Sidney John Barton (d. 1912), aged 25, English Third Class Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. David John Barton (d. 1912), aged 22, English Third Class passenger from Cambridge, Cambridgeshire who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • John Bernard Addie Barton CBE (b. 1928), English stage director and co-founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company

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  • Barton-Green and Related Families by Ruth Lincoln Kay.
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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: Fide et fortitudine
Motto Translation: By fidelity and fortitude.

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  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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The Barton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Barton Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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