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Early Origins of the Barwach family

The surname Barwach was first found in Northumberland, from very ancient times where they took their name from the county of Berwick to the north. In the Domesday Book, a "berewica generally means an outlying portion of a manor." [1]

John de Berwic was rector of Renfrew in 1295, and in the year following Geoffry of Berewick, burgess of Roxburgh, rendered homage to King Edward I of England. "Magister Johannes de Beruyc witnessed the gift of half of Litel Gouen to the Hospital of Polmade (Polmadie) in 1320. Patrick de Berwic received a payment from the Exchequer in 1328. William de Berwyic was burgess of Aberdeen in 1317 and Robert de Berewick burgess there in 1333." [2]

Further to the south, the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Sampson de Berwyk and Philip de Berwyke in Wiltshire. [3]

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Johannes de Berwyk as holding lands there at that time.

John Barwick (fl. 1340), was an early English theologian who took his name from Berwick, where he appears to have been born or brought up. "From Berwick he seems to have removed to the Franciscan schools at Oxford, at which university he became a doctor of theology." [4]

Early History of the Barwach family

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Barwach Spelling Variations

The name, Barwach, occurred in many references, and from time to time, it was spelt Barwick, Barwicke and others.

Early Notables of the Barwach family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Sir Thomas Barwick of Inholmes; and John Barwick (1612-1664) was an English Royalist churchman and Dean of St. Paul's Cathedral. "His parents probably belonged to that yeoman class which is so numerous in the north, for they are described as 'honest people who had a small estate.' John was the third of five sons, and he and his brother Peter were selected by their parents as the two who were to be ' bred scholars.' After having spent a little time unsatisfactorily at two or three small grammar schools in the...
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Migration of the Barwach family

The New World beckoned settlers from the Scottish-English borders. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Among the early settlers bearing the Barwach surname who came to North America were: Lawrence Barwick who settled in Virginia in 1645; Thomas Barwick who settled in Dominica in 1774; Thomas Barwick settled in Virginia in 1622; Thomas Barwick settled in New Jersey in 1677..

  1. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print on Facebook