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Early Origins of the Barwick family

The surname Barwick 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 Barwick family

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Barwick Spelling Variations

Although the name, Barwick, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname was shown with the spellings Barwick, Barwicke and others.

Early Notables of the Barwick family

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 numerou...
  • His younger brother, Peter Barwick (1619-1705), was an English physician in ordinary to King Charles II. "Like his elder brother, he was educated at Sedbergh school, and St. John's College, Cambridge...

Barwick Ranking

In the United States, the name Barwick is the 10,533rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [5]

United States Barwick migration to the United States +

Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of cholera, typhoid, dysentery or small pox. In North America, some of the first immigrants who could be considered kinsmen of the Barwick family name Barwick, or who bore a variation of the surname were

Barwick Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Barwick, who landed in Virginia in 1619 [6]
  • Tho Barwick, who arrived in Virginia in 1622 [6]
  • Thomas Barwick, who settled in Virginia in 1622
  • Laurence Barwick, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Lawrance Barwick, aged 20, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [6]
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Barwick Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mary Barwick, who landed in Virginia in 1702 [6]
  • William Barwick, who landed in New Jersey in 1754 [6]

Australia Barwick migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Barwick Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Barwick, English convict from Essex, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • James Barwick, a joiner, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • John Barwick, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Calphurnia" in 1849 [8]

West Indies Barwick migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [9]
Barwick Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Samuel Barwick, who landed in Barbados in 1666 [6]
Barwick Settlers in West Indies in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Barwick who settled in Dominica in 1774

Contemporary Notables of the name Barwick (post 1700) +

  • Sir Richard Llewellyn Barwick (1916-1979), 3rd Baronet Barwick of Ashbrooke Grange, Durham
  • Sir John Storey Barwick (1876-1953), 2nd Baronet Barwick of Ashbrooke Grange, Durham
  • Sir John Storey Barwick (1840-1915), 1st Baronet Barwick of Ashbrooke Grange, Durham, English coalfitter and shipowner
  • Brian Barwick, English sports official
  • Terry Barwick (b. 1983), English professional footballer
  • Doug Barwick (b. 1962), Australian rules football player
  • Sir Garfield Edward John Barwick (1903-1997), Australian judge, Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia

  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
  5. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  6. 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)
  7. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from
  8. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The CALPHURNIA 1849. Retrieved from
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