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Where did the English Barnicoat family come from? What is the English Barnicoat family crest and coat of arms? When did the Barnicoat family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Barnicoat family history?

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Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Barnicoat were recorded, including Barnicutt, Barnicott, Barnicot, Barnicoat, Barnicote, Barnecut, Barnecutt, Barnycott, Barneycott, Barricutt and many more.

First found in Devonshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1279 when Thomas de Bernecot from Deven branched to Oxfordshire and held estates.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barnicoat research. Another 169 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1297, 1455, and 1487 are included under the topic Early Barnicoat History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Barnicoat Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Barnicoat family emigrate to North America:

Barnicoat Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Henry Barnicoat, aged 36, who settled in America, in 1896
  • Kate Barnicoat, aged 51, who emigrated to the United States from Southampton, in 1896
  • Lila Barnicoat, aged 7, who landed in America from Southampton, in 1896
  • Olive Barnicoat, aged 1, who emigrated to America, in 1896
  • Sampson Barnicoat, aged 51, who landed in America from Southampton, in 1896

Barnicoat Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Clara R. Barnicoat, aged 33, who emigrated to the United States from Tregony, Cornwall, in 1906
  • Alfred H. Barnicoat, aged 31, who landed in America from Cardiff, Wales, in 1922

Barnicoat Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • J W Barnicoat landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Lord Auckland

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The Barnicoat Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Barnicoat 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.

This page was last modified on 23 August 2011 at 12:01.

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