St Barb History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the St Barb family
The surname St Barb was first found in Somerset where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book,  indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the village and lands in Somerset, held by Robert de St.Barbe, of Ste.Barbe en Poitout in Haut Vienne, in Normandy, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. Robert was at the Battle of Hastings.
Early History of the St Barb family
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St Barb Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Simbar, St.Barb, St.Barbe, St Barbe, St Barb and others.
Early Notables of the St Barb family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the St Barb family to Ireland
Some of the St Barb family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the St Barb family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Anne Simbarb, who arrived in Maryland in 1665.
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- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)