Last name: Barnes

This interesting surname has three possible origins; firstly, it may be a topographical name or occupational name of Anglo-Saxon origin, for someone who lived or worked at a barn, deriving from the genitive case or plural of the Middle English "barn", a development of the Olde English pre 7th Century "bern", meaning barn, granary. The placename Barnes, on the Surrey bank of the Thames in West London, has the same origin, and some bearers may be members of families hailing from there. Secondly, it may be of Anglo-Saxon and Old Norse origin, and is the name borne by the son or servant of a berne, a term used in the early Middle Ages for a member of the upper classes. It derives from the Olde English "beorn", Old Norse "barn" meaning young warrior. Barne was occasionally used as a given name from an Olde English, Old Norse byname, and some examples of the surname may derive from this use. Thirdly, it may be of Irish origin, an Anglicized form of the Gaelic "O'Bearain", descendant of Bearan, a byname meaning spear. London Church Records list the marriage of John Barnes to Joane Bowes on September 16th 1539 at St. Mary Woolnoth. One Barnabie Barnes was an early emigrant to the New World, leaving London on the "Transport" in July 1635, bound for Virginia. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Philip de Bernes, which was dated 1250, in "Sir Christopher Hatton's Book of Seals of Surrey", during the reign of King Henry 111, known as "The Frenchman", 1216 - 1272. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Georgia Barnes Jones
It would be great if all you proud Barnes people would have a DNA Y-chromosome test so we can tell whoes who, Especially those Barnes from other countries who would like to hook up with we Barnes in the United States.

theodore barnes
iam from rsa

theodore barnes
are all you barnes head stong

Sneha Barnes
Hello all the Barnes......, I am so glad to read so many posts from Barnes. I am forth generation since India got Independent and it was my great Grand Father William Barnes who decided to settled down in India in Chennai. Then after my Grand Father-Mr. James W. Barnes who settled in one of the states named as Gujarat and so since last more than 60-65 years we are in this state. Till my knowledge we have never met Barnes surname people else in India except my own cousins residing in the parts of other state of India known as Maharashtra. My father-Mr.Stanislaus J. Barnes tried to find people with same surname but we could not so it would be great if any one residing with same surname get into contact with us.

Kelli Barnes
Yup my family is very head strong. Hard workers too. I'm from australia

Jason Barnes
Its great to see so many. I mean I always wanted to know the geneology of the name.

Jason Barnes
Btw. Im from Trinidad 5th Gen

Elizabeth Barnes
Hey fellow Barnes'. I think it is really cool that there are so many Barnes' commenting hear. Love you all from Australia

Sharon Barnes
My birth name is sharon Barnes my dads name was Norman frank Barnes I think he was from Southampton area not definite on that don't know anything about back round of my family and have not been able to find any relatives although I think he had brothers and sisters

Sharon Barnes
Hi everyone I'm a Barnes from United Kingdom I canot find anyone or anything on my family history my dad died aged 61 over thirty years ago and I cannot find anyway of tracing family history my dad did have brothers and sisters from Southampton England as far as I know but keep looking but keep coming up against brick walls my dad was born in 1921

Christopher Barnes, Jr.
Yo,This Christopher Barnes and i would like to say there are many good first name before Barnes and I would like to say God bess use for letting use have the last name of Barnes

Jesse Barnes
Yet another Barnes checking in from the eastern part of North Carolina. I can't say with any absolute certainty where my family originated. I know it came from England by the turn of the 19th century at least and there the trail ends. Family lore has it that our branch was not exactly the noblest of peoples and were run out of the country under odd circumstances. Now this is not something to be proud of but the lineage itself is said to trace back to the Scots lowlands. I really wish I knew the whole story since I grew up understanding that nic timeo nec sperno (neither fear nor despise) was our family coat of arms motto. Through the best of times and the worst of times, I'm still proud to have such a surname. God bless us all!

Jacob Barnes
i cant figure this out my family is pretty much all german how did we come from enland??

Clark Barnes
I'm from Southeastern North Carolina, and I love being a Barnes! Rock on Barnes's where ever you might be!

Hayden Barnes
Wow. Usually there's only trouble with so many Barnes around! I'm from Mississippi, and I have no idea how my family got the name or where we came from. But it's super cool to talk to my potential long lost relatives!

Fabian Barnes
Hi I am from Jamaica, I am searching for my Barnes family linage, there are may Barnes in Jamaica and also In Trinidad and I was hoping to connect with them.

Ernesto Borio Barnes
Hi, we're from Argentina, our branch of Barnes came here on the XIX century from South Africa and before that from England of course.

John Scott Barnes
Hello, fellow Barnes. Another hard-headed Barnes here - currently near Richmond (Virginia, not England). I can only trace my lineage to around 1780 in Maryland. There's some evidence I'm descended from Richard Barnes, a bishop from South Lancashire in the 1500s. I hope to find some confirmation.

SarahMcBraathen
I'm looking for an Alfred/Albert Barnes who was a US GI in the 1950s, maybe you can help me , he would of spent time in the UK in Butonwood army base.
He is of Afro-American race . If you could help me My email is smcevitt@hotmail.com

Rochelle Barnes
WOW, I had no clue there were so many Barnes'. I am from Washington, DC and apparently there are a number of Barnes' there. My grandmother is 1 of 19 so I have no idea how large my family is. I would like to know more though.

michael r barnes
Hey guys my names michael barnes, i live in county durham. in the north east of the uk. im trying to research my family history but i have a problem. My biological dad is called Randall (Andy) Barnes, he walked out on me, my brother, sisters and my mother. I have no contact with him. Because of this im finding it hard to follow my family tree if any one recognises my fathers name please let me know. My email is bessylvzkirsty@live.co.uk

randell barnes
how many people has the same name

Black Moon

Cedric Michael Barnes India , Now i have no ideas Beyond That :)

brittney barnes

Hello to all my missing family members my name im Brittney Barnes I was born in Augusta Georgia . My dad and I was just sitting talking and watching the movie red tails . He told me that my grandfather that passed 3years ago started fighting in a segregated army which he was in for 36 years on paper tell he was force to retire from what I know from Charleston MS we have family that I know in Ohio Chicago MS Maryland and Georgia ...I was jus wonder beyond the US and currently searching for my African tribe ....

Judy Tomlin

My gg grandfather was William Charles Barnes b. 08 Jan 1843 in Whitechapel, Middlesex, England and his parents were John Barnes and Mary Edge. I have his marriage record, and his death record. He married Jane Robertson Paxton b. 19 Sep 1843 in South Leith, Midlothian, Scotland. They had Beatrix, John, William, David and Mary. Then he married Euphemia Hook b. 1843 in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland and they had William, Euphemia, Andrew (died at birth), and Annie - my great grandmother. I do not know any info on John and wife Mary Edge, except their Marriage 1833 18 Aug Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England at St. Chad's. Hope to find marriage record and maybe siblings.

Jason Barnes

Well I was born in Trinidad and Tobago, and to be honest I'd like to know I believe its irish but uncertain.

Gene Autry Barnes

My name is Gene Autry Barnes. my great grand father was Thomas Barnes SR my grand father was Thomas Barnes JR my father was James Cleveland Barnes they say they were from England. can some one posting on here help me out with that.

Fraser Anthony Barnes

my name is Fraser Anthony Barnes I am from Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland. My fathers name was Fraser Kenneth Barnes and he was from Edinburgh. However his parents moved to Canada and bought a ranch and I really wish i could dig deeper into my family tree. mightyhero118@gmail.com I am very new to this kind of thing so I am not sure about how to go about things feel free to contact me if you have any advice.

Sandra Barnesd

My husband is from indiana and he is a Barnes....

Sandra Barnes

My husband is a Barnes and we are from Indiana.