Last name: Barnett

Although this famous surname is of early Anglo-Saxon pre 7th Century origins, its longevity in Ireland is such, and its spread through the country so embracing, that it may also be regarded as Irish in its own right. Found in the spellings of Barnet, Barnett, Barnatt, Burnet, and Burnett, the name is either topographical for one who lived on "land cleared by burning" (Baernet) or is a derivative form of the personal name "Bernhard" meaning "brave-bear". The earliest recordings are those of Brictnod de la Bernet in Sussex, circa 1200, and John Barnet, Bishop of Worcester and Treasurer of All England, who died in 1373. The early recordings in Ireland include Steven Barnatt of Templemore, Derry, christened on May 20th 1660, whilst other recordings include: John Barnett of Macroom, on May 4th 1773; Denis Barnett of Rosscarbery, on November 6th 1864; and Cornelius Barnett, and his wife the former Ellen Hurly, who were witnesses at the christening of their son, John, at Skibbereen, County Cork, on May 2nd 1866. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Jane Barnett, which was dated January 29th 1656, marriage to James Davison, in County Derry, Ulster, Ireland, during the reign of Commonwealth, 1649 - 1659. 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.

© Copyright: Name Origin Research 1980 - 2015

Want to dig deeper into your family history? Take a look at our page on building a Family Tree. Or get scientific and enter the exciting world of Ancestral DNA!

Surname Scroll

Enjoy this name printed onto our colourful scroll, printed in Olde English script. An ideal gift. View Details.
PayPal Acceptance Mark
Surname Scroll

I am Sara, maiden name Barnett. I am just starting my search. Trying to trace the earliest records, I am getting conflicting information that we are from Ireland, Scotland, or England. Does anyone know if these clans all have common ancestors?

Steven rodgers
My name is steven i am from ohio my dads name is richard barnett just wanted to put my name out there with his so if any of my kids try looking up where we come from

heather barnett
My name is Heather Barnett and I am a direct grand daughter to Pocahantas. As most of you probably know the Barnetts are full of Native Americans. I am cherokee, powatan, choctaw and creek, and probably some for tribes. I am a member of Piqua Shawnee Tribe

Brian Binding
My mum was a Barnett and I have traced them back to 1690 in Stogursey Somerset UK. I have always been told we originate fron County Cork in Ireland but can,t find a connection yet Any ideas

Lisa Bragg (Barnett) Leavitt
My biological father was Charles Barnett (from West Virginia-believe he was in the military) he and my mother met and he is my father though I apparently only met him when I was a baby or toddler. He later (?) had a son named Mitchell and a wife named Hazel from his obituary -- to my knowlege he died in 1979. If anyone has ANY information about him I would love to find a half-brother that probably doesn't know I exist. 208-604-5472. Thank you!

Martha Sofronsky
My great grandfather is Andrew Barnett live in Jamaica W.I from Scotland,early late 1800. any information would be helpfull

carole Barnett
My name is Carole Barnett and my father is/was Willilam Adolphus Barnett who was born in St Ann Jamaica. Anyone related to him?

My name is Tashann Barnet. My Grandfathers name is Winston Barnett- Cumberbatch he is from Barbados. I am aware he had an Irish Grandfather this is all I know.

ann shackleton
If you have any relatives with the surname Barnett born in County Antrim Ireland, please contact me

my names Johnathan Barnett i live in Ohio i'm the son of Jerry Barnett who was born in PA near Waterford he has to brothers named Michel (Mike) we also have family in the Dallas taxes area if i have any relatives out there or people who have qustions that are reading this please contact me @

Braxton Barnett
I was born in Idaho, father is Vance Barnett, he was born in Utah. in 1913, He's 99 this year and going for 100+

Roger Barnett
Whilst I now live in Melbourne Australia I was born in Sutton Coldfield England. Sutton Coldfield is a town just outside of Birmingham. My family tree goes from Birmingham through Nottingham where my great grandfather was a licensed victualler to Shepton Mallet in Somerset in the early 1800. My ancestor Samual Barnett was in the Napoleonic war as he was absent from the family between 1803 - 1812. Samuel was married to Susannah Adams. The name Adams does suggest an Irish link but I can find no information prior to 1803. I do know they were independent churchgoers. Please contact by email if you have any information

Paul Barnett
I also live in Ohio! My family primarily lives in Tennessee and moved north for work in the middle 1900's. Although I have not been able to recover any records, my family always told me that our Barnett's came from Ayrshire. Is there anyway of being able to trace this? All our old family documents had been destroyed years ago.

Don Webster
My grandmother, Alice Maud Trollip married a Barnett in the eastern Cape, South Africa, in about 1904. I am trying to trace his origin.

Barnett CAN be Irish but my family is of Anglo Saxon origin near Abergavenny which is on the border between Wales and England. I have felt that the Barnett's were originally from Ireland. The male Y chromosome id I1 m-253 and this implies Anglo-Saxon or Viking origin. For those that truly want origin,beyond traditional research,pay some money and have the genetic testing done. It will clarify a lot. My mother's MTDNA is H8,which is rare in a woman with primarily Northern Irish roots. Best of luck,but in my humble opinion,to ultimately do it right,you must eventually check the DNA! Brad Barnett

Taylor Barnett
I was wondering if any of you may live in (or near) Arkansas/Mississippi as I live in Arkansas and know i have family in both of the 2 states. The oldest relatives I know are Virgil Barnett, Vera Barnett (Watson), Hazel Barnett.

Shelley Barnett
I have been a Barnett all my life and live in Toronto Canada. My parents are from Swansea Wales. And the icing on top, we are Jewish. When I was young I thought that Barnett was a Welsh Jewish name - because that were all the Barnetts I knew. It was a shock to me that another Welsh person that I meet didn't even know that there were Jews in Wales. So a big shout to my other Jewish Barnetts..Shalom

Glacer Brittany Barnett
My father is Graham Barnett and he comes from New Zealand but he has told me that his father's (my grandfather's) roots trace back to England while his mother's (my grandmother's) roots trace back to Scotland. Any help on this, please?

Sandra Drayton
Trying to trace my G/G/G Grandfather John Barnett c 1770, don't know when or where he was born, married hephzibar Barker on 14/2/1791 at St. Nicholas Cole Abbey, London and they had 10 children, Susannah b 1791, Ebenezer b 1794, Josiah b 1796, George Caleb b 1800, John Barker b 1801, Hephzibar b 1803. Samuel b 1805, Jane b 1807, Elizabeth b 1809 and Samuel b 1811.All children born in Spitalfields, Clerkenwell. Any info. would be gratefully received. I live in Australia. e-mail Thank you

Jacob Barnett
My fathers great great grandfather was a native american. He was taken from his family and out into a boarding school and they changed his last name to Barnett. He was so young he never remembered what his real given last name was.

David Pacovsky
Hi everybody.
We have found Sidur (The Jewish prayer book) that was dedicated to Eric Hyman John Barnett, sodier of Royal Artillery, 140th Medium Regt by his friend. Eric has died in Italy during the WWII on 30th June 1944. We already know that Eric is burried in Assisi War Cemetary in Italy. We would like to give the Sidur in commemoration to anyone from his family and we hope there is still anyone living. What we have found is, that mother of Eric was Dorothy Pauline Etty Simmons-Barnett of Maida Hill London. We have found some other records of his mother, but it doesn't help us in looking for his relatives. Can you help us to find anyone from his family? If so, let me know on my e-mail:


My GGrandpa was Joseph James Barnett born in Kentucky died in Arkansas Ggrandma was Nancy Johnson. I have heard that they were Cherokee but have been unable to find proof. if anyone can help with that I would appreciate it.


My grandfather was Steven Barnett and his family lived in Berwick up on tweed in the uk


My grandfather is supposed to be half Cherokee and half English. He lived in Whitwell TN.

Stephen Barnett

It was interesting to read many of these posts. My father who is now deceased was Robert Eugene Barnett. He was born in Indiana. His father (my grandfather) was John Thomas Barnett. I was told that my grandfather was an orphan so tracing my family roots would be difficult if not impossible. My grandmother (Sylvia) was a Crawford before marrying my grandfather. I have noticed talk on here about Native American Barnett's. Got me wondering about my father's coal black hair especially since my grandmother's hair was red? Anybody here know any Barnett's from Indiana (Rushville)?

Gary barnett

Hi my name is Gary Barnett and i am 11 and my father is Troy barnett


Greetings, fellow Barnetts! My name is Joy Barnett, and I'm researching my father's side of the family. His name was Lee Roy Barnett, his father's name was Jim Barnett, and his mother's name was Sarah Barnett. His great paternal grandfather's name was Jack Barnett (who I believe was from East TN), who married a Polly (I don't know her maiden name, but according to census records, her family was from Indiana). My father had jet black hair, blue eyes, and had told me that he had Cherokee blood. I am awaiting my DNA test results, have reached all I can find from, and would appreciate any other hints as to how to proceed to find out more about my family.


I am looking for any relatives of George Barnett (now aged 39) from Northern Ireland