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Barry Surname History

The Barry family (Irishde Barra) is a family of Cambro-Norman origins which once had extensive land holdings in Wales and County Cork,Ireland. The founder of the family was a Norman knight, Odo de Barri who assisted in the Norman Conquest during the 11th century. As reward for his military services, Odo was granted estates in Pembrokeshire and around Barry, including Barry Island just off the coast and named after the 6th century Saint Baruc.


Odo’de Barri grandson, Gerald of Wales, a 12th century scholar, gives the origin of his family's name, de Barry, in his Itinerarium Cambriae (1191): "Not far from Caerdyf is a small island situated near the shore of the Severn, called Barri, from St. Baroc … . From hence a noble family, of the maritime parts of South Wales, who owned this island and the adjoining estates, received the name of de Barri."


Many family members later assisted in the Norman invasion of Ireland. For the family's services, King John of England awarded Philip's son, William de Barry, extensive baronies in the Kingdom of South Munster, specifically the defunct Uí Liatháin kingdom (O'Lethan and Imokilly) with its late seat at Castlelyons.


Odo de Barry was the grantee of the immense manor of Manorbierin Pembrokeshire, which included the manors of Jameston and Manorbier Newton, as well as the manors of Begelly and Penally. He built the first motte-and-bailey at Manorbier. His son, William FitzOdo de Barry, is the common ancestor of the Barry family in Ireland. He rebuilt Manorbier Castle in stone and the family retained the lordship of Manorbier until the 15th century.


Issue of William FitzOdo de Barry


He had sons: RobertPhilip, Walter and Gerald (better known as Giraldus Cambrensis) by Angharad (also known as Hangharad) daughter of Gerald de Windsor (died 1135) andNest ferch Rhys (died after 1136). After Gerald's death, Nest's sons married her to Stephen, her husband's constable of Cardigan Castle, by whom she had another two sons; the eldest was Robert Fitz-Stephen.



  • Robert de Barry accompanied his half-uncle Robert Fitz-Stephen in the Norman invasion of Ireland. He took part in the Siege of Wexford and was killed at the battle of Lismore in 1185.

  • Philip de Barry came to Ireland in 1185 to assist his half-uncle Robert Fitz-Stephen, and his first cousin Raymond FitzGerald (also known as Raymond Le Gros), in their efforts to recover lands in the modern county Cork - the cantreds of Killede, Olethan and Muscarydonegan.


The latter cantred, variously called Muscry-donnegan or "O'Donegan's country" or "Múscraighe Tri Maighe", was a rural deanery in the Diocese of Cloyne.[1] It is now identified as the barony of Orrery and Kilmore.[2] The name "Olethan" (or "Oliehan") is an anglicisation of the Gaelic Uí Liatháin which refers to the early medieval kingdom of the Uí Liatháin. Thispetty kingdom encompassed most of the present Barony of Barrymore and the neighbouring barony of Kinnatalloon. The name Killyde survives in "Killeady Hills", the name of the hill country south of the city of Cork.[3][4] These cantreds or baronies had been expropriated by another (half) first cousin, Ralph Fitz-Stephen (died 1182), the grandson of Nesta by Stephen, Constable of Cardigan. Robert Fitz-Stephen eventually ceded these territories to Philip de Barry, his half-nephew. On 24 February 1206, King John I of England confirmedWilliam de Barry, Philip's son, in the possession of these territories and, by letters patent, conferred on him the Lordships of Castlelyons, Buttevant and Barry's Court in East Cork[1]. The family would eventually acquire the honours of Viscount Buttevant and Earl of Barrymore.


Barryscourt Castle near Carrigtwohill was the seat of the Barry family from the 12th century until 1617 when they removed to Barrymore Castle in Castlelyons. In 1771, the 7th Earl saw Barrymore Castle burn to the ground.[5] The family fortunes were subsequently dissipatated by his issue, the 7th and 8th Earls.


The name of the town of Buttevant is believed to derive from the family's battle cry - Boutez-en-Avant, roughly translating as "Kick your way through".


 

Barry Discussion

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Kathleen LoBuglio As many people with Irish heritage have found out while working on their genealogies, it is difficult, if not impossible, to trace their Irish ancestors and the families they left behind in Ireland. So many Irish in the US can't get any further than the immigrant who settled in the this country.

I was hoping to locate a census, either US or NY State, of the 1860s or 1870s of the Essex County area. I know my great grandfather settled in Willsboro, New York. According to my great aunt, her father (my great grandfather) landed in Canada from Ireland in the 1850s then came to the US and settled in Essex County, New York. I am not sure when exactly, but I'm sure he was settled there by the 1870s and probably earlier. I think a good place to locate him would be the census because the census should list his country and city of origin as well as his parent's names, at least his father. My great aunt was born in 1876 in Essex County, NY, but was a child of my great grandfather's second marriage, his first wife having died in child birth. There were five surviving children from his first marriage and five surviving children from his second, my aunt being one of them from the second marriage.
Feb 20, 2005 · Reply
William Barry Michael Barry was born about 1816 in County Cork, Ireland. His wife was Mary Morrisey born about 1935 in County Cork, Ireland. They married about 1859. Ther first son James Barry was born in 1862 in County Cork, Ireland. Not long after that, the family emigrated to Western Australia. Michael Barry was a Pensioner Guard in the Prison Service in WA.Other children were born in Perth. James Barry trained to become a Tailor and worked in the Bubury/Colie area's. James Barry was my Great Grandfather.
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William Barry
Nov 19, 2008 · Reply
Kelly Barry My father was William Edward Barry - one of 12 children of Thomas Barry and Bridget Kelly (both born in Frampton, Quebec, Canada). My father's grandfather was John Barry - born 1810 in Ireland. And John's father was David Barry - born 1766 in Ireland.
My father maried in Canada (after having moved with his family to manchester, NH) - and then moved to NJ in the 1930s, where he raised his 6 sons. He died in NJ in 1988 at the age of 85.
Feb 02, 2009 · Reply
Margaret Bloodworth All I know is my father's name was Raymond William Barry. He was born in 1922 in either Bangor or Portland Maine and his father was at one time a police officer. There is some sort of french canadian connection as well. I noticed another story mentioned a Barry family coming in through Canada. I rarely meet a Barry, I noticed a veterinary clinic in Destin FL has that name for example, but would like to hear more about the family name.
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Barry Country of Origin, Nationality, & Ethnicity

The Barry family (Irish: de Barra) is a family of Cambro-Norman origins (Normandy,France) which once had extensive land holdings in Wales and County Cork,Ireland. The founder of the family was a Norman knight, Odo, who assisted in the Norman Conquest during the 11th century. As reward for his military services, Odo was granted estates in Pembrokeshire and around Barry, including Barry Island just off the coast and named after the 6th century Saint Baruc.  
The Barry surname comes from de Barri, a French Norman name which may have been derived from a small village in Normandy known as La Barre. family of Cambro-Norman origins (Normandy,France) which once had extensive land holdings in Wales and County Cork,Ireland. The founder of the family was a Norman knight, Odo, who assisted in the Norman Conquest during the 11th century. As reward for his military services, Odo was granted estates in Pembrokeshire and around Barry, including Barry Island just off the coast and named after the 6th century Saint Baruc.

Barry Meaning & Etymology

 Gerald of Wales, a 12th century scholar, gives the origin of his family's name, de Barry, in his Itinerarium Cambriae (1191): "Not far from Caerdyf is a small island situated near the shore of the Severn, called Barri, from St. Baroc … . From hence a noble family, of the maritime parts of South Wales, who owned this island and the adjoining estates, received the name of de Barri."

Barry Life Expectancy

According to our database of 22,837 people with the last name Barry that have a birth and death date listed:

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Most Common Barry First Names

According to our database of 43,383 people with the last name Barry that have a first name listed, these are the most common first names:

  • John 7.1%
  • James 4.3%
  • William 4.1%
  • Mary 4.0%
  • Thomas 2.7%
  • Edward 2.1%
  • Margaret 1.8%
  • Robert 1.8%
  • Michael 1.6%
  • Richard 1.6%
  • Joseph 1.5%
  • David 1.5%
  • Barry 1.3%
  • Patrick 1.3%
  • George 1.2%
  • Charles 1.1%
  • Catherine 1.1%
  • Elizabeth 0.9%
  • Ellen 0.9%
  • Helen 0.9%
  • Francis 0.7%
  • Daniel 0.6%
  • Anna 0.6%
  • Alice 0.6%
  • Henry 0.5%
  • Frank 0.5%
  • Arthur 0.4%
  • Dorothy 0.4%
  • Walter 0.4%
  • Florence 0.4%
  • Bridget 0.4%
  • Marie 0.4%
  • Annie 0.4%
  • Frances 0.3%
  • Raymond 0.3%
  • Albert 0.3%
  • Harold 0.3%
  • Donald 0.3%
  • Jean 0.3%
  • Rose 0.3%
  • Kathleen 0.3%
  • Sarah 0.3%
  • Lawrence 0.3%
  • Julia 0.3%
  • Ruth 0.3%
  • Patricia 0.3%
  • Ann 0.3%
  • Mildred 0.3%
  • Eugene 0.3%
  • Agnes 0.3%

Barry Pronunciation & Spelling Variations

Barry,Di Barri,De Barri,Di Barre,Barrymore

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