Barrett Family History & Genealogy

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Barrett Last Name History & Origin

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Updated Nov 12, 2020

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Name Origin

Barrett (sometimes spelled Barret or Barratt) is a surname that has been associated with several different people, places and organisations. It is a popular Anglo-Irish surname, both in Southeast England, and Southwest Ireland. It is most common in the Irish counties of Mayo and Galway but particularly County Cork, and within England, East Anglia, especially Norfolk. The Gaelic version of the name is Barόid in the south and Bairéid in the west. The Barretts of Ireland first appeared following the Norman invasion, hired as mercenaries from Wales. As with many other Anglo-Norman families, they were quickly assimilated into Irish culture. As an English surname, it is thought to derive from an Old English word meaning "quarrelsome" or "deceitful", or from a corruption of the Norman personal name Barnard or Berold. Another translation for Barrett is "warlike people."[1]

Spellings & Pronunciations

Barrett, Barret, Barratt

Nationality & Ethnicity

This interesting surname was introduced into Ireland by the Anglo-Norman invaders of 1169 and 1170. One branch of the family, initially called Barratt, settled in County Cork and their name was rendered "Baroid" in Irish. The second branch called Barrett established themselves in the Connacht counties of Mayo and Galway, where the name was Gaelicized as "Bareid". The former is regarded as Norman-French, deriving from the old French male given name Baraud, ultimately from the Germanic Ber(n)wald, composed of the elements "ber(n)", bear, plus "wald", rule. The latter is Anglo-Saxon having its origins in the old English Beornheard or the old German Bernhard, personal names composed of the elements "ber(n)", bear, plus "hard", brave, strong. Eventually, the surname was spelt Barrett in both Munster and Connacht and the county Cork family were influential enough to give their name to an extensive territory i.e., Barrett's Country. The North Mayo Barretts were Lords of Tirawley and the chief of this sept (founded on the Irish model) was known as MacWattin. The names of several of the Mayo Barretts are included in the "Composition Book of Connacht", dated 1585. Richard Barrett, (circa 1740 - 1818), known as "the Poet of Erris" was also a prominent United Irishman. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Baireid, which was dated circa 1350, "The Annals of Connacht", during the reign of King Edward 111 of England, "The Father of the Navy", 1327 - 1377. 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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Early Barretts

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1587 - 1660
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1622 - 1656
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1647 - Mar 5, 1718
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1650 - Unknown
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1684 - 1760
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1734 - 1798
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1766 - 1862
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1790 - 1876
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1800 - 1880

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Sample of 19 Barrett Biographies

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Dec 16, 1950 - Dec 26, 2005
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Nov 7, 1898 - June 1961
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Jan 17, 1929 - Oct 21, 2010
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Dec 1, 1889 - Jun 18, 1990
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Aug 5, 1899 - Aug 6, 1991
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Sep 27, 1907 - September 1964
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Aug 13, 1889 - July 1972
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Feb 17, 1916 - September 1981
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Apr 3, 1906 - Oct 27, 2001
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Apr 3, 1911 - October 1984
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Oct 18, 1898 - May 1960
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Oct 23, 1919 - Jan 19, 2008
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Nov 14, 1914 - September 1983
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c. 1925 - Unknown
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c. 1973 - Unknown
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c. 1890 - Nov 30, 1935
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Unknown - Unknown
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Unknown - Unknown
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c. 1910 - Unknown

Barrett Death Records & Life Expectancy

The average age of a Barrett family member is 69.1 years old according to our database of 41,060 people with the last name Barrett that have a birth and death date listed.

Life Expectancy

69.1 years

Oldest Barretts

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Jul 18, 1853 - August 1974
121 years
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Feb 2, 1877 - January 1986
108 years
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Apr 28, 1885 - Dec 20, 1993
108 years
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Mar 10, 1868 - June 1976
108 years
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Sep 19, 1903 - Dec 24, 2009
106 years
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Apr 21, 1889 - Jan 15, 1996
106 years
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Sep 1, 1880 - February 1987
106 years
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Aug 23, 1899 - Jan 5, 2006
106 years
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Mar 4, 1902 - Mar 2, 2008
105 years
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Mar 12, 1885 - Jul 26, 1990
105 years

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Lori Russell
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My Barrett's are in Muskegon and Montcalm Michigan area. I have a famous one that lived in Lowell Michigan. He was in a war
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