Barrett Family History & Genealogy

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Barrett Last Name History & Origin

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Updated Jun 18, 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.

Early Barretts

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1587 - 1660
1622 - 1656
1647 - Mar 5, 1718
1650 - Unknown
1684 - 1760
1734 - 1798
1766 - 1862
1785 - around 1857
1790 - 1876
1800 - 1880

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Most Common First Names

Sample of 19 Barrett Biographies

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

These are the longest-lived members of the Barrett family on AncientFaces.

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

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