Cambridgeshire, EnglandGenWeb Project - Barritt/Barrett
Parish Registers, Registrations, Census Returns
St. John Little Ouse and Brandon Bank
Samuel's eldest son, Robert
Sophia Attesley, wife of Robert Barritt
Richard and William, sons of Samuel and Mary
George, son of Samuel and Mary Barritt
Elijah, son of Robert and Sophia Barritt
Banyard, son of Robert and Sophia Barritt
John, son of Robert and Sophia Barritt
Ebenezer Barritt, son of Robert and Sophia Barritt
Thomas Barritt, youngest son of Robert and Sophia
George Barrett, son of George and Martha
James Barrett, son of George and Martha
Mary Ann Barritt, daughter of George and Martha
Rachel Barrett, daughter of George and Martha
Samuel Barrett, youngest son of George and
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Derivations of the name are Barrat, Barratt,
Barrett, Barritt, Barrott.
The first references found to include the name were Matthew Baret circa
1150-5 found in the 'Documents illustrative of the Social and Economic History
of the Danelaw' for Lincolnshire; Robert Baratte 1165 in the Pipe Rolls
for Nottinghamshire; Jordan Barat 1185 in the 'Records of the Templars
in the Twelfth Century' for Hertfordshire; Seman Barette 1207 in the
Pipe Rolls Hampshire; William Barrette (Barat) 1327 in the Subsidary
Rolls for Essex. This is a difficult name. There seems no evidence for a derivation
from Old German Beroald, Old French Beruad, as has been suggested.
Old Norse Bárðr is found in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire in
the Doomsday Book as Bared, Baret, but there is no proof of
its continued use. The commonest form is Barat and this must be from
Old French Barat, Medieval English Bar(r)at, Bar(r)et(te),
which accounts for all forms. The original sense in Romanic seems to have been
'traffic, commerce, dealing' and in Medieval English 'trouble, distress' (circa
1230); 'deception, fraud' 1292; 'contention, strife' circa 1300, from any of
which a nickname could arise. Occasionally we may have Old French barrette
'a cap, bonnet', as an occupation name, 'a maker of caps'.
'A Dictionary of British Surnames' by P.H. Reaney,
Second Edition, published by Routledge & Kegan Paul, second edition, ISBN
0 7100 8106 5
For Barrett see Barratt, of which it
is the far commoner form.
Barrat(t), nickname, 'commerce, chaffering' or 'trouble'
or 'fraud' or 'contention, strife' Old French - all these meanings could lead
to nicknames. But sometimes an occupational name 'cap-/bonnet-(maker)' Old
French, a metonym.
'The Penguin Dictionary of Surnames' by Basil Cottle , second
edition, ISBN 0 14 051032
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