Barton Name Study

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This is a One Name Study to collect together in one place everything about the surname Barton and its variants. The hope is that other researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect.

General Information

The Barton surname in today's United Kingdom dates from the earliest usages of family names for taxation purposes and is said to be a locative one; i.e., it is derived from one or more place names. It sprang independently in several places at about the same time. These places include: Barton-under-Needwood in Staffordshire (some researchers cite Anglo Saxon Chronicle, 942AD, but a careful examination of it reveals no such entry), Barton in Yorkshire, the ancient county of Kent, and in Lancashire. Read more at

'Barton' is commonly thought to mean, in essence, 'barley farm'; deriving from 'bere' ('barley') and 'tun' ('settlement' or 'enclosure'). Wikipedia dissents and says it is an archaic English word meaning 'lands of the manor or meadow'.

This ancient and distinguished surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is either a topographical name from residence by an outlying grange, deriving from the Olde English pre 7th Century "bere", barley, and "tun", enclosure, settlement, or a locational name from any of the various places named with the above elements. These places include: Barton in Staffordshire appearing as "Barton" in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, dated 942, and as "Bertone" in the Domesday Book of 1086; Barton in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Warwickshire and Lincolnshire, all entered as "Bertone" in the Domesday Book, and also Barton in Kent, Suffolk, and the North Riding of Yorkshire. Early examples of the surname include: Paganus de Barton (Yorkshire, 1163); John de la Berton (Kent, 1273) and Thomas de Bartone of Ayrshire, who rendered homage in 1296. A leading family of the name settled in Ireland in the 13th Century, and are mainly identified with Straffan, County Kildare. Notable namebearers were: Andrew Barton, the Scottish naval commander, who cleared Scottish coasts of Flemish pirates in 1506, and Edward Barton, second English ambassador to Constantinople (1590). A Coat of Arms granted to a Barton, who was Lord Mayor of London, 1416 - 1430, is an ermine shield, on a saltire sable, an annulet gold, voided of the first. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Aelfric aet Bertune, which was dated 1015, in the "Anglo-Saxon Name Register", during the reign of Ethelred the Unready, 978 - 1016. 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 - 2017

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Famous Bartons

  • Andrew Barton (c. 1466–1511) Lord High Admiral of the Kingdom of Scotland
  • Benjamin Barton (born 1977) American independent film actor and screenwriter
  • Bernard Barton (1784-1849) known as the Quaker poet
  • Bruce Fairchild Barton (1886–1967) U.S. Congressman
  • Chris Barton (born 1987) English actor and singer
  • Clara Barton (1821-1912) founder of the American Red Cross
  • David Barton (1783-1837) U.S. Senator
  • Edmund Barton (1849–1920) first Australian Prime Minister
  • Emily Barton (born 1969) American novelist
  • Frederick Barton (1900-1993) British pentathlete
  • Geoffrey Barton (1844–1922) British major general
  • George Aaron Barton (1859-1942) Canadian author and clergyman
  • H. Arnold Barton (born 1920) American historian
  • John Barton (1755–1789) English abolitionist
  • John Barton (born 1957) Canadian poet
  • John Kennedy Barton (1853–1921) United States Navy rear admiral
  • Mischa Barton (born 1986) British-American fashion model and actress
  • Peter Barton (born 1955) historian of World War I
  • Peter Barton (born 1956) American actor
  • Robert Barton (born 1970) British actor
  • Samuel Barton (1785–1858) U.S. Congressman
  • Seth Barton (1829–1900) Confederate general
  • William Edward Barton (1868–1955) U.S. Congressman

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Hi! I added text to the companion category for your name study (Category:Barton Name Study). Feel free to edit it. The default for the template is to add the main category, but you can add a line to have a different category. See the ONS template page for details. Give me a holler if you have any questions about categorization.

I also created a redirect, so Project:Barton (the link for the button from the Barton surname page) brings you to this page.

Cheers, Liz

posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett