Barker Family Crest, Coat of Arms & Barker Name Origin

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Origin of the Name Barker

The ancient history of the name Barker was found in the archives. The name Barker is of occupational origin and is taken from a 'barker', an obsolete name used for a bark-stripper or the person who prepared bark for the tanner. This name is found in many mediaeval manuscripts in Scotland, England and Ireland. Examples of such are a Patrick Bercar who is recorded as holding land in Dunipace in the thirteenth century. An Alisaundre le Barker was recorded as Provost of the burgh of Haddington and rendered homage in the year 1296. Like their Irish Kinsmen many Scots were forced to seek emigration after the 1745 Rebellion and the consequent clearances of whole populations by landlords during the nineteenth century. In Ireland this name has existed in County Dublin since the mid sixteenth century, although the majority of descendants are located in Ulster Province, the name having been introduced there by settlers from England and Scotland.
The Barker coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Barker descendants.
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