Barr Family Crest, Coat of Arms & Barr Name Origin

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Origin of the Name Barr

The Barr family history was found in the archives. The name Barr has a number of different origins. When of Scottish origin it is from a place called Barr in Ayrshire and Barr in Renfrewshire. In modern times the name is found most often in Glasgow and is a common name in the Kilbarchan Commissariot Record. This name is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout Scotland and England. Examples of such are a Gunilda de la Barre, Hertfordshire, who was recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls' in the year 1273 and a Thomas ate Barr, Somerset, who was found in the ancient document 'Kirbys Quest'. In Ireland the name is found in Ulster having been introduced there during the seventeenth century from Scotland. It is also found in County Cork as an anglicized version of the Gaelic O'Baire sept who also changed their name to Barry.
The Barr 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 Barr descendants.
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