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Origin of the Name Barry

The ancient history of the name Barry was found in the archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Barry include Barrie and Barrey. Meaning 'spearlike', this name is of Anglo-Norman descent spreading to Ireland, Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts in these countries. Examples of such are a William Barry of Buckinghamshire, England, who was recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls' in the year 1273. In Scotland a William de Barry was collector of contributions in Gowry sub Yleff in 1360. In Ireland the name was introduced following the Anglo-Norman invasion and can be regarded there as essentially Irish. They formed several Septs, the Chiefs of which were Barry Mor, Barry Og and Barry Roe. The first to arrive in this country was Philip de Barri, in the year 1179, who obtained grants of land in Barrymore, Orrery and Kinelea. Since the twelfth century the family has been seated in County Cork and in the present day half of the Irish Barrys are still found there.
The Barry 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 Barry descendants.
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