Barber / Family History
The Barber ancient family history was found in the irishsurnames.com archives. Meaning 'the barber', Barbour and Barber are occupational names from a person who cut hair, shaved beards, practised surgery, and pulled teeth. This name is of Anglo- Celtic origin and is found throughout England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It is found in many mediaeval manuscripts in the above islands. Examples of such are an Alexander le Barbur, London, who was recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England, in the year 1273 and a John Sturley and Agnes Barbor, who were granted a marriage license in London, in the year 1543. In Scotland a Gilbert le Barber was among Scots prisoners taken at Dunbar Castle in the year 1296, and an Aleyn le Barbur, of Are, rendered homage in the year 1296. In Ireland the name has been on record in Dublin from the year 1267. The place known as Barberstown in the parish of Saint Margarets, County Dublin, was formerly Barbedorstown. A William le Barbour was known as a man of substance in County Cork, in the year 1299.The Barber family crest (or coat of arms) came into existence many centuries ago. The process of creating these coats of arms began as early as the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this, including Ireland. The new more formalized art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own family crest, coat of arms, including Barber descendants.