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Origin: English

Barker - English coat of arms

Coat of Arms: A blue shield displaying a silver lion between eight small gold fleur-de-lis.

Crest: A griffin's head.

Motto: Fide sed cui vide.

Motto Translated: Trust, but in whom take care.

Origin: English

The Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain were the first to use the name of barker. The name had a practical origin since it came from when its initial bearer worked as a person who stripped trees of bark for tanning. The name barker is also an occupational name for a person who tended sheep at pasture.

Spelling variations include: Barker, Barkers, Barkes, Barkess, Barkere, Barkar and others.

First found in Cambridgeshire, where they were seated from ancient times.

Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its variants were: Edmund Barker, who sailed to Maine in 1625; Alice Barker to Virginia in 1648; Samuel Barker to West New Jersey in 1664; Elizabeth Barker to Barbados in 1669.

Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s

Name - year - place of arrival
Daniel Barker     1685               America
Elizabeth Barker  1620              America
John Barker     1679                  America
Mary Barker     1679                America
Thomas Barker  1700                America
Andrew Barker     1680             Barbados
Bassell Barker     1679              Barbados
Elizabeth Barker     1669           Barbados
James Barker     1659                Barbados
James Barker      1663               Barbados
John Barker     1657                  Barbados
John Barker     1679                  Barbados
John Barker     1694                  Barbados
John Barker      1697                 Barbados
Mary Barker     1679                 Barbados
Mary Barker     1635                 Barbados
Richard Barker     1659             Barbados

Barker Surname Meaning:

   1. English: occupational name for a tanner of leather, from Middle English bark(en) ‘to tan’, tree bark having been used as the tanning agent.
   2. English: occupational name for a shepherd, Anglo-Norman French bercher (Late Latin berbicarius, from berbex ‘ram’, genitive berbicis). With the change of -ar- to -er- in Middle English, this became indistinguishable from the preceding name.
   3. Altered spelling of German Barger or Berger.

Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4

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