Barretts In Berkshire

Tracing the movement and settlement of the family in Berkshire with the hope of finding the earliest date and possibly where they originated!Many professional researchers seem to be of the opinion that people generally stay within the district they are born. Maybe many folk did, especially before transport became easier with trains and other transport but I cannot wholly agree with this view.How did the Romans get from London to Hadrian’s Wall let alone across the globe? What about troop movements in our own Civil War (1644 ish). What about waterways and the horse & cart, stage coaches etc plus we forget that people walked miles without thinking about it.We are already aware from past research that the family were established in Fyfield & Longworth from the second half of the 18th century and through most of the 19th.There are many gaps in the early part of the tree which hopefully this research may help us to complete.FYFIELDThe 13th century church of St.…

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Barrett Name Origin

  The origin of the Barrett name is unclear.  When my father Ferberd Henry Barrett ("Fred" 1923 - 2003) carried out some family history research in the late 1960's he came to this conclusion:It's unclear what the struck-through characters mean on the third line up.  Did he mistype?  Did he mean to type 'Barre?' Or was he trying to represent what is shown on the memorial?Well, as the Battle Roll is all online now it was easy to check, and he did mean 'Barre.'  This is one of 629 names according to Wikipedia, although there are several duplicates and disputed names so the real number is lower.  So we can draw a couple of quick conclusions:The Battle Roll does not support the idea that "...a Barrett came over with William the Conqueror."Barre would have been a nobleman.  Commoners were not listed in the Roll.It's nice to think we might be of noble stock and if the name "Barre" morphed into "Barrett" perhaps we are.…

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