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Barrass Coat of Arms / Barrass Family Crest

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The surname of BARRASS was a locational name 'the dweller at the barrow' a long low hill. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. Surnames derived from placenames are divided into two broad categories; topographic names and habitation names. Topographic names are derived from general descriptive references to someone who lived near a physical feature such as an oak tree, a hill, stream or a church. Habitation names are derived from pre-existing names denoting towns, villages and farmsteads. Other classes of local names include those derived from the names of rivers, individual houses with signs on them, regions and whole countries. The name was derived from the Old English word BEARU, and is listed in the Domesday Book as BERO (without surname) in the year 1086. It is a variant of the surname Barrow, and this spelling of BARRASS is familiar to the West Midlands. Early records of the name also mention Walter de la Barowe, during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377). John de Barewe, County Somerset, ibid. Edward Barrowe of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Thomas Barrows married Mary Jones at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in the year 1759. A notable member of the name was Isaac Barrow (1630-77) the English mathematician and divine, born in London. He was educated at Charterhouse and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he became a fellow in 1649. He founded the library of Trinity College, Cambridge, when he became a master there in 1673. He published Latin verses, and gave sermons, once at Westminster Abbey he detained the congregation for so long that they got the organ to play 'till they had blowed him down'. As early as the year 1100, it was quite common for English people to give French names to their children, and the earliest instances are found among the upper classes, both the clergy and the patrician families. The Norman-French names used were generally the names most commonly used by the Normans, who had introduced them into England during the Norman Invasion of William the Conqueror in 1066. The associated arms are recorded in Rietstaps Armorial General.

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