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(primarily Count Cork and County Fermanagh occurances)


(1) Anglo-Norman, Philip de Barry (1179), ) Barry family in Cork after 12th century Norman invasions, Motto: “Boutez en avent” (to strike forward)

(2) The first bearer of the surname to arrive in Ireland was Robert de Barri, one of the original band of Norman knights who landed at Bannow in Co Wexford in May 1169, and a brother of Giraldus Cambrensis, historian of the invasion.. The name comes from the earlier association of the family with the island of Barry, seven miles southwest of Cardiff in Wales. From the start the family were prominent in the settlement of east Cork, and were soon absorbed into the native culture, forming subsepts on Gaelic lines, the most important being Barry Mor, Barry Og and Barry Roe. The names of two of these are perpetuated in the names of the Cork baronies of Barrymore and Barryroe, and many other Cork placenames are linked to the family: Kilbarry, Rathbarry and Buttevant (from the family motto Boutez en avant), to mention only three. The surname is now very numerous in Ireland, but still inextricably associated with Co Cork. As well as the Norman origin, two relatively uncommon Gaelic surnames, O Beargha and O Baire, have also been anglicised as Barry.: The Barry coat of Arms (Cork) is shown in Irish Roots Magazine 1997, issue 3.

(3) Barry - from Wales with the Anglo-Norman invasion of 1170 and soon possessed a vast area of County Cork. To distinguish from all the different Barrys, they were known as Barry Mór (the Senior), Barry Óg (the Younger), Barry Roe (the Red), Barry Maol (the Bald), and Barry Liadir (the Strong). Barrymore probably derived from Barry Mór (the Senior). De Barra, Barrymore. Cork.

(4) Variation on (2) This family take their toponym from the island of Barry off the south Welsh coast and appear to be of ultimate Flemish origin. From Pembroke they came to Cork in the 1180s and later obtained lands in Connacht (Castlebar, County Mayo is called from them), north Tipperary and near Dingle in Kerry.

(5) It was only in Cork that they thrived, becoming one of that county’s major lineages with three major branches and many minor ones. The senior line, the earls of Barrymore, became extinct in 1823 but Barrys remain numerous in Cork and surrounding counties.

(6) also O Baire. Fionnbharr, “fairhead”, O Bearga, “spear like”

(7)  Barre, Huguenot 17th century, settled in Dublin, Waterford, Cork, Portalington and Lisburn (N. Ireland).

(8) Barry family name in Burke’s Irish Family in Fermanagh Co. (Ulster)

(7) The Barry name came from two brothers from Wales coming to Ireland in 1176 during the Anglo Norman invasion.  There were so many of them they became known as Barry Mor.  The Barrymore trio Ethel John and Lionel are all descendants of them according to the Irish dictionary of names.

(8) 1630 muster roll for Fermanagh County:  includes Henry Barry