Barton family crestThe English surname Barton, also found in Ireland and Scotland, is a habitational name from any of the numerous places named with Old English bere or bær meaning “barley” and tun meaning “ an enclosure or settlement.” Early records of the name in England include Paganus de Barton (Yorkshire, 1163); John de la Berton (Kent, 1273) and Thomas de Bartone of Ayrshire, who rendered homage in 1296. A leading family of the name settled in Ireland in the 13th Century, and are mainly identified with Straffan, County Kildare. Notable namebearers were: Andrew Barton, the Scottish naval commander, who cleared Scottish coasts of Flemish pirates in 1506, and Edward Barton, second English ambassador to Constantinople (1590). 

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