More About Barzey Surname

Shortly after my mom died 8 years ago, I started working on a family genealogy tree. In addition, I started trying to find out the origin of the BARZEY name. Since I wasn’t really get much information from family, this lead to site on the internet which promised to provide all the answers for $24.99. Below is what I received. I am not sure I agree with profile as based on my own research, the earliest listing for Barzey surname I found was in Wales not Italy; but it makes for a good read.

“This Italian surname of BARZEY was a given name in Christian Europe, and it derived its popularity from the apostle St. Bartholomew, the patron saint of tanners, vintners and butlers, about whom virtually nothing is known. The origins of Italian surnames are not clear, and much work remains to be done on medieval Italian records. It seems that fixed bynames, in some cases hereditary, were in use in the Venetian Republic by the end of the 10th century. The typical Italian surname endings are ‘i’ and ‘o’, the former being characteristic of northern Italy. The singular form ‘o’ is more typical of southern Italy. The name has many variant spellings which include Bartoli, Bartolini, Bartolo, and Barto.

Daniello BARTOLI (1608-1650) was the Italian clergyman and writer, born in Ferrara. He became rector of the Jesuit College in Rome, and wrote religious novels about the Jesuit missions in the East. Lorenzo BARTOLINI (1777-1850) was the Italian neo-classical scholar, born in Vernio in Tuscany. In the Middle Ages heraldry came into use as a practical matter. It originated in the devices used to distinguish the armored warriors in tournament and war, and was also placed on seals in marks of identity. As far as records show, true heraldry began in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in several countries of Western Europe.

Another notable member of the name was Edward Anton BARTOLETTI, who was born on the 17th January 1918 in Butte, Montana. He was a dentist, and his appointments included being a Member of the Dental Staff at Montana State Hospital and a Director of the Security Bank, Butte. He resided at Butte, Montana, in the United States of America. The lion depicted in the arms is the noblest of all wild beasts which is made to be the emblem of strength and valour, and is on that account the most frequently borne in Coat-Armour.”
ARMS – Gules a lion rampant or
CREST – A lion as in the arms
ORGIN – ITALY
Copyright HPS Insignia (Best Books) 1997

40 Comments
  1. Fascinated by this I am hot on the trail of ancestors called Barzey from Pembrokeshire–Fishguard area.You mention the ealiest incidence yiou have of surname is in Wales would be soo pleased if you could tell me more
    Ann Davies Aberystwyth Wales

  2. this is great- have loads of barzey stuff!
    if I can help I know why they left wales!

    • Yes. Why did they leave Wales to become slave owners. I know oliver Cromwell made the Irish go to the Caribbean to work as indentured workers, but what was the story in Wales? Were they just blood thirsty?

  3. What’s the URL you went to?

  4. Hi Ursula, we have ‘spoken’ before about the Barzey family crest. I notice that Alison has been in touch and that she was the person who told me that she had the family crest. Do you have it? as I did not hear back from her but would love to see it if you do. hope you are well and lookforward to hearing from you.
    Take care ,Rob

    • Hi Rob & Ursula, I would love to see the family crest. If anyone can get in touch.

      My great grand-dad was from Montserrat and he moved to Sierra Leone where my grand dad (William Henry Barzey) was born.

  5. alright call me stupid, but i had no idea barzey was your last name. not even when i saw the link on the right for the first time.

  6. Oh, I’m sure you are not the only one who didn’t know it was my last name. Sometimes I surprise myself that I’m so out there about everything!!

    • Hi Ursula,
      Hope this message reaches you in great spirit and health. Thank you for your starting this. I too am a Barzey. Would you still happen to have that Crest I’m reading about

  7. my name is ann barsey(barzey)from wales,my daughter is alison barsey we have a lot of information on the barzeys.

  8. I have recently got a scanner, so I will be able to send copies of anything that we have- photo’s, evidence, coat of arms etc- sorry i wasnt in touch before- promise to send anything that might help you all!
    Alison Barsey

    • Hi Alison,

      it will be good to see any information you have regarding barzey

  9. Hello. I’ve always wondered about the Barzie/Barzey surname. My father’s family spells it two ways – Barzie and Barzey. He’s also from a British West Indian island and I’ve met some Barzies/Barzeys from other Caribbean Islands. Can you e-mail me any info you have from the Barzeys of Wales. Thanks!

  10. I AM RODNEY BARZEY MY SERCH FOR MY FAMILY HAS LED ME TO YOU AND THE NAME DATING BACK TO THE 14 CENTURY AND SCOTLAND I ALSO AQUIRED A FAMILY SCROOL DAGER AND 2 VERSIONS ON THE CREST, I LOOK FOWARD TO ANY THING YOU MIGHT HAVE TO ADD OR DISCREDIT SEEING THAT THERE IS A LOT OF MISLEADING SIGHTS OUT PLEAS FEEL FREE TO E MAIL ME ANY TIME.

  11. I know my grandmother is form Monserrat (BWI). Her name was Ann Barzey.

  12. thank you

  13. thank you!!

  14. Hi, my Name is Pearl Britton nee Davies, my Great Great Great Great Grandmother was Ann Barzey who married a Stephen Crunn In Llanychaer Pembrokeshire they lived at Trehilyn Llanwnda, anyone have anything on that,
    regards, Pearl

    • Hi Pearl, my name is Dillwyn Roberts, I have just found this site on Ann Barzey, she was my 3rd time Great Grandmother, I am a descendant from her son John Crunn who married Mary Perkins, would love to hear more about the Barzey’s if you are still doing the family history.

      Dillwyn Roberts

  15. MY NAME IS JOSEPH N BARZEY: THE POSTED INFO IS GREAT STUFF…KEEP IT COMING: I WISH I HAD SOMETHING SPECIAL TO ADD..

  16. My name is Tammy Barzey. Up until my marriage, I carried my mother’s maiden name, Barzey. My mother is from the island Dominca. I always wondered about my background. Other than my immediate family I’ve never know any other Barzey’s. I’ve always wondered where my family tree would lead me. If anyone has any info about Barzey’s from Dominica and onward please let me know as I would like to see how far I can go with my family tree.
    tiny_t_@hotmail.com

  17. Hi Ursula!
    Sure that you will be happy to know that I have 2 daughters Alexandra and Elisabeth with my ex-husband who was a Barzey. His name is Peter Alexander Barzey and is father, Peter Barzey, was from Montserrat. He have a aunt call Elisabeth who was in Montserrat, we call her Miss Eli.
    I know that he have one brother Edmond in England, Antonio and Sara in New York and William.
    My oldest daughter is very happy to learn more about her family.
    Thanks for the info on your site.

  18. Hello those Barzey from Montserrat might be intreseted to know that many of them actually come from a tribe known as the Yuroba who are spread out over parts of Nigeria and I believe Ghana.
    I am currently conducting research on the African heritage of those who were branded with the Barzey brand when they arrived in the West Indies in chains from Africa.
    I will keep you informed with any information I gather.

    • Hi John

      How was the research anymore information? I am a Barzey from Sierra Leone as my great grand dad moved to Sierra Leone from montserrat

    • I would like to know what you gathered. My Grandmother (paternal)
      was named Olivia Barzey

      • This is great I was checking on my website ” http://barzeysappliancerepair.com ” when I saw in the search box ” Barzey Montserrat” so I looked it up and saw all of the comments. My name is Leon Barzey and I’m originally from Salem Montserrat. I left Montserrat a little over 38 years and reside in Fort Lauderdale Florida. My father’s Joseph (Jack) Barzey he passed away in England a couple years ago. It would be interesting if we can get a family tree going because we are all family.

    • We would not know as we were beaten to forget our ancestry

    • Hi,
      I’m a Barzey and would so appreciate if you still have this information on the Yoruba connection ???????? Thank you so much in advance.

  19. My Grandmothers family name was Barzey she originated from Montserrat and it has been really interesting the information on your site. I started off looking for the origin of the name when I came across your site.
    Thanks.

  20. MY GRANDMOTHER IS FROM MONSERRAT, HER NAME IS ANN BARZEY. SHE PAST AWAY SEVERAL YEARS AGO. I AM VERY CURIOUS ABOUT THE LAST NAME. MY SISTERS AND I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW OUR ROOTS. MY DAD NAME IS JAMES BARZEY, HIS BROTHERS ARE ABRAHAM BARZEY AND ISSAC BARZEY. IF HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON THE BARZEY NAME PLEASE LET ME KNOW. THANKS

  21. Hi I am resurching my family tree and Sarah Barzey born 1808 Fishguard married my G,G,G g Grandfather John Thomas and lived in Cardigan. Sarah had two brothers Richard and Henry their parents were William Barzey and Mary Richard. Does anybody have any infomation on these Barzey’s of Wales

  22. Hi, I am so grateful to find your site. My name is Camille Barzey daughter of John Barzey from Montserrat. My mother was married to John and divorced when I was a baby. I NEVER new my father! Today I received a call from the medical examiner’s office in Florida looking for next of ken to John Barzey. I would greatly appreciate any information you or anyone else can provide on Barzey’s from Montserrat. My whole life I have been wondering and searching for family from my father’s side. This is such a blessing to find this site!! Thank you

  23. Hi My name is Christina Barzey. i can not believe there is a “Barzey.Com” I was bored so i decided to type in my last name in google, just to see what would pop up, but i didnt actually expect to find anything serious. Wel back to the subject I come from a large family. I get the name Barzey from my fathers side of the family, whom are from Montserrat. We are now mostly based in the U.K. Our family seems to be ever growing, i’m forever finding out about different cousins i never new even existed.Thanks to this site looks like i may discover a few more.

  24. Hi My name is Esther Anna Marie Barzey. I understood that all Barzey’s from Montserrat are related. Can anyone comment on that.

  25. Hi Joaanna my name is Janelle Barzey the daughter of Abraham Barzey was curious too.Would be so nice to know and meet my family am very happy to come across this site.

  26. Hi all, My name is rob barzey and I have been told of my families history dating back to William The Conqueror (1066AD) at the battle of Hastings and how the Barzey’s left the new world port of Bristol(England) to make their way in the new world. You only need to ask. What ever the situation…we are all related by the name Barzey…..a name with pride and history.

    • Hi Rob,

      I’d appreciate seeing the information you have.

  27. Hi my name is katrina barzey my dad is peter Henry barzey was born in Montserrat in 1939 and past away in 2013 me and my dad was very close but didn’t talk much about his family I would love to know more

  28. I have a different surname, but my grandmother and great grandmother were Barzey. I still have cousins who are Burzey by surname. We are decendents of slaves from the Island of Montserrat. Your Ancestors were slave owners and rapists. I will be back in touch on behalf of my cousins and myself to discuss reparations owed to us by your evil Ancestry.

  29. Hi all,
    My quest brought me here to this site as well. Ive been feeling it imperative to find out about the Barzey family tree/lineage recently. Not sure where to start. My Barzey tree starts on the island of Trinidad but I believe stems from Montserrat as well. Names to begin with are Douglas Lloyd Barzey (my grandpa) whom married Thelma Wiseman (Barzey) (my granny) he also had a had a brother named Henry Barzey who lived on Montserrat. I cant help but to notice how much we resemble Ethiopians. Any more info to guide my search will be immensely appreciated.

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