When Thomas Jefferson Barnes was born on 2 May 1882, in Alabama, United States, his father, William Leon Barnes, was 24 and his mother, Ethal Dorses Steele, was 22. He married Malinda E "Ada" Stallings on 17 May 1900, in Ider, DeKalb, Alabama, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 7 daughters. He lived in Albemarle, Buncombe, North Carolina, United States in 1941 and Greensboro, Guilford, North Carolina, United States in 1941. He died on 16 March 1941, in North Albemarle Township, Stanly, North Carolina, United States, at the age of 58, and was buried in Richfield, Stanly, North Carolina, United States.
English: habitational name from Barnes (on the Surrey bank of the Thames in London), named with Old English bere-ærn ‘barn, a storehouse for barley and other grain’, or a topographic name or metonymic occupational name for someone who lived by or worked at a barn or barns, from Middle English barn ‘barn, granary’.
English: variant of Barne, with excrescent -s, derived from either the Middle English personal name Bern, Barn (based on the Scandinavian personal name Biǫrn or Old English Beorn, both from a word meaning ‘warrior’), or from Middle English barn (Old Norse barn) ‘child’. The latter term is found as a byname for men of the upper classes; it might also have had the meaning ‘young man of a prominent family’, like Middle English child (see Child ).
Irish: in Ireland in many cases this is no doubt the English name, but in others it is possibly an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Bearáin ‘descendant of Bearán’, a byname meaning ‘spear’.
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