When Stephen Barnes was born on 5 May 1854, in Ottumwa, Wapello, Iowa, United States, his father, Stephen Barnes, was 28 and his mother, Sarah Johnson, was 25. He married Mary Elizabeth Roop about 1875, in Kirkville, Wapello, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Wapello, Iowa, United States in 1900 and Center Township, Wapello, Iowa, United States in 1925. He died on 19 June 1938, in Ottumwa, Wapello, Iowa, United States, at the age of 84, and was buried in Ottumwa Cemetery, Wapello, Iowa, 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’.