Bruce Willard Barren is the son of James Lee Barren and Marion Frances (Willard) from Philadelphia. The Barren side of his family originated from Kentucky and Pennsylvania  when in 1654 they landed in Virgina from England, and prior, from  Sir John Barren, Scotland.  As a result of their assistance in the English invasion of Ireland, the family was granted lands in County Waterford, by Strongbow, Earl of Pembroke.


When the Barrens came to Scotland and England from France (mostly Normandy) after the Battle of Hastings (1066A.D.), this part of the family changed its name from D’Amours to Barren while others dropped the “s” to D’Amour. A part of the D’Amours family, who settled in Quebec City (New France) in the 1630’s, paralleled the Barren and D’Amour families in then the American Colonies.


The origins of D’Amours’ ancestry (a.k.a. D’Amour ) included Eleonore d'Aquitaine and Hugues Capet, the first King of the Capetian Dynasty and before that, Charlemagne (742-814A.D.), Emperor of The Holy Roman Empire and this father, King Pepin. There are also a number of other both French and Italian Kings (the latter all named Pepin), plus Princess Ann of Russia. England’s Queen Elizabeth II is a 36th cousin. Pierre D’Amours was the origin of the North American family. He was Counselor to the King of France in the late 1500’s and was titled – Chevalier.


In France, the D’Amours owned vast lands in the Loir Valley, tributary of the Loire River that flows into the Gulf of Biscay. In a city named Durtal, Lord Pierre built the Manoir du Serrin in 1578, which still exists today. (See subsequent photo)

The D’Amours original family roots are from ancient Greece and prior - Phoenicia, pre-50+ B.C.


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The Willard side (Mother) of Mr. Barren’s family, which also came to the United States in 1654 through Virginia, stem from Sussex, England where they were Lords of the Manor of Eastborne. They were granted lands by King William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in the year 1066A.D.


Mr. Barren is the current family title holder of H.R.H. The Duke de Serres.  Upon his death, his son, James Lee Barren, will assume the family Title. In James’ absence and with no heirs, the Title will then pass to Mr. Barren’s daughter, Christina Roseanne Barren, as H.R.H. The Duchess de Serres, and subsequently to her family off-springs.


Mr. Barren is a lifetime member of L’Association des Familles D’Amours.


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The North American segment of the Barren’s family crest is: A stag’s head or. Its Arms are: Gules, two bars or, on a chief argent, two stag’s heads of the second, crest: A stag’s head or. Mr. Barren’s personal crest has a stag’s head, with a Duke’s Crown.


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History, Genealogy of the D'Amours Family
The American ancestor of most D’Amours was MATHIEU D'AMOURS,
seigneur des Chauffours et de La Morandiere, who was born in France in 1618,
legitimate son of Louis D'Amours and Elizabeth Tessier.


House of D’Amours

The D’Amours (as was originally spelled in old France, but subsequently the “s” was dropped when several members of the family moved first to England and Scotland. Subsequently, they then moved to North America in the 1600’s). The Family Crest (shown above) is: A Silver backdrop, a sable porcupine, "lambel" on top, three nails below. It was granted in 1450 to Mathurin D’Amours (1399-1459), great grandfather of Pierre D'Amours, by Charles VII, King of France (1403-1461). The Family coat-of-arms was changed from the porcupine for a 'Sanglier', a boar, and as was approved on October 8, 1725 by the Conseil Souverain of New France (Canada).

An early D’Amours had saved the life of Saint Louis, a.k.a. Louis IX - c.1246 during the "Noble's Revolt". The D’Amours were furthermore rewarded by Louis XII by having a seat on the "Conseil Royal" (Royal Council): Sieur François Damours du Serrin (son of Pierre D'Amours) was appointed on July 5th 1489, both as Councilor and as Maitre d' of King Louis XII's household. All his descendants were kept as advisors by the subsequent Kings of France, until the French Revolution of 1789.

For further family information, go to the internet, under Google: The D'Amours Roots, their Family Crest & Ancestors.   

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The D’Amour’s Ancestral Manor in Serrin, France - Durtal.

For further information contact: Glynneth Lee Barren at




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