Baring family

Ethnicity German
Current region Germany, United Kingdom
Place of origin Bremen

The Baring family is a German and British family of merchants and bankers. It is descended from Johann (John) Baring (1697–1748), a wool merchant of Bremen. He founded a merchant house in Exeter in 1717. His sons Francis Baring and John Baring moved to London, where they founded the John and Francis Baring Company, commonly known as Barings Bank, in 1762. Barings Bank became one of the leading London merchant banks,[1] and collapsed in 1995. Francis Baring was the father of Sir Thomas Baring, 2nd Baronet, who was the father of Alexander Baring, 1st Baron Ashburton. Sir Francis Baring, 2nd Baronet was also the father of Henry Baring and the grandfather of Edward Baring, 1st Baron Revelstoke and Evelyn Baring, 1st Earl of Cromer.

Arnulf Baring is a member of the branch of the family resident in Germany.

The family's descendants include Diana, Princess of Wales, whose great-grandmother was Margaret Baring, the daughter of Edward Baring, 1st Baron Revelstoke, and through her Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.

Since the early 19th century, the Baring family maintained close relations with the Berenberg family of bankers.[2]

Peerages and titles

The Baring family is one of the most ennobled in the United Kingdom, where several family members were made peers and baronets. The family has held the following peerages:

Additionally, two baronetcies have been created for the family (in 1793 and 1911), the Baring baronets.


  1. Ziegler, Philip (1988). The Sixth Great Power: Barings 1762–1929. London: Collins. ISBN 0-00-217508-8.
  2. Tanja Drössel, Die Engländer in Hamburg 1914 bis 1945, pp. 107–108
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