Bahr Family History
Bahr Name Meaning
North German: from Middle Low German bar(e) ‘bear’ hence a nickname for someone thought to resemble the animal a metonymic occupational name for someone who kept a performing bear or a topographic or habitational name referring to a house distinguished by the sign of a bear. In some cases it may derive from a personal name containing this element. German (Bähr): variant of Baer 1 a cognate of 1 above of Middle High German origin. Compare Baehr 1 and Bar Jewish (Ashkenazic; Bähr): variant of Baer Compare Baehr Germanized form (Bähr) of Sorbian Běr: from a short form of the Old Sorbian personal name Běrisław (based on the Old Slavic imperative beri ‘collect’). Compare Baehr Muslim (mainly Egypt): from Arabic baḥr ‘sea’. This word is used in composite epithets such as Baḥr al-ʿUlūm ‘sea of knowledge’ a delightful nickname for a scholar and the surname might have originated from such use.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022