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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 ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Baer, Barr, Bahl, Ahr, Haar, Bahn, Baar, Baum, Fahr, Gahr

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You can see how Bahr families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bahr family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bahr families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 5 Bahr families living in British Columbia. This was about 63% of all the recorded Bahr's in Canada. British Columbia had the highest population of Bahr families in 1911.
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What did your Bahr ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Bahr. 100% of Bahr men worked as a Farmer. .

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Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
    100%
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What is the average Bahr lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Bahr life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Bahr in 1941 was 32, and 79 in 2004.

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