Bar Family History
Bar Name Meaning
Jewish (Ashkenazic; also Bär): from the Yiddish male personal name Ber (see Baer ). German (Bär): variant of Baer 1 ‘bear’ and in North America (also) an altered form of this and of its cognate Bähr (see Bahr ). Germanized form (Bär) of Sorbian Běr: from a short form of the Old Sorbian personal name Běrisław (based on the Old Slavic imperative beri ‘collect’). Compare Baer Polish; Czech (mainly Bár): from a vernacular short form of the Latin personal name Bartholomaeus (Polish Bartłomiej Czech Bartoloměj); see Bartholomew . Hungarian (Bár): from the old personal name Bár. French: habitational name from any of several places so named e.g. in Ardennes and Aube from the Gaulish word barr meaning ‘height peak’. Compare Debar Dubar and Lebar .
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022