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Barbara Name Meaning

Italian English and West Indian (Dutch Caribbean); Spanish and Portuguese (Bárbara): from the female personal name Barbara which was borne by a popular Christian saint who according to legend was imprisoned in a tower and later put to death by her own father for refusing to recant her Christian beliefs. The name comes from the feminine form of Latin barbarus Greek barbaros ‘foreign(er)’ (originally an onomatopoeic word formed in imitation of the unintelligible babbling of non-Greeks). As a West Indian surname it reflects the partially mother-oriented name culture of the formerly enslaved people of the West Indies (compare Martina ). Catalan (Barbarà): variant of Barberà (see Barbera ).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Barbary, Barbera, Barbaro, Barber, Barba, Barra, Barbas, Barnaby

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Where is the Barbara family from?

You can see how Barbara families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Barbara family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Barbara families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 33 Barbara families living in Ontario. This was about 31% of all the recorded Barbara's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Barbara families in 1911.
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What did your Barbara ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Tailor were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Barbara. 53% of Barbara men worked as a Farmer and 100% of Barbara women worked as a Tailor. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Cultivateur
  • Miner

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Tailor
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Passenger Lists

There are 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Barbara. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Barbara. For the veterans among your Barbara ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Barbara lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Barbara life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Barbara in 1941 was 45, and 80 in 2004.

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