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Barbera Name Meaning

Southern Italian: derogatory nickname from barbera ‘barber’s wife’, a term also used to denote a prostitute or dishonest woman. Catalan (Barberà): habitational name from a place in Tarragona province, named with Late Latin Barbarianum ‘place of Barbarius’, a derivative of Barbarus (see Barbaro).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Barber, Barbara, Barbero, Barbieri, Barbier, Barra, Barrera, Arber

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Where is the Barbera family from?

You can see how Barbera families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Barbera family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Barbera families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 2 Barbera families living in Quebec. This was 100% of all the recorded Barbera's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Barbera families in 1911.
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What did your Barbera ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Operator were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Barbera. 18% of Barbera men worked as a Laborer and 18% of Barbera women worked as an Operator. Some less common occupations for Americans named Barbera were Salesman and Machine Operator.

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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.

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
  • Clerk
  • Barber
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Operator
  • New Worker
  • Seamstress
  • Machine Operator
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Census Records

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Barbera. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Barbera census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Barbera. 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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Draft Cards

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

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What is the average Barbera lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Barbera life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Barbera in 1940 was 32, and 82 in 2004.

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