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Barnett Name Meaning

habitational name from various places, for example Chipping (High) Barnet, East Barnet, and Friern Barnet in Greater London, named with Old English bærnet ‘place cleared by burning’ (a derivative of bærnan ‘to burn’, ‘to set light to’). from a medieval personal name, a variant of Bernard.

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


Similar surnames: Barrett, Arnett, Garnett, Barnes, Barlett, Burgett, Barner, Baskett

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Where is the Barnett family from?

You can see how Barnett families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Barnett family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Barnett families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 426 Barnett families living in Ontario. This was about 50% of all the recorded Barnett's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Barnett families in 1911.
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What did your Barnett ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Barnett. 30% of Barnett men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Barnett women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Barnett were Salesman and Farmer.

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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
    30%
  • Labourer
    10%
  • Laborer
    9%
  • Salesman
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Clerk
    12%
  • Saleslady
    10%
  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Farmer
    10%
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Census Records

There are 645,000 census records available for the last name Barnett. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Barnett 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 63,000 immigration records available for the last name Barnett. 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 98,000 military records available for the last name Barnett. For the veterans among your Barnett ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Barnett lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Barnett life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Barnett in 1941 was 19, and 74 in 2004.

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