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Baron Name Meaning

English and French: from the title of nobility, Middle English, Old French baron, barun (of Germanic origin; compare Barnes 2). As a surname it is unlikely to be a status name denoting a person of rank. The great baronial families of Europe had distinctive surnames of their own. Generally, the surname referred to service in a baronial household or was acquired as a nickname by a peasant who had ideas above his station. The title was also awarded to certain freemen of the cities of London and York and of the Cinque Ports. Compare the Scottish form Barron. English and French: from an Old French personal name Baro (oblique case Baron), or else referred to service in a baronial household or was acquired as a nickname by a peasant who had ideas above his station. German: status name for a freeman or baron, barun ‘imperial or church official’, a loan word in Middle High German from Old French (see 1). Spanish (Barón): from the title barón ‘baron’ (see 1). Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Bearáin (see Barnes). Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): ornamental name meaning ‘baron’, from German, Polish, or Russian. In Israel the surname is often interpreted, by folk etymology, as being from Bar-On ‘son of strength’.

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


Similar surnames: Bacon, Barron, Caron, Maron, Baro, Varon, Baran, Baros, Badon, Beron

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You can see how Baron families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Baron family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Baron families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 341 Baron families living in Quebec. This was about 68% of all the recorded Baron's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Baron families in 1911.
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What did your Baron ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Religieuse were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Baron. 24% of Baron men worked as a Farmer and 16% of Baron women worked as a Religieuse. Some less common occupations for Americans named Baron were Labourer and Housewife.

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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
    24%
  • Journalier
    16%
  • Cultivateur
    12%
  • Labourer
    11%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Religieuse
    16%
  • Mnagre
    11%
  • Commis
    11%
  • Housewife
    11%
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Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Baron life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Baron in 1942 was 41, and 78 in 2004.

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