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Barr Name Meaning

Scottish and northern Irish: habitational name from any of various places in southwestern Scotland, in particular Ayrshire and Renfrewshire, named with Gaelic barr ‘height’, ‘hill’ or a British cognate of this. English: topographic name for someone who lived by a gateway or barrier, from Middle English, Old French barre ‘bar’, ‘obstruction’. English (of Norman origin): habitational name from any of various places in northern France called Barre. See Barre. English: habitational name from any of various places in England called Barr, for example Great Barr in the West Midlands, named with the Celtic element barro ‘height’, ‘hill’. English: from the vocabulary word barr ‘bar’, ‘pole’, either a metonymic occupational name for a maker of bars, or perhaps a nickname for a tall, thin man. Irish: from Ó Bairr, Donegal form of Ó Báire (see Barry 2).

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


Similar surnames: Barre, Bard, Barrs, Barra, Burr, Marr, Bara, Baer, Bark, Parr

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Barr Family Origin

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Barr Family Occupations

What did your Barr ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Barr family was Carpenter. Farmer, School and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Barr. The most common Barr occupation in Canada was Farmer. 40% of Barr's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

    40%
  • School

    5%
  • Laborer

    3%
  • Carpenter

    3%

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Barr Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Barr. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Barr census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name Barr. 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 Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Barr. For the veterans among your Barr ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Barr Life Expectancy

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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Barr life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Barr in 1940 was 29, and 74 in 2004.

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