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Barre Name Meaning

habitational name from any of various places called Barre. Barre-en-Ouche in Eure or Barre-de-Semilly in Manche are named with Old French barre ‘bar’, ‘obstruction’, ‘gateway’. Others, for example Barre in Lozère, derive their name from the Celtic element barr ‘height’. (Barré) from barré, the past participle of Old French barrer, a derivative of barre ‘bar’ (see 1). The meaning of the surname derived from this word is uncertain. It may sometimes have been a topographic name for a person who lived in a place that was naturally cut off or particularly well fortified, but in many cases it was probably a nickname meaning ‘striped’, referring to a habitual wearer of striped clothing or possibly to someone with a noticeable birthmark. In the Middle Ages the term was also applied to the Carmelite Friars, who wore habits striped in black, yellow, and white, and it may have been used as a nickname for someone thought to resemble a Carmelite in some way. The name is also found in Germany, attested as a Huguenot name, for example in Magdeburg in 1703.

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

Similar surnames: Barr, Barbe, Barra, Barrs, Barrie, Brue, Borne, Borre, Tarte, Carre

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Where is the Barre family from?

You can see how Barre families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Barre family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Barre families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 64 Barre families living in Quebec. This was about 49% of all the recorded Barre's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Barre families in 1911.
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What did your Barre ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Domestic were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Barre. 46% of Barre men worked as a 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
  • Cultivateur
  • Farmers Son
  • Labourer

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Domestic
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There are 5,000 military records available for the last name Barre. For the veterans among your Barre ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Barre lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Barre life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Barre in 1946 was 38, and 79 in 2004.

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