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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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Barre Family Origin

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Barre Family Occupations

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In 1881, Journalier, School and Scholar were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Barre. A less common occupation for the Barre family was Agent. The most common Barre occupation in Canada was Journalier. 21% of Barre's were Journaliers.

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  • Journalier

  • School

  • Scholar

  • Agent


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Barre Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 15,000 census records available for the last name Barre. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Barre 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Barre. 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 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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Barre Life Expectancy

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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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