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Barrett Name Meaning

It may be from a medieval personal name, but if so the form is unclear. Alternatively, it may be a nickname for a quarrelsome or deceitful person, from Middle English bar(r)et(t)e, bar(r)at ‘trouble’, ‘strife’, ‘deception’, ‘cheating’ (Old French barat ‘commerce’, ‘dealings’, a derivative of barater ‘to haggle’). It is possible that the original sense of barat survived unrecorded into Middle English as a word for a market trader; the Italian cognate Baratta has this sense. It could also be a nickname or metonymic occupational name from Old French barette ‘cap’, ‘bonnet’.

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


Similar surnames: Barre, Berrett, Barnett, Garret, Barreto, Parrett, Garnett, Barlett

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Barrett Family Origin

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Barrett Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    19%
  • Servant

    7%
  • School

    6%
  • Labourer

    5%

In 1881, Farmer, Servant and School were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Barrett. The most common Barrett occupation in Canada was Farmer. 19% of Barrett's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Barrett family was Labourer.

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