Barrett Family History

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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 Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Barrett name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Barrett. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • France


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Barrett Family Origin

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Barrett Family Occupations

What did your Barrett ancestors do for a living?

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

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  • Farmer

  • Servant

  • School

  • Labourer


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Barrett Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 923,000 census records available for the last name Barrett. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Barrett 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 126,000 immigration records available for the last name Barrett. 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 124,000 military records available for the last name Barrett. For the veterans among your Barrett ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Barrett Life Expectancy

What is the average Barrett lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Barrett life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Barrett in 1940 was 49, and 75 in 2004.

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