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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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Where is the Barrett family from?

You can see how Barrett families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Barrett family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Barrett families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 917 Barrett families living in Ontario. This was about 56% of all the recorded Barrett's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Barrett families in 1911.
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What did your Barrett ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Barrett. 30% of Barrett men worked as a Farmer and 19% of Barrett women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Barrett were Carpenter and Domestic. .

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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
    30%
  • Labourer
    9%
  • Laborer
    6%
  • Carpenter
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Housekeeper
    19%
  • Stenographer
    13%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Domestic
    7%
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Passenger Lists

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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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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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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