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Barr Family History

Barr Name Meaning
Scottish and northern Irish: habitational name from any of various places in southwestern Scotland, in particular Ayrshire and Renfrewshire, named with Gaelic barr ‘height’, ‘hill’ or a British cognate of this.English: topographic name for someone who lived by a gateway or barrier, from Middle English, Old French barre ‘bar’, ‘obstruction’.English (of Norman origin): habitational name from any of various places in northern France called Barre. See Barre.English: habitational name from any of various places in England called Barr, for example Great Barr in the West Midlands, named with the Celtic element barro ‘height’, ‘hill’.English: from the vocabulary word barr ‘bar’, ‘pole’, either a metonymic occupational name for a maker of bars, or perhaps a nickname for a tall, thin man.Irish: from Ó Bairr, Donegal form of Ó Báire (see Barry 2).

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

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Name Distribution of Barr Families

  • Number of Barr families
     525 - 1,048
     176 - 524
     1 - 175
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Barr families
     306 - 609
     103 - 305
     1 - 102
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Barr families
     1,169 - 2,336
     390 - 1,168
     1 - 389
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Barr Family Origin

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Barr Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Barr

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Barr Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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