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Barrett Family History

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

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Name Distribution of Barrett Families

  • Number of Barrett families
     824 - 1,646
     275 - 823
     1 - 274
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Barrett families
     2,184 - 4,365
     729 - 2,183
     1 - 728
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Barrett families
     74 - 146
     25 - 73
     1 - 24
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Barrett Family Origin

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Barrett Immigration Information

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Barrett Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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