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Barbe Name Meaning

French: nickname for someone with a beard, Old French barbe (Latin barba). French: from the female personal name, French form of Barbara. German: from Middle High German barbe, the name of a species of fish resembling the carp; hence by metonymy an occupational name for a fisherman or fish dealer, or possibly a nickname for someone thought to resemble the fish in some way.

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


Similar surnames: Barre, Barber, Barbo, Garbe, Babe, Barba, Barge, Garb, Taube, Barbeau

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Where is the Barbe family from?

You can see how Barbe families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Barbe family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Barbe families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 5 Barbe families living in Ohio. This was about 45% of all the recorded Barbe's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Barbe families in 1840.
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What did your Barbe ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Barbe. 22% of Barbe men worked as a Farmer and 16% of Barbe women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Barbe were Carpenter and Housewife.

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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 1940

  • Farmer
    22%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Carpenter
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
    16%
  • Saleslady
    16%
  • Waitress
    11%
  • Housewife
    11%
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Census Records

There are 10,000 census records available for the last name Barbe. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Barbe census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Barbe. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 880 military records available for the last name Barbe. For the veterans among your Barbe ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Barbe lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Barbe life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Barbe in 1951 was 38, and 66 in 2004.

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