Barber Family History
Barber Name Meaning
English: occupational name for a barber from Middle English barb(o)ur ‘barber’ (Anglo-Norman French barber Old French barbier from Late Latin barbarius a derivative of barba ‘beard’). In the Middle Ages barbers not only cut hair and shaved beards but also practised surgery and pulled teeth. German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name from German Barbier ‘barber’ (compare 1 above). Catalan: occupational name for a barber barber (see 1 above). Slovenian and Croatian; Hungarian (Barbér): occupational name for a barber of German origin (see Barbier compare 1 above and 2 above). Americanized form of any of numerous cognates of 1 above in different languages for example Spanish Barbero Portuguese Barbeiro French Barbier Italian Barbieri . Altered form of French Barbeau .
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press