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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 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Barbe, Barbier, Barker, Barbero, Garber, Arber, Barbera, Farber

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Where is the Barber family from?

You can see how Barber families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Barber family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Barber families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 451 Barber families living in New York. This was about 29% of all the recorded Barber's in USA. New York had the highest population of Barber families in 1840.
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What did your Barber ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Barber. 17% of Barber men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Barber women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Barber were Truck Driver and Teacher. .

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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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
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Passenger Lists

There are 54,000 immigration records available for the last name Barber. 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 101,000 military records available for the last name Barber. For the veterans among your Barber ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Barber lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Barber life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Barber in 1940 was 58, and 74 in 2004.

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