Barber Family History

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Barber Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a 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. Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name from German Barbier ‘barber’. Catalan: occupational name for a barber, barber (see 1). Americanized form of any of numerous cognates of 1 in different languages, for example Spanish Barbero, Portuguese Barbeiro, French Barbier, Italian Barbieri.

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

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

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Barber Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Barber name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Barber. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • France


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Barber Family Origin

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Barber Family Occupations

What did your Barber ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Barber. The most common Barber occupation in the USA was Farmer. 39% of Barber's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Barber family was Farm Laborer.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


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Barber Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 812,000 census records available for the last name Barber. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Barber census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

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 Card

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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Barber Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Barber ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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