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Barlow Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of several places called Barlow especially those in Lancashire and Yorkshire. The former is named with Old English bere ‘barley’ + hlāw ‘hill’; the latter probably has as its first element the derived adjective beren or the compound bere-ærn ‘barn’. There is also a place of this name in Derbyshire named with Old English bār ‘boar’ or bere ‘barley’ + lēah ‘woodland clearing’ and one in Shropshire which is from bere ‘barley’ + lēah.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Harlow, Barrow, Barley, Farlow, Callow, Marlow, Parlow, Barkow

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Where is the Barlow family from?

You can see how Barlow families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Barlow family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Barlow families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 126 Barlow families living in New York. This was about 26% of all the recorded Barlow's in USA. New York had the highest population of Barlow families in 1840.
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What did your Barlow ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Barlow. 16% of Barlow men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Barlow women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Barlow were Carpenter and Housekeeper. .

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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
    16%
  • Farmer
    16%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Carpenter
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    8%
  • Maid
    7%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
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There are 45,000 military records available for the last name Barlow. For the veterans among your Barlow ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Barlow lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Barlow life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Barlow in 1940 was 53, and 75 in 2004.

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