Barlow Family History

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Barlow Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of several places called Barlow, especially those in Lancashire and West Yorkshire. The former is named with Old English bere ‘barley’ + hlaw ‘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 bar ‘boar’ or bere ‘barley’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’, and one in Shropshire, which is from bere ‘barley’ + leah.

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

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

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Barlow Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Barlow name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Barlow. 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


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Barlow Family Origin

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Barlow Family Occupations

What did your Barlow ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Barlow family was Farm Laborer. The most common Barlow occupation in the USA was Farmer. 35% of Barlow's were Farmers. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Barlow.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Farm Laborer


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Barlow Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 368,000 census records available for the last name Barlow. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Barlow 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 37,000 immigration records available for the last name Barlow. 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 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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Barlow Life Expectancy

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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