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Barr Name Meaning

Scottish and northern Irish: habitational name from any of various places in southwestern Scotland, in particular Ayrshire and Renfrewshire, named with Gaelic barr ‘height’, ‘hill’ or a British cognate of this. English: topographic name for someone who lived by a gateway or barrier, from Middle English, Old French barre ‘bar’, ‘obstruction’. English (of Norman origin): habitational name from any of various places in northern France called Barre. See Barre. English: habitational name from any of various places in England called Barr, for example Great Barr in the West Midlands, named with the Celtic element barro ‘height’, ‘hill’. English: from the vocabulary word barr ‘bar’, ‘pole’, either a metonymic occupational name for a maker of bars, or perhaps a nickname for a tall, thin man. Irish: from Ó Bairr, Donegal form of Ó Báire (see Barry 2).

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


Similar surnames: Barre, Bard, Barrs, Barra, Burr, Marr, Bara, Baer, Bark, Parr

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Where is the Barr family from?

You can see how Barr families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Barr family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Barr families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 229 Barr families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 33% of all the recorded Barr's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Barr families in 1840.
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What did your Barr ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Barr. 14% of Barr men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Barr women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Barr were Clerk and Housewife.

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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

  • Farmer
    14%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Clerk
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    7%
  • Stenographer
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Housewife
    6%
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Passenger Lists

There are 170,000 immigration records available for the last name Barr. 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 56,000 military records available for the last name Barr. For the veterans among your Barr ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Barr lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Barr life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Barr in 1940 was 29, and 74 in 2004.

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