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

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Barr Family Origin

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Barr Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    37%
  • Laborer

    7%
  • Keeping House

    6%
  • Carpenter

    3%

In 1880, the most common Barr occupation in the USA was Farmer. 37% of Barr's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Barr. A less common occupation for the Barr family was Carpenter.

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Between 1940 and 2004, 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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