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Barras Name Meaning

English (Durham and Northumberland): variant of Barrass itself a variant of Barrows . French: from an augmentative of Barre It may also be a habitational name from (Le/Les) Barras the name of several places in various parts of France. Spanish: plural form of Barra a topographic name meaning ‘barrier sandbank’.

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


Similar surnames: Barlas, Barrs, Barra, Darras, Barre, Arras, Carras, Barrow, Barrows

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Where is the Barras family from?

You can see how Barras families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Barras family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Barras families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 10 Barras families living in Louisiana. This was about 48% of all the recorded Barras's in USA. Louisiana had the highest population of Barras families in 1840.
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What did your Barras ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Barras. 30% of Barras men worked as a Laborer and 14% of Barras women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Barras were Truck Driver and Waitress. .

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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
    30%
  • Farmer
    18%
  • Labor
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    14%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Housekeeper
    12%
  • Waitress
    9%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Barras. 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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There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Barras. For the veterans among your Barras ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Barras lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Barras life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Barras in 1945 was 43, and 77 in 2004.

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