Barrera Family History

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Barrera Name Meaning

Spanish and Catalan: topographic name for someone who lived near a gate or fence, from Spanish and Catalan barrera ‘barrier’. topographic name for someone who lived by a clay pit, Spanish barrera, barrero (a derivative of barro ‘mud’, ‘clay’).

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

Similar surnames: Barreras, Barrere, Carrera, Barrero, Barreda, Ferrera, Barre, Barreca

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Barrera Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Barrera name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Barrera. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • Native American—North, Central, South


  • Spain


  • England & Wales


  • Portugal


  • Ireland & Scotland


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Barrera Family Origin

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Barrera Family Occupations

What did your Barrera ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Barrera occupation in the USA was Laborer. 33% of Barrera's were Laborers. A less common occupation for the Barrera family was Bacquero. Laborer, Farmer and Freighter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Barrera.

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  • Laborer

  • Farmer

  • Freighter

  • Bacquero


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Barrera ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Barrera Historical Records

What Barrera family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 33,000 census records available for the last name Barrera. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Barrera 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 19,000 immigration records available for the last name Barrera. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Barrera. For the veterans among your Barrera ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Barrera Life Expectancy

What is the average Barrera lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Barrera life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 1962. The average life expectancy for Barrera in 1942 was 37, and 67 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Barrera

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Barrera ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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