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Barrett Name Meaning

It may be from a medieval personal name, but if so the form is unclear. Alternatively, it may be a nickname for a quarrelsome or deceitful person, from Middle English bar(r)et(t)e, bar(r)at ‘trouble’, ‘strife’, ‘deception’, ‘cheating’ (Old French barat ‘commerce’, ‘dealings’, a derivative of barater ‘to haggle’). It is possible that the original sense of barat survived unrecorded into Middle English as a word for a market trader; the Italian cognate Baratta has this sense. It could also be a nickname or metonymic occupational name from Old French barette ‘cap’, ‘bonnet’.

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


Similar surnames: Barre, Berrett, Barnett, Garret, Barreto, Parrett, Garnett, Barlett

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Barrett Family Origin

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Barrett Family Occupations

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In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Barrett. A less common occupation for the Barrett family was Carpenter. The most common Barrett occupation in the USA was Farmer. 31% of Barrett's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

    31%
  • Laborer

    12%
  • Keeping House

    7%
  • Carpenter

    2%

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Barrett Life Expectancy

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Between 1940 and 2004, Barrett life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Barrett in 1940 was 49, and 75 in 2004.

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