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Barrow Name Meaning

habitational name from any of the numerous places named with Old English bearo, bearu ‘grove’ (dative bear(o)we, bearuwe), for example in Cheshire, Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Shropshire, Suffolk, and Somerset, or a topographic name with the same meaning. topographic name for someone who lived by an ancient burial mound, Middle English berwe, barwe, or a habitational name from a place named with this word (Old English beorg, dative beorge), of which there is one near Leicester and another in Somerset. habitational name from Barrow in Furness, Cumbria, which is named with an unattested Celtic word, barr, here meaning ‘promontory’, + Old Norse ey ‘island’.

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

Similar surnames: Barlow, Carrow, Yarrow, Harrow, Barre, Barrows, Arrow, Harlow, Harrop

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Where is the Barrow family from?

You can see how Barrow families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Barrow family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Barrow families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 26 Barrow families living in North Carolina. This was about 13% of all the recorded Barrow's in the USA. North Carolina had the highest population of Barrow families in 1840.
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What did your Barrow ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Barrow. 17% of Barrow men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Barrow women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Barrow were Truck Driver and Cook.

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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
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
  • Maid
  • Housewife
  • Cook
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 24,000 immigration records available for the last name Barrow. 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 23,000 military records available for the last name Barrow. For the veterans among your Barrow ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Barrow lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Barrow life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 1952. The average life expectancy for Barrow in 1942 was 54, and 76 in 2004.

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