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Barrs Name Meaning

topographic name for someone who lived by one or more barriers or obstructions, from a plural or possessive form of Barr 2. metonymic occupational name for a maker of bars, or perhaps a nickname for a tall, thin man. See Barr 4.

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


Similar surnames: Barr, Barre, Baris, Barras, Baars, Baros, Bares, Barra, Boros, Barts

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Where is the Barrs family from?

You can see how Barrs families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Barrs family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Barrs families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 4 Barrs families living in Ohio. This was about 27% of all the recorded Barrs's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Barrs families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Barrs surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Barrs ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Seamstress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Barrs. 29% of Barrs men worked as a Laborer and 19% of Barrs women worked as a Seamstress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Barrs were Carpenter and Typist.

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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
    29%
  • Farmer
    25%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Carpenter
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Seamstress
    19%
  • Saleslady
    8%
  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Typist
    8%
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Census Records

There are 15,000 census records available for the last name Barrs. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Barrs census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Barrs. 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 Cards

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

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What is the average Barrs lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Barrs life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1977. The average life expectancy for Barrs in 1956 was 43, and 68 in 2004.

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