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Berber Name Meaning

Catalan: probably a variant of Barber . This surname is most common in Mexico. Turkish: occupational name from berber ‘barber’. Serbian Croatian and Bosniak: occupational name for a barber or in a transferred use a nickname for a quack doctor from Serbian Croatian and Bosnian berber ‘barber’ a loanword from Turkish (see above). German: possibly a habitational name from a place called Berber near Kevelaer (Lower Rhine) or from the ancient Germanic personal name Baribert from Old High German bar ‘man’ + berht ‘shining famous’.

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


Similar surnames: Berner, Bebber, Barber, Beaber, Erber, Berger, Gerner, Benner, Leber

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Where is the Berber family from?

You can see how Berber families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Berber family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Berber families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 3 Berber families living in New York. This was about 50% of all the recorded Berber's in USA. New York had the highest population of Berber families in 1840.
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What did your Berber ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Berber. 22% of Berber men worked as a Farmer and 20% of Berber women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Berber were Truck Driver and Salesgirl. .

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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

  • Farmer
    22%
  • Laborer
    21%
  • Salesman
    10%
  • Truck Driver
    7%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    20%
  • Waitress
    20%
  • Housekeeper
    15%
  • Salesgirl
    10%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Berber. 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 850 military records available for the last name Berber. For the veterans among your Berber ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Berber lifespan?

Between 1964 and 2004, in the United States, Berber life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1998, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Berber in 1964 was 80, and 67 in 2004.

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