Last name: BARR

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BARR : This last name is indexed 187,402 times on Geneanet!

Origin of last name

BARR : 1: Scottish (Glasgow) and northern Irish (Ulster): habitational name from any of various places in southwestern Scotland in particular Ayrshire and Renfrewshire named with Gaelic barr ‘height hill’ or a Brittonic cognate of this.2: English and Welsh: habitational name from Great Barr in Staffordshire. This is from Brittonic barro- ‘top summit’ referring to Barr Beacon; there is evidence that this was known as la Bare in the 13th century.3: English (of Norman origin): habitational name from Barre-en-Ouche in Eure France or perhaps from Barre-de-Semilly in Manche France.4: English: topographic name for someone who lived by a gateway or barrier from Middle English Old French barre ‘bar obstruction’. In the English Fenland bar could denote an obstruction (for example a weir) in a stream.5: English: from the vocabulary word barr ‘bar pole’ either a metonymic occupational name for a maker of bars or perhaps a nickname for a tall thin man.6: Irish: from Ó Bairr Donegal form of Ó Báire (see Barry 2).

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