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Origin and popularity of the name BAR


Bar : 1: Jewish (Ashkenazic; also Bär): from the Yiddish male personal name Ber (see Baer 2).2: German (Bär): variant of Baer 1 ‘bear’ and in North America (also) an altered form of this and of its cognate Bähr (see Bahr 2).3: Germanized form (Bär) of Sorbian Běr: from a short form of the Old Sorbian personal name Běrisław (based on the Old Slavic imperative beri ‘collect’). Compare Baer 3.4: Polish; Czech (mainly Bár): from a vernacular short form of the Latin personal name Bartholomaeus (Polish Bartłomiej Czech Bartoloměj); see Bartholomew.5: Hungarian (Bár): from the old personal name Bár.6: French: habitational name from any of several places so named e.g. in Ardennes and Aube from the Gaulish word barr meaning ‘height peak’. Compare Debar Dubar and Lebar.


Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain, ©2021, University of the West of England
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England

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