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Origin and popularity of the name BARBE


Barbe : 1: French: descriptive nickname for someone with a beard Old French barbe (from Latin barba).2: French (Barbé): adjectival derivative of 1 meaning ‘bearded’.3: French (Barbé): variant of Barbierbarber’.4: French: from a female personal name French form of Barbara.5: German: from Middle High German barbe the name of a species of fish resembling the carp; hence by metonymy an occupational name for a fisherman or fish dealer or possibly a nickname for someone thought to resemble the fish in some way.


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

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