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Origin and popularity of the name BARBEAU


Barbeau : French:: 1: from barbeau ‘barbel’ a type of fish hence a metonymic occupational name for a fisherman or a nickname for a man with a sparse beard the fish being distinguished by beardlike growths on either side of its mouth.2: nickname from a derivative of Old French Occitan barbel ‘point’ ‘tooth’. Compare Barber 6 and Barbo 4.

Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press

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