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Origin and popularity of the name BARBER


Barber : 1: English: occupational name for a barber from Middle English barb(o)ur ‘barber’ (Anglo-Norman French barber Old French barbier from Late Latin barbarius a derivative of barba ‘beard’). In the Middle Ages barbers not only cut hair and shaved beards but also practised surgery and pulled teeth.2: German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name from German Barbier ‘barber’ (compare 1 above).3: Catalan: occupational name for a barber barber (see 1 above).4: Slovenian and Croatian; Hungarian (Barbér): occupational name for a barber of German origin (see Barbier compare 1 above and 2 above).5: Americanized form of any of numerous cognates of 1 above in different languages for example Spanish Barbero Portuguese Barbeiro French Barbier Italian Barbieri.6: Altered form of French Barbeau.


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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