Meaning and Origin of: Barber

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Latin : Beard

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Last name origin & meaning:

  • English : occupational name for a 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.
  • Jewish (Ashkenazic) : occupational name from German Barbier ‘barber’.
  • Catalan : occupational name for a barber, barber (see 1).
  • Americanized form of any of numerous cognates of 1 in different languages, for example Spanish Barbero, Portuguese Barbeiro, French Barbier, Italian Barbieri.