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Meaning and Origin of: Barker

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First name origins & meanings:

  • English : Tanner of leather

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Last name origin & meaning:

  • English : occupational name for a tanner of leather, from Middle English bark(en) ‘to tan’, tree bark having been used as the tanning agent.
  • English : occupational name for a shepherd, Anglo-Norman French bercher (Late Latin berbicarius, from berbex ‘ram’, genitive berbicis). With the change of -ar- to -er- in Middle English, this became indistinguishable from the preceding name.
  • Altered spelling of German Barger or Berger.

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