Meaning and Origin of: Barrett

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Old English : Noble man.(German) Mighty as a bear

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Last name origin & meaning:

  • English of much discussed but uncertain origin. : of much discussed but uncertain origin. It may be from a medieval personal name, but if so the form is unclear.
  • English of much discussed but uncertain origin. : Alternatively, it may be a nickname for a quarrelsome or deceitful person, from Middle English bar(r)et(t)e, bar(r)at ‘trouble’, ‘strife’, ‘deception’, ‘cheating’ (Old French barat ‘commerce’, ‘dealings’, a derivative of barater ‘to haggle’). It is possible that the original sense of barat survived unrecorded into Middle English as a word for a market trader; the Italian cognate Baratta has this sense. It could also be a nickname or metonymic occupational name from Old French barette ‘cap’, ‘bonnet’.