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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • Italian : from the imperial Roman personal name Barbarus (for the etymology see Barbara 1).
  • Italian : from Barbaro, a byname or nickname also originally denoting a person of non-Greek or Roman origin, which in the Middle Ages came to mean a non-Christian, specifically an Arab or Saracen. Compare Barbary.
  • Italian : from barbarus, from Castilian bravo ‘fierce’, ‘brave’.

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