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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • English : from a pet form of the female personal name Barbara (see Barbara).
  • Southern French : from a diminutive of Occitan barbari ‘barbarous’, ‘barbarian’. In particular, this word came to denote a Moor or Berber from the Barbary Coast in North Africa, and hence was then applied to a man of swarthy appearance or uncouth habits.
  • An immigrant from the Périgord region of France was variously documented in Montreal in 1668 as Barbary and Barbarin, with the secondary surname Grandmaison.

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