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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • English : from Old French baril ‘barrel’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a cooper or a nickname for a fat man or an immoderate drinker.
  • English : habitational name from Barwell in Leicestershire, named with Old English bār ‘wild boar’ + well(a) ‘spring’, ‘stream’.
  • English : A cooper named George Barrell came to Boston, MA, in 1637 from Suffolk, England.

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