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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • English (Midlands and northwest) : topographic name for someone who lived by one or more barriers or obstructions, from a plural or possessive form of Barr 2.
  • English (Midlands and northwest) : metonymic occupational name for a maker of bars, or perhaps a nickname for a tall, thin man. See Barr 4.

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