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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • Dutch : nickname for a swindler or trickster, from Middle Dutch baraet, beraet, Old French barat ‘fraud’, ‘trick’, ‘swindle’.
  • Spanish and Italian : from borra ‘coarse woolen cloth’ (compare French Borel), or, in Spanish, possibly also from the same word in the sense ‘young sheep’.
  • French : southern dialect form of Borre.
  • Indian (Andhra Pradesh) : Hindu name of unknown meaning.

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