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Barr Last Name Meaning

1. Scottish and northern Irish: habitational name from any of various places in southwestern Scotland, in particular Ayrshire and Renfrewshire, named with Gaelic barr ‘height’, ‘hill’ or a British cognate of this. 2. English: topographic name for someone who lived by a gateway or barrier, from Middle English, Old French barre ‘bar’, ‘obstruction’. 3. English (of Norman origin): habitational name from any of various places in northern France called Barre. See Barre. 4. English: habitational name from any of various places in England called Barr, for example Great Barr in the West Midlands, named with the Celtic element barro ‘height’, ‘hill’. 5. English: from the vocabulary word barr ‘bar’, ‘pole’, either a metonymic occupational name for a maker of bars, or perhaps a nickname for a tall, thin man. 6. Irish: from Ó Bairr, Donegal form of Ó Báire (see Barry).

From: The Oxford Names Companion, Oxford University Press

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