First name origin & meaning:

Old English: Noble man.(German) Mighty as a bear

First name variations: Barret, Barrett, Barnet, Barnete, Barnette, Baronette, Barnett

Last name origins & meanings:

  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 2).

Famous people with this last name: Roseanne Barr

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