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Jewish Origin of Name Barber

Posted: 29 Jul 2000 6:00AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 6 Jul 2001 9:32PM GMT
According to A Dictionary of Surnames by Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges, the Jewish (Ashkenazic) origins of the name are obscure. They do say when the name appears it is found in areas where English influence is highly unlikely, so it could not be thought of as an Anglicization of a Jewish surname. Their best guess seems to be that it's a combination of naming elements using a male name beginning with "B" and a part of a Hebrew surname "bar-" (meaning 'son of ..."). They don't mention nationality, but my understanding of the meaning of Ashkenazic is that they come from some part of Germany. I could be wrong.
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
Mike Barber 11 Jun 2000 12:00PM GMT 
damorgan 11 Jun 2000 12:00PM GMT 
LaChance 12 Jun 2000 12:00PM GMT 
ginabenson 28 Jul 2000 12:00PM GMT 
LaChance 29 Jul 2000 12:00PM GMT 
gina benson 31 Jul 2000 12:00PM GMT 
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