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Barnes Name Meaning

English: topographic name or metonymic occupational name for someone who lived by or worked at a barn or barns, from Middle English barn ‘barn’, ‘granary’. In some cases, it may be a habitational name from Barnes (on the Surrey bank of the Thames in London), which was named in Old English with this word. English: name borne by the son or servant of a barne, a term used in the early Middle Ages for a member of the upper classes, although its precise meaning is not clear (it derives from Old English beorn, Old Norse barn ‘young warrior’). Barne was also occasionally used as a personal name (from an Old English, Old Norse byname), and some examples of the surname may derive from this use. Irish: possibly an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Bearáin ‘descendant of Bearán’, a byname meaning ‘spear’. French: variant of Bern. Jewish: variant of Parnes.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Berner, Barney, Baines, Barner, Banes, Bares, Bardes, Barber, Farnes

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You can see how Barnes families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Barnes family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Barnes families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 7,194 Barnes families living in Lancashire. This was about 20% of all the recorded Barnes's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of Barnes families in 1891.
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What did your Barnes ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Barnes. 7% of Barnes men worked as a General Labourer and 64% of Barnes women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Barnes were Incapacitated and Incapacitated. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Bricklayer
  • Incapacitated

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Incapacitated
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There are 220,000 military records available for the last name Barnes. For the veterans among your Barnes ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Barnes lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Barnes life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Barnes in 1940 was 34, and 73 in 2004.

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