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Baron Surname Meaning

French English Dutch Polish Czech Romanian and Croatian; Breton (also Le Baron): from Old French barun baron Middle English barun baroun Middle Dutch baroen Polish Czech Romanian and dialectal Croatian baron ‘baron’ (i.e. a nobleman ranking below an earl and above a knight) a title of nobility which was in England also awarded to certain freemen of the cities of London and York and of the Cinque Ports. As a surname it is unlikely to be a status name denoting a person of rank. Generally it referred to service in a baronial household or was acquired as a nickname by a peasant who had ideas above his station or applied to a man showing characteristics of a nobleman. See also 3 and 4 below compare Barron and Lebaron . French: habitational name from (Le) Baron the name of several places in various parts of France. Compare Lebaron . German: status name for a freeman or baron from barūn ‘imperial or church official’ a loanword in Middle High German from Old French (see 1 above). Spanish (Barón): nickname from the title barón ‘baron’ applied as a nickname or as an occupational name for a member of the household of a baron (see 1 above); or from an old personal name of the same origin in the sense ‘free man’ (compare 3 above). Italian (Veneto): variant of Barone . Czech (also Baroň): from a pet form of the personal name Bartoloměj (see Bartholomew ).7: Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Bearáin (see Barnes ).8: Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): artificial name meaning ‘baron’ from German Polish or Russian (see 1 above). In Israel the surname is often interpreted by folk etymology as being from Bar-On ‘son of strength’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Bacon, Barron, Caron, Maron, Baro, Varon, Baran, Baros, Badon, Beron

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You can see how Baron families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Baron family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Baron families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 2,259 Baron families living in Lancashire. This was about 63% of all the recorded Baron's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of Baron families in 1891.
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What did your Baron ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Cotton Weaver and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Baron. 10% of Baron men worked as a Cotton Weaver and 62% of Baron women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Baron were Incapacitated and Housewife. .

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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

  • Cotton Weaver
  • General Labourer
  • Retired
  • Incapacitated

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Cotton Weaver
  • Private Means
  • Housewife
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Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Baron life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Baron in 1942 was 41, and 78 in 2004.

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