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Bahr Family History

Bahr Surname Meaning

North German: from Middle Low German bar(e) ‘bear’ hence a nickname for someone thought to resemble the animal a metonymic occupational name for someone who kept a performing bear or a topographic or habitational name referring to a house distinguished by the sign of a bear. In some cases it may derive from a personal name containing this element. German (Bähr): variant of Baer 1 a cognate of 1 above of Middle High German origin. Compare Baehr 1 and Bar Jewish (Ashkenazic; Bähr): variant of Baer Compare Baehr Germanized form (Bähr) of Sorbian Běr: from a short form of the Old Sorbian personal name Běrisław (based on the Old Slavic imperative beri ‘collect’). Compare Baehr Muslim (mainly Egypt): from Arabic baḥr ‘sea’. This word is used in composite epithets such as Baḥr al-ʿUlūm ‘sea of knowledge’ a delightful nickname for a scholar and the surname might have originated from such use.

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

Similar surnames: Baer, Barr, Bahl, Ahr, Haar, Bahn, Baar, Baum, Fahr, Gahr

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Where is the Bahr family from?

You can see how Bahr families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bahr family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bahr families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 13 Bahr families living in London. This was about 59% of all the recorded Bahr's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Bahr families in 1891.
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What did your Bahr ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Unpaid Domestic Duties was the top reported job for people in the United Kingdom named Bahr. 100% of Bahr women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. .

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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 Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
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There are 12,000 military records available for the last name Bahr. For the veterans among your Bahr ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bahr lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Bahr life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Bahr in 1941 was 32, and 79 in 2004.

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