Barbara Family History

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Barbara Name Meaning

Italian, Spanish and Portuguese (Bárbara), and English: from the female personal name Barbara, which was borne by a popular saint, who according to legend was imprisoned in a tower and later put to death by her own father for refusing to recant her Christian beliefs. The name comes from a feminine form of Latin barbarus, Greek barbaros ‘foreign(er)’ (originally an onomatopoeic word formed in imitation of the unintelligible babbling of non-Greeks). Catalan (Barbarà): variant of Barbera.

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

Similar surnames: Barbary, Barbera, Barbaro, Barber, Barba, Barra, Barbas, Barnaby

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Barbara Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Barbara name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Barbara. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Italy


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Germanic Europe


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Barbara Family Origin

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Barbara Family Occupations

What did your Barbara ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Barbara occupation in the UK was Furniture Broker. 100% of Barbara's were Furniture Brokers.

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  • Furniture Broker


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Barbara Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 20,000 census records available for the last name Barbara. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Barbara census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Barbara. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Barbara. For the veterans among your Barbara ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Barbara Life Expectancy

What is the average Barbara lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Barbara life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Barbara in 1941 was 45, and 80 in 2004.

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