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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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Barnes Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Barnes name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Barnes Family Origin

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Barnes Family Occupations

What did your Barnes ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Barnes occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 4% of Barnes's were Agricultural Labourers. A less common occupation for the Barnes family was Coal Miner. Agricultural Labourer, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Barnes.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Coal Miner


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Barnes Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

There are 111,000 immigration records available for the last name Barnes. 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 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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Barnes Life Expectancy

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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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