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Barnett Surname Meaning

English: habitational name from various places for example Chipping (High) Barnet East Barnet and Friern Barnet in Greater London named with Old English bærnet ‘place cleared by burning’ (a derivative of bærnan ‘to burn to set light to’). English (of Norman origin): from a medieval personal name a variant of Bernard . Jewish (Ashkenazic): this surname has been adopted by Ashkenazic Jews in the English-speaking world perhaps as an Anglicized form of a vaguely similar Jewish name such as Baruch .

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

Similar surnames: Barrett, Arnett, Garnett, Barnes, Barlett, Burgett, Barner, Baskett

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Where is the Barnett family from?

You can see how Barnett families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Barnett family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Barnett families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 2,657 Barnett families living in London. This was about 19% of all the recorded Barnett's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Barnett families in 1891.
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What did your Barnett 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 Barnett. 7% of Barnett men worked as a General Labourer and 66% of Barnett women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Barnett were Retired 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
  • Incapacitated
  • Retired

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Incapacitated
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Passenger Lists

There are 63,000 immigration records available for the last name Barnett. 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 Cards

There are 98,000 military records available for the last name Barnett. For the veterans among your Barnett ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Barnett lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Barnett life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Barnett in 1941 was 19, and 74 in 2004.

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