Barrett Family History

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Barrett Name Meaning

It may be from a medieval personal name, but if so the form is unclear. Alternatively, it may be a nickname for a quarrelsome or deceitful person, from Middle English bar(r)et(t)e, bar(r)at ‘trouble’, ‘strife’, ‘deception’, ‘cheating’ (Old French barat ‘commerce’, ‘dealings’, a derivative of barater ‘to haggle’). It is possible that the original sense of barat survived unrecorded into Middle English as a word for a market trader; the Italian cognate Baratta has this sense. It could also be a nickname or metonymic occupational name from Old French barette ‘cap’, ‘bonnet’.

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

Similar surnames: Barre, Berrett, Barnett, Garret, Barreto, Parrett, Garnett, Barlett

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Barrett Family Origin

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Barrett Family Occupations

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In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Barrett. 3% of Barrett men worked as a General Labourer and 51% of Barrett women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Barrett were Bricklayer and Private Means

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Gardener
  • Bricklayer

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Housewife
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Private Means

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Barrett Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

There are 126,000 immigration records available for the last name Barrett. 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 124,000 military records available for the last name Barrett. For the veterans among your Barrett ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Barrett Life Expectancy

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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Barrett life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Barrett in 1940 was 49, and 75 in 2004.

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