Barrow Family History

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Barrow Name Meaning

habitational name from any of the numerous places named with Old English bearo, bearu ‘grove’ (dative bear(o)we, bearuwe), for example in Cheshire, Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Shropshire, Suffolk, and Somerset, or a topographic name with the same meaning. topographic name for someone who lived by an ancient burial mound, Middle English berwe, barwe, or a habitational name from a place named with this word (Old English beorg, dative beorge), of which there is one near Leicester and another in Somerset. habitational name from Barrow in Furness, Cumbria, which is named with an unattested Celtic word, barr, here meaning ‘promontory’, + Old Norse ey ‘island’.

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

Similar surnames: Barlow, Carrow, Yarrow, Harrow, Barre, Barrows, Arrow, Harlow, Harrop

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Barrow Family Origin

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Barrow 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 Barrow. 10% of Barrow men worked as a General Labourer and 67% of Barrow women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Barrow were Incapacitated and Private Means

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Farmer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Incapacitated

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.

Barrow Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 186,000 census records available for the last name Barrow. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Barrow 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 24,000 immigration records available for the last name Barrow. 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 23,000 military records available for the last name Barrow. For the veterans among your Barrow ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Barrow Life Expectancy

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Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Barrow life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 1952. The average life expectancy for Barrow in 1942 was 54, and 76 in 2004.

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