Barry Family History

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Barry Name Meaning

Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Beargha ‘descendant of Beargh’, a byname meaning ‘plunderer’. Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Báire ‘descendant of Báire’, a short form of either of two Gaelic personal names, Bairrfhionn or Fionnbharr. English, of Welsh origin: patronymic from Harry, the medieval English vernacular form of Henry, preceded by Welsh ap ‘son of’. Compare Parry. Variant spelling of Barrie 1.

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

Similar surnames: Berry, Barr, Harry, Parry, Merry, Burry, Harty, Barra, Terry, Larry

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Barry Family Origin

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Barry Family Occupations

What did your Barry ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Labourer, Tailor and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Barry. A less common occupation for the Barry family was Shoemaker. The most common Barry occupation in the UK was Labourer. 6% of Barry's were Labourers.

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  • Labourer

  • Tailor

  • Laborer

  • Shoemaker


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Barry ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Barry Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 460,000 census records available for the last name Barry. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Barry 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 88,000 immigration records available for the last name Barry. 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 97,000 military records available for the last name Barry. For the veterans among your Barry ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Barry Life Expectancy

What is the average Barry lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Barry life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Barry in 1940 was 42, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Barry ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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