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Meaning and Origin

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Bar"ber
One whose occupation it is to shave or trim the beard, and to cut and dress the hair of his patrons.

Note: ☞ Formerly the barber practiced some offices of surgery, such as letting blood and pulling teeth. Hence such terms as barber surgeonold form barber chirurgeon ), barber surgery , etc.

Etymology: OE. barbour, OF. barbeor, F. barbier, as if fr. an assumed L. barbator, fr. barba beard. See 1st Barb

verb Bar"ber
To shave and dress the beard or hair of.
noun Bar"ber
A storm accompanied by driving ice spicules formed from sea water, esp. one occurring on the Gulf of St. Lawrence; -- so named from the cutting ice spicules.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A hairdresser who cuts hair and shaves beards as a trade
  2. United States composer (1910-1981)
  3. Perform the services of a barber: cut the hair and/or beard of
Wiktionary

From Anglo-Norman barbour, from Old French barbeor, from barbe (“beard”), from Latin barba.

  1. A person whose profession is cutting (usually male) customers' hair and beards.
  2. A barber surgeon, a foot soldier specializing in treating battlefield injuries.
  3. (Canada) A storm accompanied by driving ice spicules formed from sea water, especially one occurring on the Gulf of St. Lawrence; so named from the cutting ice spicules.

barber was also found in the following language(s): Catalan, French, and Norwegian Bokmål

Notable Persons Named Barber

Barber Conable was a congressman. He was most active from 1983 to 1985. Barber was born on November 2nd, 1922 in Warsaw, New York. He died on November 30th, 2003.

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Barber is an athlete for the CF Sporting Mahonés.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Barber

Andrea Barber is an actor and actress. She was most prominent from 1982 to 1995. Andrea was given the name Andrea Laura Barber on July 3rd, 1976 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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Tiki Barber is a football player. Tiki was born on April 7th, 1975 in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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Glynis Barber is an actress. She was most prominent from 1979 to present. Glynis was given the name Glynis van der Riet on October 25th, 1955 in Durban.

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Dan was born in 1969 in New York City, New York, U.S.

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Ronde Barber is a football player. Ronde was born on April 7th, 1975 in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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Frances Barber is an actress. Frances was given the name Frances J Brookes on May 13th, 1957 in Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England.

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Popularity of Barber as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Barber U.S.
  White 75.48% 64.26%
  African American 18.38% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.64% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.02% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.08% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.39% 16.26%

Of Last Name Barber

People with the last name Barber are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Barber

  • How Popular is the name Barber? Barber is the 59,529th most popular name of all time. As a last name Barber was the 406th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Barber have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 23 babies born with the first name Barber in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Barber? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1913 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Barber first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Barber is Saturday, February 19th, 1881.
  • What year had the most people named Barber born? The highest recorded use of the first name Barber was in 1920 with a total of 7 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Barber: Your name in reverse order is Rebrab. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Babrer. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Barber? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 78,848 people with the last name Barber.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Barber? Barber was ranked as the 406th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.