Last name origins & meanings:
- French: nickname for someone with a beard, Old French
barbe (Latin barba).
- French: from the female
personal name, French form of Barbara.
- German: from Middle
High German barbe, the name of a species of fish resembling the
carp; hence by metonymy an occupational name for a fisherman or fish
dealer, or possibly a nickname for someone thought to resemble the
fish in some way.
- A man called Barbe, born in London, England, under the name
<xref>Beard</xref>, is documented in Pointe-aux-Trembles, Quebec, in
1699. He was also known as Abel, Bear, and Buard.
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