Last name origins & meanings:
- English: topographic name or metonymic occupational name for
someone who lived by or worked at a barn or barns, from Middle English
barn ‘barn’, ‘granary’. In some cases, it may be a habitational
name from Barnes (on the Surrey bank of the Thames in London), which
was named in Old English with this word.
- English: name borne by
the son or servant of a barne, a term used in the early Middle
Ages for a member of the upper classes, although its precise meaning
is not clear (it derives from Old English beorn, Old Norse
barn ‘young warrior’). Barne was also occasionally used
as a personal name (from an Old English, Old Norse byname), and some
examples of the surname may derive from this use.
- Irish: possibly an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Bearáin
‘descendant of Bearán’, a byname meaning ‘spear’.
- French: variant of Bern.
- Jewish: variant of
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