The surname is one of the most ancient names that came Medieval French society. It was a Norman name for a person who was a barber having derived from the Old French word barbe, meaning whisker and it refers to a person who was in the business of cutting hair and shaving men's beards. In some cases the name may have also been derived from a nickname
for a man with a heavy beard.
Early Origins of the Barbierre family
The surname Barbierre was first found in Normandy
(French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy
, where the family held a family seat
from very ancient times.
Early History of the Barbierre family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barbierre research.Another 431 words (31 lines of text) covering the years 1143, 1258, 1430, 1500, 1575, 1614, 1647, 1674, 1689, 1699, 1714, 1765, 1771, 1805, 1825, and 1882 are included under the topic Early Barbierre History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Barbierre Spelling Variations
French surnames were subject to numerous spelling alterations depending on the region and time it was used. The early development of the French language relied heavily on borrowing elements and grammar from other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire
. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance
. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Barbierre is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations
of the name include Barbier, Barbbier, le Barbier, la Barbier, de Barbier, Barbierre, Barbière, Barbiere, la Barbière, la Barbierre, le Barbierre, Barrbier, Barrebier, Baurbier, Baurbierre and many more.
Early Notables of the Barbierre family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family in this period was Louis Barbier (1593-1670), known as Abbé de la Rivière, a French clergyman, Bishop of Langres in 1655 who made a fortune by... Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Barbierre Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Barbierre family to the New World and Oceana
By 1643 there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Since immigration was slow, early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England
and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Barbierre has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Barbierre were M. Barbier, aged 20, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719; Jean Baptiste Barbier, who came to Louisiana in 1756; a Miss Barbier, who arrived in New Orleans in 1821.