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The surname Barras is an occupational name; that is, it is derived from the occupation of the original bearer. In this case, it is derived from the Old French word bar, which means bass; sea bass are a staple fish found in the Mediterranean. Occupational names frequently were derived from the principal object associated with the activity of the original bearer, such as tools or products. These types of occupational surnames are called metonymic surnames.

Barras Early Origins



The surname Barras was first found in Provence, where the family has held a family seat from ancient times.

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Barras Spelling Variations


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Barras Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Barras, Baras, Barrasse, Baraz, Le Barras, Barace, Le Barace, Barèce and many more.

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Barras Early History


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Barras Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barras research. Another 369 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1755 and 1829 are included under the topic Early Barras History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Barras Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Barras Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 23 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Barras Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Barras Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joshua Barras, aged 21, settled in Annapolis in 1721
  • Joseph Barras settled in Louisiana in 1757
  • Jacques Barras, who settled in Louisiana in 1765

Barras Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Matias Barras, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Lucus Barras, aged 26, landed in New Orleans, La in 1860

Barras Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Barras, aged 21, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "James Fernie"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Barras (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Barras (post 1700)



  • Allen Barras, American journalist and author
  • Taylor Francis Barras (b. 1957), American accountant, polititian and banker
  • Paul François Jean Nicolas de Barras, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Sébastien Barras, French painter and engraver
  • Romain Barras (b. 1980), French Olympic decathlete
  • Paul Jean François Nicolas Barras (1755-1829), French revolutionary
  • Henri-Georges Siqueira Barras, Brazilian- Swiss football player
  • Tom Barras (b. 1978), English professional road racing cyclist
  • Sid Barras (b. 1948), English former professional road racing cyclist
  • Anthony "Tony" Barras (b. 1971), English footballer

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Vaillance de Barras
Motto Translation: Valour of Barras.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
    3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Conrad, Glenn R. The First Families of Louisiana. Baton Rouge LA: Claitor's Publishing, 1970. Print.
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
    7. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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    The Barras Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Barras Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 11 February 2015 at 14:19.

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