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 Barrbier family
The surname Barrbier 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 Barrbier family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barrbier 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 Barrbier History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Barrbier Spelling Variations
Most surnames have experienced slight spelling changes. A son may not chose to spell his name the same way that his father did. Many were errors, many deliberate. During the early development of the French language, a person usually gave his version, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Prefixes or suffixes varied. They were optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, there a many spelling variations
of the name Barrbier, including 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 Barrbier 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 Barrbier Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Barrbier family to the New World and Oceana
French settlers came early to North American, following in the wake of the explorers, and creating New France. Quebec City, founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain is said to have been the first American site founded as a permanent settlement, rather than as just a commercial outpost. But emigration was slow, in 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 French people in Quebec, and by 1663, when the region was officially made The Royal Colony of New France, by Louis XIV, there still only around 500 settlers. Over 2,000 would arrive during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. Youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted immigrants, both noble and commoner from France. By 1675, there were around 7000 French in the colony, and by that 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. Despite the loss of the Colony to England
, the French people flourished in Lower Canada. Among settlers to North America of the Barrbier surname 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.