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 La Barbierre family
The surname La 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 La Barbierre family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our La 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 La Barbierre History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
La Barbierre 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 La Barbierre, 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 La 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 La Barbierre Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the La Barbierre family to the New World and Oceana
In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name La Barbierre has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name La 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.