The English surname Barber, also found in Ireland and Scotland, is an occupational name for a barber, deriving from the Anglo-Norman French barber, Old French barbier, from Late Latin barbarius, a derivative of barba meaning “beard.” In the Middle Ages barbers not only cut hair and shaved beards, but also practiced surgery and pulled teeth. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Alan le Barbur, which was dated 1221, witness in the "Assize Court Rolls of Warwickshire." The name is first recorded in the New World in 1620 when Henry Barber is recorded in Virginia. Today there are approximately 75,000 bearers of the name Barber living in the US.
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