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The Irish surname Barron, also found in England and Scotland, is originally of Norman French origin, derived from an Old French personal name Baro. The name is found throughout Ireland but is most numerous in Ulster and Leinster, particularly in counties Wexford, Kilkenny, Waterford and Donegal. The Gaelic spelling was Mac Bearáin in Ulster and Barún in Leinster where they were a branch of the Fitzgerald clan.The name is first recorded in the New World in 1634 when Robert Barron settled in Virginia. Today there are approximately 45,000 bearers of the name Barron in the United States.