ⓘ La Barre

La Barre

ⓘ La Barre

The French surname la Barre has several quite distinct meanings. The name is originally derived from the old French word" barre”, this had two meanings in the ancient language. Firstly," barre” signified" a pole” and may have been applied to an individual who made or sold such objects, on the other hand, the word also meant" the bar at a toll-house” and contemporaries of men who worked in such places may have referred to them in this manner. Thus it is clear that the name has an occupational origin, that is, it is based on the type of work the original bearer once did.

It was not until the early middle Ages that surnames were first used to distinguish between numbers of people bearing the same name. With the growth of documentation in the later middle Ages such names became essential, and a person whose distinguishing name described his trade, his place of residence, Fathers name, or some personal characteristic, passed that name on to their children, and the surname became hereditary.

Variants of the name in modern France include Barre, Delabarre and Desbarres. Famous bearers of the surname were included Pierre-La-Barr, also called barrier. Born in Orleans, the son of a sailor, he was responsible for the assassination plan of Henry IV. Michel de La Barre-French musician, known as the most talented German flutist of his time. Weston La Barre-American ethologist.