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What does the name Barnes mean?

There are two major hypothesised origins of the Barnes surname, thought to be English and Scottish. Firstly, Barnes is a locational surname, relating to people from one of the number of places named 'Barnes' or 'Bearn'. The surname Barnes can also be topographical, given to someone who lives at or near a barn and their descendants.

The earliest occurrence of the Barnes surname in our family history documents is from 1415, and we currently have 2,055,131 records where Barnes appears.

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