When Alexander B. Barr was born on 17 June 1818, in Houston, Renfrewshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, his father, Robert Barr, was 20 and his mother, Grissel Gardner, was 17. He married Elisabeth Stewart on 25 March 1836, in Houston, Renfrewshire, Scotland. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He lived in Gorbals, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom in 1851 and Orford, Kent, Ontario, Canada for about 10 years. He died on 20 August 1898, in York, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, at the age of 80.
Scottish (Glasgow) and northern Irish (Ulster): habitational name from any of various places in southwestern Scotland, in particular Ayrshire and Renfrewshire, named with Gaelic barr ‘height, hill’ or a Brittonic cognate of this.
English and Welsh: habitational name from Great Barr in Staffordshire. This is from Brittonic barro- ‘top, summit’, referring to Barr Beacon; there is evidence that this was known as la Bare in the 13th century.
English (of Norman origin): habitational name from Barre-en-Ouche in Eure, France, or perhaps from Barre-de-Semilly in Manche, France.
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