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Meaning & History
Derived from barbeau meaning "barbel", a type of fish, hence a metonymic occupational name for a fisherman, or a nickname for a man with a sparse beard, the fish being distinguished by beardlike growths on either side of its mouth. It is also a nickname from a derivative of Old French and Occitan barbel meaning "point, tooth".