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Type Surname (from occupation)
Pronounced Pron. Barry-ann(Middle English)  [key]

Meaning & History

The name is pre 7th century Olde English and later Olde French. It derives from the word burri or berri, translating as a fortress or castle and means 'one who dwelt at the castle'. The suffix 'man' also indicates that it was job descriptive for a guard or keeper of the castle. The surname, with or without a suffix, can be seen locationally in the place name Bury, as found in several parts of the country or Berry Brow, a village in Yorkshire.
Added 9/2/2016 by anonymous
Edited 3/12/2017 by LMS