Barlow comes from an English surname, originally a locational name for someone who came from any place called Barlow. The name has a few possible origins:

  • it’s made up of Old English bere (barley) and hlaw (hill) meaning “barley hill”;
  • I’ve also seen the second element derived from lēah (wood; clearing; meadow) so Barlow would mean “barley clearing” in reference to a place where barley was grown;
  • it may also be composed of Old English bār (boar) and lēah (clearing, meadow), likely in reference to a clearing where boar grew

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: “barley hill” or “barley clearing” or “boar clearing”

Usage: English



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