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Region Origin: Western Europe

The given name Barry is derived from Gaelic, possibly being an Anglicised form of the personal name Báire, which is a short form of the related Irish names Bairrfhionn or Barrfind ("fair-headed", "fair-haired"), and Finbar or Fionnbharr ("fair-topped", "fair-haired"). In other cases, Barry is an Anglicisation of the Irish Ó Báire, meaning "descendant of Báire". The surname Barry has numerous etymological origins, including being derived from place names and personal names. The name is originally of Norman origin, deriving from the old French word "barri," meaning "rampart". The first appearance of the Barry surname in Ireland is associated with the Anglo-Norman invasion in the 12th century. The Barry family is primarily associated with County Cork in Ireland, where several branches developed, such as Barry Mor (Great or Elder Barry), Barry Roe (Red Barry), and Barry Og (Younger Barry). The family's presence in Ireland dates back to the 12th century when they arrived with the Norman-Welsh invasion, although some scholarship suggests that the family may have originated in Flanders. The Barry family has since dispersed throughout Ireland and other countries, including North America, England, Australia, New Zealand, France, and other locations within the Irish diaspora.

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