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  • The village in Hertfordshire is from "Beora's ley," from Beora + ley (clearing). The former is a personal name from Old English bera (bear).
  • The village in Lancashire is from Old English bar (boar) or bere (barley) + leah (clearing).
  • As an English surname, from the noun barley. As a south German surname, spelling variant of Behrle, Beerli, themselves related to the noun bear.

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Barley (countable and uncountable, plural Barleys)

  1. A village in Hertfordshire, England.
  2. A village in Lancashire, England.
  3. A surname​.


  • According to the 2010 United States Census, Barley is the 7054th most common surname in the United States, belonging to 4744 individuals. Barley is most common among White (74.49%) and Black/African American (18.93%) individuals.

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