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See also: barley
- 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.
- 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.
- Hanks, Patrick, editor (2003) , “Barley”, in Dictionary of American Family Names, New York City: Oxford University Press, →ISBN