Transferred use of the surname, a local name from any of several places in England so named. The one in Gloucestershire is an Old English compound meaning ‘settlement of Beorn's people’. In the Somerset place name the first element is an unattested Old English personal name Bāra, which also occurs, in the genitive form, as the first element of the Cambridgeshire place name. Barrington has also been used as an English form of Gaelic Ó Bearáin.
English and Scottish: occupational name for a tailor, from Old French tailleur (Late Latin taliator, from taliare ‘to cut’). The surname is extremely common in Britain and Ireland, and its numbers have been swelled by its adoption as an Americanized form of the numerous equivalent European names, most of which are also very common among Ashkenazic Jews, for example Schneider, Szabó, and Portnov.