The sir name Barrett is said to have originated form two sources, Irish and French. According to the Irish origin it is a hereditary sir name formed by the variation of the father’s name Berold. A family with this name was found to be living in Yorkshire. According to the French tradition, the family was living in Normandy since the medieval times. In France it is a habitation name that was given to people who lived in a place called Barrault. The motto of this family is ‘For wishing well’.
The name Barrett is often used as a boy's name. It originated from German. The meaning of the name is "strong as a bear".