The barber…

Noun – person whose occupation it is to cut and dress the hair of customers,especially men, and to shave or trim the beard.
Word Origin and History
n. – c.1300, from Anglo-French barbour (attested as a surname from early13c.), from Old French barbeor, barbieor (Modern French barbier, which has a more restricted sense than the English word), from Vulgar Latin*barbatorem, from Latin barba “beard”. Originally also regular practitioners of surgery, they were restricted to haircutting and dentistry under Henry VIII.
In the Bible
Found only once, in Ezek. 5:1, where reference is made to the Jewish custom of shaving the head as a sign of mourning. The Nazarites were untouched by the razor from their birth (Num. 6:5). Comp. Judg. 16:19.

Barber shops are also places of social interaction and public discourse. In some instances, barbershops are also public forums. They are the locations of open debates, voicing public concerns, and engaging citizens in discussions about contemporary issues. They were also influential in helping shape male identity.


In previous times barbers wereknown as barber surgeons, also performing surgery and dentistry. With the development of safety razors and the decreasing prevalence of beards (until the hipsters came along!), in English-speaking cultures, most barbers now specialize in cutting men’s scalp hair as opposed to facial hair.


Some simple thoughts about our chosen profession, it has a long & varied history. Enjoy!

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