An Irish and English surname, Barron comes from the Gaelic term ‘baun’ which refers to a noble title of Baron. There is also the Old French term ‘barun’ which meant a noble rank. The spelling variations for Barron include Barrone, Baron and Barone. In England the northern region; Yorkshire, Durham, and Lancashire, have the higher concentration of those with the Barron name. There are many in the city of London and surrounding counties also. In County Waterford, Ireland is where many with the Barron surname first lived. Centuries later several of those Barron families moved to Canada, the United States and Australia from Ireland. In Scotland most all of the country has many with the Barron surname. The highest percentage are found in Aberdeenshire, Banffshire, Moray, Nairnshire and Lanarkshire. Within the United States the Barron surname started in Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas. Famous: Steve Barron (film director from Ireland), Clarence W. Barron (co-founder of the Dow Jones & Company and developer of The Wall Street Journal), John Adrian Shepherd-Barron (inventor from Scotland of the ATM - Automated Teller Machine), Tony Barron (professional baseball player), Kenny Barron (musician), John Barron (journalist) and Jim Barron (professional footballer from England).