Barker was a wizard or witch who co-founded the broomstick-making company Flyte and Barker along with Flyte.[1]


The surname Barker derives from an English occupational name for a leather tanner, from Middle English bark(en), "to tan."[2][3] Tree bark was once used in the process of tanning leather.[2][3]

It may also derive from an occupational name for a shepherd, from the Old French word bercher/bercher, "shepherd," from the Late Latin berbicarius, from the Latin berbex, "ram."[2][3]

"Barker" is an English word for a person whose job involves calling out to people walking by in the hope of soliciting customers for a particular business or attraction (such as at a carnival).[4]


Notes and references

  1. Quidditch Through the Ages, Chapter 9 (The Development of the Racing Broom)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Barker" on
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Barker" on the Internet Surname Database
  4. "barker" on Wiktionary