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What does Barbara mean?

Barbara \b(a)-rba-ra, bar-bara\ as a girls' name is pronounced BAR-bra. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Barbara is "foreign woman". The adjective was originally applied to anyone who did not speak Greek; it has the same root as "barbarian". In Roman Catholic custom, Saint Barbara is invoked as a protector against fire and lightning; she is patron saint of architects, stonemasons, and fortifications. Barbra is a spelling variant made familiar by singer/actress/film director Barbra Streisand. Many people may associate the name with the popular doll Barbie, which with Babs, are informal pet forms. Actress Barbara Stanwyck; writer Barbara Tuchman; First Lady Barbara Bush.


Variations

Barbara has 53 variants: Bab, Baba, Babara, Babb, Babbett, Babbette, Babbie, Babe, Babett, Babette, Babita, Babs, Baibin, Barabara, Barb, Barbar, Barbarella, Barbarit, Barbarita, Barbeeleen, Barbel, Barbera, Barbette, Barbey, Barbi, Barbie, Barbora, Barbra, Barbro, Barby, Barra, Basha, Basia, Baubie, Bauby, Beba, Bebe, Berbera, Berberia, Berberya, Berbya, Bibi, Bobbe, Bobbee, Bobbi, Bobbie, Bobby, Bonni, Bonnie, Bonny, Borbala, Varina and Varvara.

For more on this name, see also related girl names Barinda, Bunny and Wava.


Popularity

Barbara is a very popular first name for women (#4 out of 4276, Top 1%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#10548 out of 150436, Top 7%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Shown below is the birth name popularity of Barbara for girls. Barbara reached its top rank of #3 in the U.S. during the years 1940-1949, and is currently at #863. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Barbara name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Barbara outside U.S.

Prominent varying forms of Barbara (#863 last year) are Barb, Barbra, Bobbi, Bobbie, Bobby, Bonnie (#866 last year), Bonny and Wava. These girl names were at the top of their popularity during the years 1950-1959 (usage of 0.4279%) and have become significantly less widespread since (usage 0.0301%, down 93%), with forms such as Barbara, Bobbi, Bobbie, Bobby and Bonny falling out of fashion. Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of the girl name Barbara and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Barb, Barbara, Barbra, Bobbi, Bobbie, Bobby, Bonnie, Bonny, Wava in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Barbara and related baby names outside U.S.

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