What does Barbara mean?
Barbara [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.
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.Creative forms:
(female) Baibara, Barbir, ..
(male) Barbabar, Barbaric, .. Middle name pairings:
Barbara Adilynn (B.A.), ..
How popular is Barbara?
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 history of Barbara for girls. Barbara reached its top rank of #3 in the U.S. during the years 1940-1949, and is currently at #865. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent varying forms of Barbara (#865 last year) are Babe, Babette, Barb, Barbie, Barbra, Bebe, Bobbi, Bobbie, Bobby, Bonni, Bonnie (#871 last year), Bonny, Bunny, Varina and Wava. These relations of Barbara were popular 85 years ago (adoption of 5.1%) and have become significantly less conventional since.
Similar NamesRecommended names are Bahira, Bakura, Balbina, Bambina, Bara, Barah, Barri, Barry, Barta, Bartha, Barucha, Bernarda, Berura, Borsala, Brana, Breana▼, Briana▼, Briar▲, Bryana▼, Bryar, Cantara, Charmara, Damara, Darra, Fabra (see Fabia), Farra, Hadara, Jahzara, Kaara, Kamara, Kanara, Karra, Lacara, Larra, Makara, Marmara, Marra, Nahara, Sabra, Sagara, Sahara, Samara, Sammara, Sarra, Tamara▼, Tammara, Tarra, Tashara and Zahara. These names tend to be less commonly used than Barbara.See names in meaning and etymology.