Meaning and name origin
Barbara \b(a)-rba-ra, bar-bara\ as a girl's 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. Barb is the short form. Actress Barbara Stanwyck; writer Barbara Tuchman; First Lady Barbara Bush.
Barbara▼ has 53 variant forms: 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, Varvara and Varina.
Barbara is a very popular first name for females (#4 out of 4276, Top 1%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#11413 out of 88799, Top 13%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Barbara for girls. Barbara reached its highest rank of #3 in the U.S. in 1940-1949. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Barbara and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Barbara (#863), Bonnie (#866), Bonny, Wava, Bobby, Bobbie, Barbra, Bobbi and Barb. (2014 statistics).