Meaning and name origin
Barnabas \b(a)-rna-bas, bar-nabas\ as a boy's name is pronounced BAR-na-bus. It is of Greek and Aramaic origin, and the meaning of Barnabas is "son of consolation". Greek form of an Aramaic name. Biblical: Saint Barnabas was a first-century missionary companion of Paul and uncle of the gospeler Mark. Barnaby is used more often now in Britain. One of Charles Dickens' lesser-known novels is named "Barnaby Rudge". The name is used from time to time among literary parents.
Barnabas is not a popular first name for males and an equally uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Barnabas and its variant forms. The only popular variation form ranked in the Top 1000/100 is Barney. (2014 statistics).