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What does Barnabas mean?

Barnabas \b(a)-rna-bas, bar-nabas\ as a boys' 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.


Variations

Barnabas has 17 variants: Barna, Barnaba, Barnabe, Barnabee, Barnabey, Barnabie, Barnabus, Barnaby, Barnebas, Barnebus, Barney, Barni, Barnie, Barny, Bernabe, Bernabe and Burnaby.


Popularity

Barnabas is a rare first name for men but a somewhat popular surname for both adults and children (#143847 out of 150436, Top 96%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Barney is the only prominent alternative form of Barnabas (#unlisted) listed in the Top 1000. These boy names were at the apex of their popularity during 1880-1889 (usage of 0.779%) and are now significantly less widespread, with Barney becoming less trendy. Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of Barnabas and corresponding names. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Barney in U.S.

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

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