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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.


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


Barnabas is a rare first name for men. Barnabas is also a unique surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of Barnabas and corresponding names. Barney is the only prominent alternative form of Barnabas (#unlisted). This boy name was at the apex of its popularity during the years 1880-1889 and is now significantly less widespread, with the version Barney becoming less trendy. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

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

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