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


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).

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