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 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)