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 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)