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What does Barnabas mean?

Barnabas Pronunciation of Barnabas [barn-abas] 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.

Associated with: greek, consolation, biblical, saint, britain (england).


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

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Middle name pairings:
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How popular is Barnabas?

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. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Barnie and Barney are the prominent alternative forms of Barnabas (not ranked) listed in the Top 2000. These forms of Barnabas were at the apex of their popularity during 1890-1899 (average #651), but now, the version Barney has become somewhat dated. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Barney, Barnie in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Aaronas, Baltasar, Baltazar, Barack, Barak, Baram, Barbar, Barber, Barclay, Baris, Barklay (see Barclay), Barnard, Barnardo, Barnes, Barnet, Barnett, Barnham (see Barnum), Barnhard, Barnhardo, Barnum, Barra, Barrak, Barrat, Barratt, Barrclay (see Barclay), Bartalan, Barthram (see Bartram), Bartram, Bearnard, Bernal, Bernald, Bernard, Bernardo, Bernarr (see Bernard), Bernis, Bialas, Bradan, Burnard, Burnis, Burns, Byrnes, Carnahan, Darias, Fernandas, Manassas, Marcas and Servaas. These names tend to be more frequently used than Barnabas.

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