What does Barnaby mean?
Barnaby /barn-a-by/ [3 sylls.] as a name for boys is of Greek and Aramaic derivation, and the meaning of the name Barnaby is "son of consolation". Barnaby is a version of Barnabas (Greek, Aramaic): Greek variant of an Aramaic name. Compare last name Barnabei. See also Barney and Burnaby.
How popular is Barnaby?
Barnaby is an uncommon given name for men but a very popular last name for both adults and children (#13931 out of 150436, Top 9%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is an analysis of the usage of the boy name Barnaby and associated names. Barney is the only popular variation form of Barnaby (not ranked) appearing in the Top 1000. Forms like Barnabus are uncommon. Adoption of this boy name reached its most widespread during 1880-1889 (usage of 0.779%) and has become significantly less since, with Barney becoming less trendy. (2014 Birth Statistics)