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What does Barnaby mean?

Barnaby \b(a)-rna-by, bar-naby\ 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 derivative of Barnabas (Greek, Aramaic): Greek form of an Aramaic name. See also Barney and Burnaby.


Barnaby has 5 variants: Barnaba, Barnabee, Barnabey, Barnabie and Burnaby.

Barnaby has 10 more alternative forms via Barnabas: Barna, Barnabe, Barnabus, Barnebas, Barnebus, Barney, Barni, Barnie, Barny and Bernabe.


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 (#unlisted) appearing in the Top 1000. Adoption of these boy names 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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Barney in U.S.

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