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What does Barney mean?

Barney Pronunciation of Barney [bar-ney] as a boys' name is pronounced BAR-nee. It is of English origin. Pet form of Barnabas and Barnaby. Modern use likely refers to the famous large purple dinosaur.

Associated with: modern, famous.


Barney has 2 variants: Barnie and Barny.

Affiliated boy names: Barnett and Bernard.

10 more alternative forms via Barnabas, Barnaby: Barna, Barnaba, Barnabe, Barnabee, Barnabey, Barnaby, Barnebas, Barnebus, Barni and Burnaby.

Creative forms:
(male) Burnney, ..

(female) Barin, Barne, ..

Middle name pairings:
Barney Donavan (B.D.), ..

How popular is Barney?

Barney is a somewhat prominent first name for men (#705 out of 1220, Top 58%) and an even more prominent last name for all people (#2144 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Barney was first listed in 1880-1889 and reached its top position of #221 in the U.S. then, but is not listed currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Barney name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Barney outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Bernard (#1218 last year), Barnie and Barnett are the popular alternative forms of Barney appearing in the Top 2000. These relations of Barney were at the apex of their popularity in the 1910s (usage of 0.4%) and are now significantly less common.

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

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

Similar Names

Barney is alike in pronunciation to Beirney, Bernie, Berny, Birney, Birnie, Birny, Burney and Burnie. Other suggested similar names are Arney, Bailey, Baley, Bane, Baram, Barde, Baret, Barker, Barkley, Barnes, Barnum, Baronet, Barret, Barrey, Barry, Bartel, Barten, Baxley, Bayley, Bayne, Bern, Berne, Biren, Birkey, Birley, Bjarne, Blaney, Born, Borne, Bourne, Bren, Brien, Bryen, Burnel (see Burnell), Burnet, Byren, Byrne, Carey, Carley, Carne, Carney, Carny, Carrey, Corney, Darbey, Darnley, Earley, Farley, Farnley, Farnly (see Farnley), Garner, Garnet, Garrey, Garvey, Hardey, Harley, Harvey, Jarvey, Karney, Larrey, Markey, Parnel, Parrey, Tanney, Tiarney, Warley and Yarley. These names tend to be less frequently used than Barney.