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What does Barney mean?

Barney \b(a)-rney, 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.


Barney has 2 variants: Barnie and Barny.

For more information, see also related boy names Barnett and Bernard.

Barney has 13 more alternative forms via Barnabas, Barnaby: Barna, Barnaba, Barnabe, Barnabee, Barnabey, Barnabie, Barnabus, Barnaby, Barnebas, Barnebus, Barni, Bernabe and Burnaby.


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. Census)

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Barney for boys. Barney reached its top position of #221 in the U.S. then, but is not listed currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of Barney and related names. Bernard is the only other popular alternative form of Barney appearing in the Top 1000. These boy names were at the apex of their popularity during the years 1890-1899 (usage of 0.846%) and are now significantly less popular, with the versions Barney and Bernard becoming less fashionable. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Barney, 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, Berny, Birney, Birny and Burney. Other suggested similar baby names are Barnes, Barnet, Barren, Barrey, Berne, Borne, Burne, Byrne, Carney and Karney. These names tend to be less frequently used than Barney.