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Barney meaning and name origin
Barney \b(a)-rney, bar-ney\ as a boy's 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 variant forms: Barnie and Barny.
For more information, see also related names Barnett and Bernard.
Baby names that sound like Barney are Birney and Burney.
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Popularity of Barney
Barney is a somewhat popular first name for men (#705 out of 1220) and an even more popular surname or last name for all people (#2240 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)
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