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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 boy names Barnett and Bernard.


Barney is a somewhat popular first name for males (#705 out of 1220) and an even more popular surname or last name for all people (#2240 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Barney for boys (2015 statistics).

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Barney and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Barney and Bernard. (2015 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 also pronounced similarly to Barna, Barni, 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 commonly used than Barney.


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