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Meaning and name origin

Barnum \b(a)-rnum, bar-num\ as a boy's name is of Old English origin. Possibly derived from "Baron's home". In America, inseparable from Phineas T. Barnum, founder of Barnum & Bailey's circus and one of America's great showmen.


Barnum has 1 variant form: Barnham.


Barnum is not a popular first name for males but a very popular surname or last name for all people (#5424 out of 88799, Top 6%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Barnum for boys. Barnum has not been ranked in the Top 1000/100 so far. (2014 statistics).

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

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

Similar Names

A suggested similar baby name is Farnum. Like Barnum, this name is not commonly used.