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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) (2000 U.S. Census).
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A suggested similar baby name is Farnum. Like Barnum, this name is not commonly used.
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