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What does Barny mean?

Barny Pronunciation of Barny [barny] as a name for boys is of English derivation, and the meaning of the name Barny is "son of consolation; strong, brave bear". Barny is a variant form of Barnabas (Greek, Aramaic): Greek transcription of an Aramaic name. Barny is also a derivative of Barney (English). Barny is also used as a derivative of Bernard (Old French, Old German).

Associated with: consolation, strong, brave, bear.


Barny has 4 variants: Barna, Barni, Barnie and Bernie.

13 more different relations via Barnabas, Barney, Bernard: Barnaba, Barnabe, Barnabey, Barnaby, Barnard, Bear, Berend, Bern, Bernd, Berndt, Bernis, Bernt and Burnaby.

Creative forms:
(male) Barne, Beirny, ..

(female) Bardy, Barne, ..

Middle name pairings:
Barny Finley (B.F.), ..

How popular is Barny?

Barny is an unusual given name for men. Barny is an uncommon last name too for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related boy names. Bernard (#1218 in recent rankings), Bear (#1307), Bernie, Barnie, Barney and Barnard are the popular related forms of Barny (outside Top 2000). Other variants, like Bernd, are seldom used. These forms of Barny were favored as birth names 105 years ago (median #1125) and are now significantly less popular (#1754, down 97%), with versions like Bernard going out of style. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Barnard, Barney, Barnie, Bear, Bernard, Bernie in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Barny and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Barny is alike in pronunciation to Beirney, Berny, Birney, Birnie, Birny, Burney and Burnie. Other recommended names are Arny, Baily, Bain, Baley, Ban, Bane, Bank, Bar, Barak, Baram, Bard, Barde, Bardo, Barek, Barend, Baret, Bari, Baris, Barnes, Barnet, Barnum, Baron, Barr, Barra, Barrey, Barrt, Barry, Bart, Barth, Bartt (see Bart), Baruj (see Baruch), Baxly, Bay, Bayly, Bayne, Benny, Berky, Berne, Berry, Berty, Birky, Birly, Bjarn, Bjarne, Born, Borne, Bray, Burn, Burne, Burns, Burty, Byrn, Byrne, Carny, Dabny, Dagny, Danny, Hany, Karny (see Kearney), Kearny, Lanny and Manny. These names tend to be more commonly used than Barny.

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