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What does Barrett mean?

Barrett Pronunciation of Barrett [bar-rett] as a boys' name is pronounced BARE-et. Possibly (Middle English) "dispute, argument", (Old German) "bear-strength", or from Barrette (Old French) "cap". Transferred use of the surname, used as a given name mostly in the 19th century, probably due to the fame of English poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

Associated with: old, bear, strength, surname, 19th century, fame.


Barrett has 8 variants: Baret, Barrat, Barratt, Barret, Barrette, Barrey, Barrie and Barry.

Creative forms:
(male) Bardy, Borett, ..

(female) Barda, ..

Middle name pairings:
Barrett Rex (B.R.), ..

How popular is Barrett?

Barrett is a somewhat prominent first name for males (#1044 out of 1220, Top 86%) and an even more prominent surname for all people (#288 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Barrett reached its apex rank of #313 in the U.S. in the year 2015. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Barrett name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Prominent related forms of Barrett (#313 in recent rankings) are Barret, Barrie and Barry (#1278 in recent rankings). These forms of Barrett were at the peak of their popularity 7 decades ago (usage of 0.3%) and have become much less conventional since (usage 0.1%, 76%). Barry is more widely used than the rest, though Barrett is currently ranked higher, while Barry used to be popular.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Barrett, Barret, Barrie, Barry in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Barde, Barnet, Barnett, Baronett (see Barnett), Barree, Barren, Barrt, Bart, Barth, Bartlett, Bartt (see Bart), Bassett, Bernett, Birkett, Bret, Brett, Brette, Britt, Burdett, Burkett, Burnett, Burtt, Garett, Garnett, Garratt, Garret, Garreth, Garrett, Garritt, Garrott, Jarett, Jarret, Jarreth, Jarrett, Jarrott, Jerrett, Merrett and Tarrent. These names tend to be less commonly used than Barrett.