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Meaning and name origin

Barry \b(ar)-ry\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's name Barry), is pronounced BARE-ee. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Barry is "fair-haired". Anglicized form of the Irish Gaelic name Barra, from Bairre (Old Irish), a short form of "fionnbharr", meaning "fair-haired" (see Finbar). Also possibly from Bearach (Irish, Gaelic) "spear; sharp, pointed". Saint Bairre (seventh century) founded a monastery that became the city of Cork in Ireland. Possibly influenced by the fame of Sir James Barrie, author of "Peter Pan". Baz and Bazza (Australian informal) are pet forms. Senator Barry M. Goldwater; film director Baz Lurhmann; singer Barry Manilow; baseball player Barry Bonds.


Barry has 9 variant forms: Bari, Barree, Barrey, Barrie, Barrington, Baris, Baz, Bazz and Berry.

For more information, see also related boy names Garry, Barnett and Barrett.

There is 1 feminine form of Barry: Barrie.


Barry is a very popular first name for males (#140 out of 1220, Top 11%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#771 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Barry for boys. Barry reached its highest rank of #75 in the U.S. in 1950-1959. (2014 statistics).

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Barry and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Barrett (#346), Garry, Barry and Berry. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Barrett, Barry, Berry, Garry in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar baby names are Bar, Barny, Barr, Barrt, Bray, Burr, Darry, Harry, Larry and Parry. These names tend to be less commonly used than Barry.