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What does Barry mean?

Barry \b(ar)-ry\ as a boys' name (also used as girls' 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 variants: Bari, Baris, Barree, Barrey, Barrie, Barrington, Baz, Bazz and Berry.

For more on this name, see also related boy names Garry, Barnett and Barrett.

Barry has 10 more related variations via Bairre, Finbar: Bairre, Barr, Barra, Finbarr, Finnbar, Finnbarr, Fionbharr, Fionn, Fionnbarr and Fionnbharr.

Barry has 1 feminine form: Barrie.


Barry is a very popular first name for men (#140 out of 1220, Top 11%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#691 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Presented below is the baby name popularity of Barry for boys. Barry was first listed in 1920-1929 and reached its apex rank of #75 in the U.S. during the years 1950-1959, but is not found in the list at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Barrett (#346 a year ago), Garry, Fionn and Berry are the prominent varying forms of Barry ranked in the Top 1000. These boy names were at the apex of their popularity during the years 1950-1959 (usage of 0.3908%) and have become significantly less popular since (usage 0.1308%, down 66.5%), with the versions Barry, Berry and Garry becoming less fashionable. Barrett (#346) is the most trendy name for newborns among these. Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of Barry and associated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Similar Names

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