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What does Barry mean?

Barry Pronunciation of Barry [bar-ry] as a boys' name (also used less widely 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.

Associated with: irish, fair (white), old, spear (warrior), saint, monastery, fame.


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

Related boy names: Garry, Barnett and Barrett.

3 more relations via Bairre, Finbar: Bairre, Barr and Barra.

1 feminine form: Barrie.

Creative forms:
(male) Barbry, Burry, ..

(female) Baria, ..

Middle name pairings:
Barry Omar (B.O.), ..

How popular is Barry?

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)

Barry reached its apex rank of #72 in the U.S. in the 1950s, and is at #1278 presently. (2015 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Barrett (#313 via latest list), Berry, Garry, Barrington, Barrie and Barnett are the prominent varying forms of Barry (#1278 via latest list) ranked in the Top 2000. Other forms, like Barr, are uncommon. These relations of Barry were at the apex of their popularity 7 decades ago (median #1073) and have become significantly less popular since (#1655, 82% less usage). Barry has been the top favorite, though Barrett is now the more favored form, while versions like Garry are now somewhat dated.

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

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Berry, Garry in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Arry, Baily, Baird, Baley, Bar, Barak, Baram, Bard, Barde, Bardo, Barek, Baret, Barna, Barney, Barni, Barny, Baron, Barrak, Barrat, Barren, Barret, Barric, Barron, Barrt, Bart, Barth, Bartt (see Bart), Baruj (see Baruch), Baxly, Bay, Bayly, Bayrd, Berky, Berny, Berty, Birky, Birly, Birny (see Birney), Bray, Burr, Burty, Camry, Cary, Clarry, Corry, Curry, Darry, Derry, Gary, Gerry, Harry, Horry, Jary, Jerry, Jorry, Kerry, Korry, Larry, Lary, Lawry, Lorry, Mabry, Maury, Morry, Murry, Orry, Parry, Perry, Qadry, Rorry, Terry and Torry. These names tend to be less frequently used than Barry.

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