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What does Barney mean?

Barney Pronunciation of Barney as a boys' name is pronounced BAR-nee. It is of English origin. Pet form of Barnabas and Barnaby. Modern use likely refers to the famous large purple dinosaur. Also form of Barnett. Also form of Bernard.


ASSOCIATED WITH modern, famous


VARIANTS Barnie, Barny

ALTERNATIVE FORMS VIA BARNABAS, BARNABY Barna, Barnaba, Barnabe, Barnabee, Barnabey, Barnaby, Barnebas, Barnebus, Barni, Burnaby



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How popular is Barney?

Barney is a somewhat prominent first name for men (#705 out of 1220, Top 58%) and an even more prominent last name for all people (#2144 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Barney was first listed in 1880-1889 and reached its top position of #221 in the U.S. then, but is not listed currently. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Bernard (#1151 LAST YEAR), Barnett and Barnie are the popular alternative forms of Barney appearing in the Top 2000. These relations of Barney were at the apex of their popularity in the 1910s (USAGE OF 0.4%) and are now significantly less common.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Barney, Barnett, Barnie, Bernard in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Barney is alike in pronunciation to Barna, Barni, Beirney, Bernie, Berny, Birney, Birnie, Birny, Burney and Burnie. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Arney, Bailey, Baley, Bane, Baram, Baret, Barker, Barkley, Barnabey (see Barnabas), Barnes, Baronet, Barree, Barren, Barrey, Barry, Bartel, Baxley, Bayley, Bayne, Beirne, Berne, Biren, Birkey, Birley, Bjarne, Born, Borne, Bren, Brien, Bryen, Burn, Burne, Burnet, Byren, Byrne, Carey, Carley, Carne, Carney, Carny, Carrey, Corney, Darbey, Darnley, Earley, Farley, Farnley, Farnly (see Farnley), Garner, Garnet, Garrey, Garvey, Hardey, Harley, Harvey, Jarvey, Karney, Larrey, Markey, Parnel, Parrey, Tanney, Tiarney, Warley and Yarley. These names tend to be less frequently used than Barney.