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Origin & Meaning

The name Barbara is of Latin origin.

The meaning of Barbara is "foreigner, stranger, traveler from a foreign land".  


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 863  in baby name popularity for girls with 315 occurrences.    Less than 5 boys were given the name. 

View the Barbara Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Barbara has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Barbara to other names.


A name originally used for anyone who did not speak Greek. It referred to the unintelligible chatter of foreigners which sounded to the Greeks like bar-bar.

According to legend, St. Barbara was imprisoned in a tower by her father, who was struck down by lightning after murdering her. She is accordingly the Patron Saint of architects, stonemasons, fortifications, artillerymen and firework makers.


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Related Names

Barbara is a form of the name Barbaros.

The names Babara, Babbette, Baibre, Bairbre, Barabal, Barabell, Barbary, Barbel, Barbette, Barbora, Barbra, Barbrea, Barbro, Basia, Bora, Borbala, Labarbara, Varvara are all forms of Barbara.

Barbara has the diminutives (nicknames) Babe, Babette, Babs, Baibin, Barb, Barbe, Barbee, Barbi, Barbie.

Other Tidbits

Barbara falls into the easy nickname name category.

Some famous bearers of this name include: Barbara Bush, Barbara Eden, Barbara Stanwyck, Barbara Walters .

Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name Barbara in American Sign Language?

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Barbara.

Just for fun, see the name Barbara in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Barbara in Nautical Flags page.

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Last year this name was ranked as one of the top 1000 most popular names within its gender.

Keep in mind how popular a name is. Your child may feel that they fit in more with a more popular name. On the other hand, they may feel more special if their name is less popular and more uniquely their own. As you see it can go both ways, so just keep this point in mind as you examine the different possibilities.

Please refer to our Naming Tips page for more items to keep in mind when determining your baby's name.