Barbara - Meaning Of Barbara, What Does Barbara Mean?

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Barbara Meaning


What does Barbara mean, popularity, numerology and more.

The name Barbara is of Latin origin.

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

Barbara is generally used as a girl's name. It consists of 7 letters and 3 syllables and is pronounced Bar-ba-ra.

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.

Barbara is a form of the name Barbaros.

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.

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.

Barbara falls into the easy nickname name category.

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

Would you like to fingerspell the name Barbara in American Sign Language?
Then just follow the diagram below.

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.

Looking for something more mystical? Visit the Barbara Numerology page.

Barbara Numerology
Barbara in Hieroglyhics
Barbara in Nautical Flags
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.

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