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Origin & Meaning

The name Barry is of Irish and Gaelic origin.

The meaning of Barry is "white head, fair haired".  


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 1382 in baby name popularity for boys with 122 occurrences.    Less than 5 girls were given the name. 

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


The name Barry is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic name Barra from the Old Irish Bairre which is a short form of Bairrfhionn, Fionnbharr.

It is derived from the Gaelic elements fionn meaning "white, fair" and barr meaning "head".


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Barry is a form of the name Barra.

Variants of the name Barry include Barey, Bari, Barree, Barri, Barrie, Berry.

Other Tidbits

Some famous bearers of this name include: Barry Bonds, Barry Sanders.

Name Fun

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Irish names usually contain a given, middle and family name.

Given names frequently have their source in the Roman Catholic faith, or are derived from the traditional Gaelic.

Some Gaelic or old Irish names date back to the Celtic origins of Gaelach (Ireland). These names find their basis in ancient pagan religions, myths, legends, and superstitions held by the Gaels.