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Barbara Meaning


What does Barbara mean?

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.

The Given Name Barbara

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.

Barbara falls into the easy nickname name category.

Some famous bearers of this name include: Barbara Babcock, and Barbara Bain.

Barbara Popularity

In the U.S. in 2018, it ranked 930 in baby name popularity for girls with 285 occurrences. Less than 5 boys were given the name.

In contrast, the year before it ranked 902 in baby name popularity for girls with 296 occurrences. Less than 5 boys were given the name.

The trend's your friend. See how Barbara has changed in popularity since 1880 by visiting the Barbara Name Popularity Page.

Barbara Related Names

Barbara is a form of 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.

Famous Barbaras

  • Barbara ~ 1 hurricane, 1 storm, Saint
  • Barbara Babcock ~ Actress
  • Barbara Bain ~ Actress
  • Barbara Bel Geddes ~ Actress
  • Barbara Bush ~ U. S. First Lady (1989-1993)
  • Barbara Han A gi ~ Saint
  • Barbara Hershey ~ Actress
  • Barbara McClintock ~ Nobel Prize for Medicine 1983
  • Barbara Stanwyck ~ Actress

Barbara Numerology

What will your new littleBarbara be like?

It may all be in the numbers.

The numbers that make up your child's name.

Numerology may give you some insight.

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Barbara 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.