Barbara name meaning

✍  Updated on: March 10th, 2023
Gender: Unisex, both Boy and Girl
Origin: Latin and Greek
Usage: English, Tamil, German, Italian, Spanish, French, Polish, Hungarian, Slavic, Faroese, Icelandic, Finnish, Swedish, Danish and Norwegian
Pronunciation: pronunciation of Barbara b(a)-rba-ra
Meaning: Strange, Foreign and The Foreign
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What does Barbara mean?

Celebrated and Evergreen unisex name Barbara is used notably in German, English, Hungarian, Polish, Norwegian, Icelandic, Danish, Finnish, Faroese, Swedish, Italian, Tamil, Spanish, French and Slavic which came from Latin and Greek, meaning of Barbara is "Strange, Foreign or Foreign Woman".

It is celebrated on 4th of December.

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How do I pronounce Barbara?

The most common way to pronounce two syllabled Barbara is b(a)-rba-ra. The other ways to say the name is bar-bara.

Variants of Barbara

Baba, Betty, Elisheba, Beata, Berta, Elisabet, Barbaralee, Betje, Betsey, Bettylee, Elizabeth, Bea, Beatus, Beatrix, Bereta, Bertina, Berit, Birgitta, Elisabed, Elsa

Nicknames for Barbara

Possible nicknames for the baby name Barbara include:

Names that rhyme with Barbara

How popular is the name Barbara?

Barbara was an extremely popular name in United States. Over 1438442 babies have been named Barbara since 1880. When at the peak of its usage in 1937, 48791 girls were bestowed the name and it was ranked at 2nd position.

However after 218 years, the name is currently sliding down on the charts. In addition to that, the moniker has been in the top 5 baby names 21 times Also, Barbara is a popular in France where over 25951 new-borns have been given the name since 1900.

At present the name is rising, in 1972, it ranked 60th when 1475 parents chose the moniker for their baby girls. Moreover, the moniker has been to the top 100 baby names 10 times

A common name in Ireland having over 3070 recievers in 52 years of usage.

At the peak of its usage in 1964, 172 girls were bestowed the name and it was ranked at 43rd position. Also, Barbara was a common name in Spain. Over 450 babies have been named Barbara since 2002.

When at its peak in 2002,. After 2 years of usage, the name has fallen out of the charts. Also, Barbara used to be a common name in New South Wales, first appeared in 1952 and over 3460 babies have been given the name in 16 years.

When at the peak of its usage in 1953,. After 16 years of usage, the name has fallen out of the charts. Also, In Queensland, Barbara was once a common name since emerging in 1960 it has been given to over 908 babies.

When at the peak of its usage in 1960,. After 13 years of usage, the name has fallen out of the charts. Also, Barbara was a common name in Western Australia.

Over 807 babies have been named Barbara since 1932. When at its peak in 1933,. After 10 years of usage, the name has fallen out of the charts. Additionally, the first name has been in the top 10 baby names 10 times

Barbara is a familiar baby name in Belgium, it has been in use since 1995 and was able to reach the top 200 names.

In 1995, it achieved its highest ever ranking of 188 on girl names chart when 63 babies were given the name Barbara. Over 416 babies in Belgium have been named Barbara.

The given name is a unique baby name in England and Wales, it has been in use since 1996 and was able to reach the top 900 names. In 1996, it achieved its highest ever ranking of 848 on girl names chart when 42 babies were named Barbara.

There are over 526 babies that have been given the name Barbara in England and Wales. Also, in Switzerland, it has been in use since 1998 and was able to reach the top 300 names.

In 1998, it achieved its highest ever ranking of 244 on girl names chart when 30 babies were named Barbara. Over 324 people have been named Barbara in Switzerland.

Barbara is a rare baby name in Spain where it may not be used now since it isn't seen since 2003.

Over 450 babies in Spain have been named Barbara. However things change on global perspective, Barbara is extremely popular in Germany where every 1 in 300 have the name as well as in, Poland, England and Brazil.

Also the baby name is popular in Canada, Cuba, Austria, Ghana, Chile, Mexico, Australia, Hungary, South Africa, Mozambique, Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina, New Zealand, Scotland, Wales, Slovenia, Haiti, Egypt, Philippines, Central African Republic, Croatia, Jamaica, Sudan, Portugal, Zimbabwe, Peru, Northern Ireland and Zambia.

As per our findings, over 4110000 people has been named Barbara globally.

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Barbara in Nordic countries

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Here's what numbers has to say about Barbara

You are trustworthy and hate liars who obsess over material things. When it comes to romance, you prefer to stay single and don't obsess over stupid things such as cheating, jealousy, lack of freedom and all those relationship stuff. What truly matters is love, friends, family and inner peace and joy. The rest is temporary. You love to change and can't stand constancy and monotony. The letter A as your capstone represents your passion for greater achievements.

Other names liked by soon-to-be-parents that are similar to Barbara

  •  Ardie - Curious and Rooted Ardie has its origin in Latin is a gender insensitive name, Ardie means "Valley of the Eagle, Eagle Valley and Great Forest". Ardie is diminutive of Arden.
  •  Lily - Meaning of Lily is The Lily Flower or God is Fullness is rooted from Latin, Hebrew and English used as a gender insensitive name is used in Swedish and Finnish
  •  Lilya - Rare girl name Lilya came from Latin and Arabic, meaning of Lilya is "Companion of the Night" is specifically used in Finnish
  •  Marie-Jo - Girl name Marie-Jo means "God Adds or Princess of the Sea" is rooted from Hebrew, Latin and Egyptian languages
  •  Peregrin - The rare and fresh boy name Peregrin is of Latin, German and English origin, Peregrin means "Stranger or Pilgrim" is largely used in German
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Sibling Names for Barbara

If you're considering the name Barbara for your baby girl, then you might be thinking about potential sibling names that would complement it nicely. Whether you're looking for classic and timeless choices or something a little more unique and daring, we've compiled a list of great sibling names that pair well with Barbara. Take a look!

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Famous people named Barbara

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  • Barbara Dulinsky, member of the United States Marine Corps who
  • Barbara Strozzi, Italian singer and composer
  • Barbara Abney-Hastings, 13th Countess of Loudoun, Scottish countess in her own right
  • Barbara Simpson, former TV reporter, news anchor
  • Barbara Whiting Smith, actress in movies and on radio and television
  • Barbara Fritchie, Unionist during the Civil War
  • Barbara Stewart, New Zealand politician
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  • Barbara Samson, French poet
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  • Barbara Weiler, Member of the European Parliament with the Social Democratic Party of Germany
  • Barbara Lindquist, triathlete from the United States
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  • Barbara Bielecka, Polish Functionalist architect and a member of the Faculty of Architecture at the Gdańsk University of Technology
  • Barbara Osborn Kreamer, American politician from Aberdeen
  • Barbara Cassani, American businesswoman
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  • Barbara Young, English actress
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  • Barbara Honigmann, German author, artist and theater director
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  • Barbara Goleman, American secondary-school teacher of English literature and winner of the 1969 National Teacher of the Year award
  • Barbara Thiering, Australian historian, theologian
  • Barbara Kolb, American composer
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  • Barbara Moraff, American poet of the Beat generation living
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  • Barbara G. Walker, American author and feminist
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  • Barbara Drake, member of the Fabian Society and trade unionist
  • Barbara McClintock, American scientist and cytogeneticist
  • Barbara Morgan, American teacher and a former NASA astronaut
  • Barbara Simons, computer scientist and the past president of the Association for Computing Machinery
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  • Barbara Smoker, British Humanist activist and freethought advocate
  • Barbara Harris, retired bishop of the Episcopal Church
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  • Barbara Olson, American lawyer and conservative television commentator
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  • Barbara Bush, First Lady of the United States

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