Origin of the name Barbara
Barbara, of Latin origin, is a very popular first name. It is more often used as a girl (female) name.
People having the name Barbara are in general originating from Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Slovenia, United Kingdom, United States of America.
Name meaning of Barbara
- Name Number: 7
- Interpretation: Inner, Thought, Mind, Psychology, Secret, Mystic, Strange, Study, Knowledge, Loneliness, Rest
History and Related Information
English, German, and Polish: from Latin, meaning ‘foreign woman’ (a feminine form of barbarus foreign, from Greek, referring originally to the unintelligible chatter of foreigners, which sounded to the Greek ear like no more than bar-bar). St Barbara has always been one of the most popular saints in the calendar, although there is some doubt whether she ever existed. According to legend, she was imprisoned in a tower and later murdered by her father, who was then struck down by a bolt of lightning; accordingly, she is the patron of architects, stonemasons, and fortifications, and of firework makers, artillerymen, and gunpowder magazines. The name is now occasionally modishly spelled Barbra, notably in the case of the actress and singer Barbra Streisand (b. 1942).
Cognates: Irish Gaelic: Bairbre. Scottish Gaelic: Barabal. Swedish: Barbro. Czech: Barbora. Russian: Varvara. Hungarian: Borbála.
Short forms: English: Barb (mainly U.S. informal). French: Barbe.
Pet forms: English: Barbie, Babs. Irish Gaelic: Baibín. German: Bärbel. Polish: Basia. Czech: Bára, Bora, Bar(čin)ka, Barun(k)a, Baruška.
Popularity of the given name
The name Barbara is ranked on the 122ⁿᵈ position of the most used names. It means that this name is very frequently used.
We estimate that there are at least 1975600 persons in the world having this name which is around 0.059% of the population.
The graph below represents the number of people who were given this name for each year since 1900 in the U.S.A.:
The name Barbara has seven characters. It means that it is relatively medium-length, compared to the other names in our database.
Name Day Calendar
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