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The name Barbara has the following meaning:

This name means "foreign", but understandably when applied only in the Greek context, refers to anyone who does not speek Greek. There was a Christian martyr named Saint Barbara, who was the patroness of engineers and architects. The name reached such great heights of popularity in the 19th to 20th centuries that today, it remains strongly identified with that particular era. Today, the name is well associated with Barbra Streisand, an extremely successful singer-entertainer.
This name can be given to both baby boys and girls. It is a unisex name.


As a baby girl name, Barbara is currently a popular baby name, with a recent overall USA popularity ranking of 601 out of 1000 (source: 2000s U.S. Census).

In 2009, the name Barbara rose in popularity, moving up the USA Top 1000 charts in Year 2009, by 101 places. For the Year 2009, it ranked 656 in the Top 1000 charts.

The following chart shows the popularity of the name Barbara in the USA, over the past 100 years.
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The name Barbara is pronounced as bar-buh-rah


Barbara originates from the Greek language.

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Related names

The following names are baby names related to Barbara and are suitable names for brothers and sisters of Barbara: Boys - Ambrose, Basil, Cyril, Girls - Agatha, Charis, Charissa, Cleta, Daphne, Eulalia, Exie, Lexus, Mallie, Melanie, Melina, Melody, Narella, Niobe, Salina, Both genders - Lois, Margaret


Popular Variants for the name Barbara: Baba, Babara (Hawaiian), Babette (French), Barabal (Scottish), Barb (English), Barbe, Barbee, Barbi, Barbie (English), Barbika (Nordic), Barbra (English), Basha, Bobbi, Borbala (Hungarian)


Common nicknames for the name Barbara are: Barb, Barbie, Babs, Bobbie


We think the name Barbara should fall under the following style category: Classics.

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Based on our research, most people would imagine a person with the name Barbara to be: A nice woman who has average personality

In one word, you might describe Barbara as a(n) "nice" person.

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Famous persons

The names of some famous persons by the name Barbara (or its variants) are:

Barbara Hepworth, born on 10 January, a famous sculptor. Barbara Hepworth's background: British sculptor. She is considered to be one of the best British sculptors of the 20th century. Many of her sculptures are on permanent display in the gardens of the studio in St Ives, Cornwall, her last work place.

Barbra Joan Streisand, born on 24 April, a famous entertainer. Barbra Joan Streisand's background: America singer, film and stage actress. A two-time Academy Award winner, the multi-talented Babra also ventured in to producing, composing and directing. She won a multitude of awards for both her acting and singing, running the gauntlet from Oscars, to Emmys and to Grammys. However, she is still best known for her singing.

Barbara Jill Walters, born on 25 September, a famous journalist. Barbara Jill Walters's background: Celebrated news anchor and journalist. She was the first female evening news presenter on The ABC Evening News.
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