Barbara Name Meaning & Origin
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- Comments and insights on the name Barbara: | Edit
I'm a Barbara and I love my name. The independence which the name suggests entitles respectability needed as a business owner. I am still Barbie among family and friends though!
Now strictly a girl name
I didn't know it ever was a boy's name
The only male I know of with the name is Dale Barbara (Barbie) in Stephen King's "Under the Dome", and it is his last name, not his first name. I didn't know it was ever a last name in real life. What was Stephan King thinking?
What the?!? Barbara is a boy's name too?!? That is the worst boy's name EVER. TOO GIRLY!!!!
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I was named after my Great-Grandmother, whose name was Johanna Barbara, so my mom named me Barbara Jo. I don't hate my name like many young girls do nowadays that have the name. When I was growing up there were a few Barbara's in my class in grade school, so we each had to go by Barbara plus our last name initial. I didn't like being called Barbara, because when my mom yelled out the door for me to come inside, it always sounded like she was mad at me. I'm 53 years old now, and go by just Barb. It's short and sweet.
- Nicknames for Barbara: | Edit
Barb, Barbie, Barbi, Babs, Babette, Barbarella. Can also be spelled Barbra (like Barbra Streisand). "Barbs" would be a name of endearing affection.
- Meanings and history of the name Barbara: | Edit
Barbara, Varvara, or Barbra in any spelling is a classical name - reaching back through the Middle Ages, previously and notably through the Byzantine & Roman Civilizations and beginning at the Ancient Grecian civilization. Intolerant Greeks originally used the name to imitate the sounds of those who did not speak their language who sounded like "bar bar bar"; eventually it began to describe those who did not follow customs of Greece and eventually those of Rome - or the conventions of any given land. As Grecians traded with other civilizations - including the Persians, Egyptians, Romans, Phoenicians, and the Scythians, the name began to signify "beautiful, mysterious stranger", as popularity increased, spreading through neighboring, though still distant cultures.
The name Barbara comes from the Greek word Barabas (mysterious stranger) or (one who does not speak the language) also (beautiful stranger).
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- Barbara in song, story & screen: | Edit
Barbara Ann (The Beach Boys) song
Barbara (The Temptations) song
I'm A Barbie Girl (Aqua) song
Barbarella (Starring Jane Fonda) movie
Barbara Jo (Petticoat Junction) TV show
Barb Wire (starring Pamela Anderson) movie