Barbara Name Meaning & Origin

Barbara

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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!!!!

Personal experiences with the name Barbara: | Edit

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

The name Barbara comes from the Greek word Barabas (mysterious stranger) or (one who does not speak the language) also (beautiful stranger).

Famous real-life people named Barbara: | Edit

Barbara Eden
Barbara Benton
Barbara Billingsley
Barbara Bush
Barbara Everard
Barbara Hershey
Saint Barbara
Barbara Feldon
Barbara Bach
Barbara Bonney
Barbara Hendricks
Barbara Palvin
Barbra Streisand
Barbara Walters

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

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