Barnabas Name Meaning & Origin

Barnabas

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Origin of the name Barnaby:

Variant of Barnabas, a name borne in the Bible by the Christian apostle and missionary companion of Paul. The name is derived from the Aramaic barnebhū'āh (son of exhortation).

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USAGE: German, English (Rare), Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
OTHER SCRIPTS: Βαρναβας (Ancient Greek)
PRONOUNCED: BAHR-nah-bahs (German), BAHR-nə-bəs (English)
VARIANT: Barnaby (English)
DIMINUTIVE: Barney (English)
OTHER LANGUAGES: Barnabé (French), Barnabás, Barna (Hungarian), Varnava (Russian)
POPULARITY: #32 in Hungary

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Nicknames for Barnabas: | Edit

Barnaby, Barney, Barn, Ben

Meanings and history of the name Barnabas: | Edit

Greek form of an Aramaic name. In Acts in the New Testament the byname Barnabas was given to a man named Joseph, a companion of Paul on his missionary journeys. The original Aramaic is unattested, but it may be from בּר נביא (bar naviya') meaning "son of the prophet", though in Acts 4:36 it is claimed that the name means "son of encouragement". As an English name, it came into occasional use after the 12th century.

Famous real-life people named Barnabas: | Edit

Saint Barnabas, his feast day is June 11, originally known as Joseph.

Barnabas in song, story & screen: | Edit

Barnabas Collins was a vampire and lead character on the television series "Dark Shadows"
Barnabas Cuffe, a character in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

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