Barney Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Barney:
Pet form 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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VARIANTS: Bernie, Berny
FEMININE FORM: Bernadine
OTHER LANGUAGES: Berinhard, Bernard, Bernhard (Ancient Germanic), Beñat (Basque), Barnabas (Biblical), Barnabas (Biblical Greek), Barnabas (Biblical Latin), Bernat (Catalan), Bernard, Dino (Croatian), Bernard (Czech), Bernhard, Bernt (Danish), Bernhard, Ben (Dutch), Barnabé, Bernard (French), Barnabas, Bernhard, Benno, Bernd (German), Barnabás, Bernát, Barna (Hungarian), Bernardo, Bernardino, Dino (Italian), Bernhard, Bernt (Norwegian), Bernard (Polish), Bernardo, Bernardino (Portuguese), Varnava (Russian), Bernard (Slovene), Bernardo, Bernardino (Spanish), Bernhard, Bernt (Swedish)
POPULARITY: #429 in England and Wales
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Short form of Barnabas, Bernard, Barnett and Barnaby.
In Australian slang, a barney is a noisy argument.
Diminutive of BARNABAS, BERNARD or BARNABY
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Barney Frank, Massachusetts representative to U.S. Congress.
Barney F. Hajiro, American soldier, Medal of Honor recipient.
Barney Ross, American world champion boxer and WWII hero.
Barnet "Barney" Rosset, American publisher
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Barney Rubble, Fred Flintstone's friend
Barney the Dinosaur
Barney Snaith, main character in Lucy Maud Montgomery's 1926 novel "The Blue Castle."
Barney Stinson, How I Met Your Mother character
Barney Miller, 1970s American TV sitcom.
Barney Fife, character protrayed by Don Knotts on "The Andy Griffith Show."
Barneys New York, a department store chain.
Barney Gumble, character in the "The Simpsons".
Barney Collier, electronics and forgery expert in "Mission: Impossible"