Barbara Name Meaning & Origin

Barbara

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Nicknames for Barbara

B, Bee, Barb, Babsy, Babsie boo, Barbie, Barbie doll, Barbie baby, Babs, Babette, Bobbie, Bobbi, Bar, Barbra, Arb, Arba, Arbara, Abby/Abbie, Ara, Bara, Barbara-Ann, Barbel, Betty, Betsy, Buffy, Barbarella Can also be spelled Barbra(like Barbra Streisand). "Barbs" would be a name of endearing affection. "Ma poupee" is French for "my puppet" to endear a particular Barbie as a doll.

Meanings and history of the name Barbara

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; those whose speech sounded like "bar bar bar" to Grecian ears; 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).

Famous real-life people named Barbara

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

Barbara in song, story & screen

Barbara Allen - poem by J Baird / also as song - for boys named Barbara

Alternatively, "Barbara Ellen" for girls named Barbara

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
"They're coming to get you, Barbara!" Night of the Living Dead

Barbara, poem by Jacques Prevert
Barbarella
"Barbara Ann" is a 1960s pop song whose best-known version is by the Beach Boys; Also sung by the Regents
"Major Barbara", play by George Bernard Shaw
The Barbie doll, one of the most popular toys of all time, was invented by Ruth Handler and named for her daughter.
Barbara Gordon, Gotham City librarian, secret identity of Batgirl and later Oracle in DC comics
Barbara Cooper, character on '70s sitcom "One Day at a Time" played by Valerie Bertinelli
Barbara 'Bobbi' Barton, secret identity of Mockingbird in Marvel comics

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