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Gender: F Meaning of Barbara: "foreign woman" Origin of Barbara: Latin Barbara's Popularity in 2012: #900

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Can the lively young Barbara Bush erase or replace her grandmother's white-haired image? We doubt it. Like other Baby Boomer favorite names -- Patricia, Susan -- Barbara was hugely popular through the 1950s and early 60s but now has a terminally middle-aged image.

Famous People Named Barbara

Barbara Bush, wife of President George Bush
Barbara Bush, daughter of President George W. Bush
Dame Barbara Cartland, English novelist
Barbara Eden, American actress and singer
Barbara Hutton, American heiress (and Cary Grant's second wife)
Barbara Palvin, Hungarian fashion model
Barbara Stanwyck, American actress
Barbara Nugent Haymes (1947-'93), Dick Haymes & Joanne Dru's child
Barbara Walker, Miss America 1947
Barbara Walters, American broadcast journalist
Barbra Park, American author of Junie B. Jones books
Barbara Katie Chapman, (1982-'06), Dog the Bounty Hunter's Daughter

Pop Culture References for the Name Barbara

"Barbara Ann," song by the Beach Boys
"Barbara Allen," an old ballad
Barbara "Barbie" Millicent Roberts, full name of the popular Barbie doll
Barbra Gorden, Oracle in D.C comics
Barbara Fazlinovic, character in Bosnian show "The Crazy, Confused & Normal"
Barbara Brownstein, character on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody

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Barbara's International Variations

Babette (French) Babara (Hawaiian) Borbála (Hungarian) Baibín, Baírbre (Irish Gaelic) Barbarella (Italian) Barbika, Barbica (Nordic) Basia, Basha (Polish) Varinka, Vary, Varenka, Varyusha, Varvara (Russian) Barabal (Scottish Gaelic) Barbro (Swedish)