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Gender: M Meaning of Barnaby: "son of consolation" Origin of Barnaby: English variation of Barnabas, Aramaic

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Barnaby, a genial and energetic name with an Irish-sounding three-syllable lilt, is an ancient appellation that manages to be both unusual and highly attractive and deserves to be used more than it is. A sweet-spot name that's a real winner.

Barnaby is a version of Barnabas, the name of an Apostle companion of St. Paul on his missionary journeys. The name of the good-natured hero of Dickens's novel Barnaby Rudge, it became more familiar to the modern American public through the TV series Barnaby Jones. Barnaby has been a character in Hello, Dolly!, a doctor played by Cary Grant in the movie Monkey Business, a comic strip character, and has starred in a number of children's books.

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Famous People Named Barnaby

Barnaby Borstein Douglas (b. 2008), son of Jackson Douglas and Alex Borstein
Barnaby Jack, famed computer hacker
Jonathan Barnaby Moody, son of actor Ron Moody
Barnaby Carpenter, American actor

Pop Culture References for the Name Barnaby

"Barnaby Rudge" (1841), Charles Dickens novel (set in the period of the Gordon anti-popery riots of 1780, Barnaby Rudge is the innocent simpleton at the center of the book's swirling and often violent action)
Barnaby Jones, '70s-era TV detective
Tom Barnaby, lead character on "Midsomer Murders"
Barnaby Kember, character from "Swimming Pool Sunday" by Madeleine Wickham
Barnaby Slush, novelist in Richard Aldington's "Death of a Hero" (1929)
Barnaby Stinger, elf from TV series "Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom"
Barnaby Bowser, character on the Disney Channel show "Dumbo's Circus"

Barn, Barnabee, Barnabey, Barney, Barni, Barnie, Barno, Barny, Bernabi, Burnaby

Barnaby's International Variations

Barnabé, Barnabé (French) Barna (Hungarian) Barnaib (Irish) Barnaba, Bernaba (Italian) Barnebas, Barnabe (Spanish)