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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 Edwards, English actor
Barnaby Thomas Gerald Joyce, Australian minister for agriculture
Barnaby Michael Douglas Jack, New Zealand computer hacker
Barnaby Carpenter, American actor
Barnaby Ross, pen name of Ellery Queen authors Frederic Dannay and Manfred Bennington Lee
Barnaby Thompson, British TV producer
Barnaby Bernard Lintot, English publisher
Jonathan Barnaby Moody, son of actor Ron Moody
Barnaby Borstein Douglas (b. 2008), son of Jackson Douglas and Alex Borstein

Pop Culture References for the Name Barnaby

"Barnaby Rudge" (1841), Charles Dickens novel and main character
Tom Barnaby, main character on British TV's "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 Disney TV series "Dumbo's Circus"
Barnaby Baxter, character in comic strip "Barnaby" by Crockett Johnson
"Barnaby Jones," TV series and title detective
Barnaby Grimes, series of children's books by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell
"Barnaby in Exile," short story by Mike Resnick
"Drunken Barnaby's Four Journeys to the North of England," poems by Richard Braithwaite
Widow Barnaby, trilogy of novels by Frances Trollope

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Barnaby's International Variations

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