"son of the father"

Barabbas Origin and Meaning

The name Barabbas is a boy's name of Aramaic origin meaning "son of the father".

In the Christian bible, Barabbas was a murderer that Pontius Pilate freed while condemning Jesus to die. The name is ironic, given that Christian belief promotes Jesus as the son of the Father. The name is difficult for this reason, as well as the fact that in Spain it is used as slang for a bad person.

Barabbas in Pop Culture

  • Barabasthe main character in The Jew of Malta by Christopher Marlowe