English variation of Barnabas, Aramaic
"son of consolation"

Barnaby Origin and Meaning

The name Barnaby is a boy's name of English origin meaning "son of consolation".

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. Barnaby has NEVER ranked on the US Top 1000, though it is on the charts in the UK and is well-liked by Nameberry visitors.

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.

# 280 on Nameberry

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Famous People Named Barnaby

  • Barnaby EdwardsEnglish actor
  • Barnaby Thomas Gerald JoyceAustralian minister for agriculture
  • Barnaby Michael Douglas JackNew Zealand computer hacker
  • Barnaby CarpenterAmerican actor
  • Barnaby Rosspen name of Ellery Queen authors Frederic Dannay and Manfred Bennington Lee
  • Barnaby ThompsonBritish TV producer
  • Barnaby Bernard LintotEnglish publisher
  • Jonathan Barnaby Moodyson of actor Ron Moody
  • Barnaby Borstein Douglas (b. 2008)son of Jackson Douglas and Alex Borstein
  • Barnaby SouthcombeEnglish actor, son of English actress Charlotte Rampling
  • Barnaby George "Barns" CourtneyAmerican,English singer and songwriter

Barnaby in Pop Culture

  • "Barnaby Rudge" (1841)Charles Dickens novel and main character
  • "Barnaby Jones" TV series and title detective
  • Tom Barnabymain character on British TV's "Midsomer Murders"
  • Barnaby Kembercharacter from "Swimming Pool Sunday" by Madeleine Wickham
  • Barnaby Slushnovelist in Richard Aldington's "Death of a Hero" (1929)
  • Barnaby Stingerelf from TV series "Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom"
  • Barnaby Bowserdog character on Disney TV series "Dumbo's Circus"
  • Barnaby Baxtercharacter in comic strip "Barnaby" by Crockett Johnson
  • Barnaby Grimesseries 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 Barnabytrilogy of novels by Frances Trollope
  • Barnabyfrog in "Toad Patrol"
  • Barnaby Brooks Jr.main character of Japanese animation, "Tiger & Bunny"
  • Barnaby Leea character in Hogwarts Mystery