Barry Origin and Meaning

The name Barry is a boy's name of Irish origin meaning "spear".

This Anglicized form of Bearach or short form of Finbarr was in the Top 200 in the USA for 50 years until the early 80s when it rapidly fell out of favor. Barry has not yet found popularity in the modern era - but that may well change as people rediscover their love of classic figures like musician Barry White, baseballer Barry Bonds or even Barack Obama, whose nickname as a young man was Barry.

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Famous People Named Barry

  • Barry Robert PepperCanadian actor
  • Barry Morris GoldwaterU.S. Senator from Arizona and presidential candidate
  • Barry Alan ManilowAmerican pop singer
  • (John) Barry Humphries aka Dame EdnaAustralian comedian
  • Barry Williams (born Barry William Blenkhorn)American actor
  • Barry Eugene WhiteAmerican R&B singer
  • Barry Alan Crompton GibbBritish musician of The Bee Gees
  • Barry Lamar BondsAmerican baseball player
  • Michael Barrett "Barry" WatsonAmerican actor
  • Barry Adrian Reese aka CassidyAmerican rapper
  • Barry Knapp BostwickAmerican actor
  • Barry Charles DillerAmerican media mogul
  • Barry Fitzgeraldstage name of William Joseph Shields, Irish actor
  • Barry Corbin (born Leonard Barrie Corbin)American actor
  • Barry James MarshallAmerican physician; winner of the Nobel Prize
  • Barry William ZitoAmerican baseball player
  • Barry HallAustralian rules footballer
  • Barry Clinton WindhamAmerican pro wrestler
  • Barry MannAmerican songwriter
  • Barrychildhood nickname of U.S. President Barack Obama

Barry in Pop Culture

  • Bartholomew Henry "Barry" Allen aka The Flashcharacter in The Flash comics and TV series
  • Barry "Baz" Dragonsbanecharacter from TV series "The Worst Witch"
  • Barry Burtoncharacter from the Resident Evil series
  • Barry Barrycharacter on British TV show Waterloo Road
  • Barry Egancharacter in movie "Punch,Drunk Love"
  • Barry Plotkincharacter in movie "Pushing Tin"
  • Barry Frostcharacter in the Rizzoli & Isles series by Tess Gerritsen
  • Barryrival character in the Pokemon video games
  • Barry MaplePolice Officer on TV's "Pretty Little Liars"
  • Barry Eisenbergcharacter on TV's "Best Friends Whenever"
  • Barry Bluejeanscharacter from the podcast "The Adventure Zone"
  • Barry Berkman/Blocktitle character of TV's "Barry"
  • Barry Robinsoncharacter on TV's "American Dad"
  • Barry Evanscharacter on British soap "EastEnders"
  • Barry Kripkea character on TV's The Big Bang Theory
  • Barry Lyndontitle character of The Luck of Barry Lyndon and 1975 film Barry Lyndon
  • Barry McKenzieAustralian comic strip and movie character