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Gender: Male Meaning of Barnabas: "son of consolation" Origin of Barnabas: Aramaic

The name Barnabas is a boy's name of Aramaic origin meaning "son of consolation". Barnabas and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Quick Question Thread?!".

From the experts:

Barnabas, whose birth name was Joseph, was one of the earliest Christian disciples in Jerusalem, who undertook missionary journeys with Paul the Apostle, His name is a bit Old World compared to the update Barnaby, but could gain some attention as boys' names ending in 's' are enjoying a comeback.

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Famous People Named Barnabas

Barnabas, biblical disciple
Barnabas Bidwell, U.S. Congressman from Massachusetts
Barnabas Kelet Henagan, American politician; 58th Governor of South Carolina
Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini, Prime Minister of Swaziland
Barnabas Oley, English churchman, academic and editor during the First Civil War
Barnabas Andyar Iyorhyer Gemade, Nigerian Senator
Barnabas Gooch, English MP and academic

Pop Culture References for the name Barnabas

Barnabas Collins, character on TV's "Dark Shadows"
Barnabas, scary character in Russian stories
Barnabas, demon in "Charmed"
Barnabas "Barney" Stinson, character from "How I Met Your Mother

Barnebus, Barnebas, Barnabus


beachbear Says:


Is your last name Collins, and/or are you Transylvanian? :)

sunnylemonade Says:


We named our son Barnabas because of the meaning, not some tv show character. We love it, and it suits him very well!

FionaW Says:


I like this name. It would be very unique especially in the Uk.

Tayburk Says:


I wouldn't name my son Barnabas, but I would name him Bas, pronounced like Bass, as a derivation of Barnabas.

vintageisfave Says:


Barnabas? "Barn bus" and Barney are all I can think of. It also has the same air about it as Barbara, a name that I don't like at all.