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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 "GP or usable?".

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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

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