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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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.