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Gender: Male Meaning of Barnaby: "son of consolation" Origin of Barnaby: English variation of Barnabas, Aramaic

The name Barnaby is a boy's name of English origin meaning "son of consolation". Barnaby and is often added to lists like Unique Boy Names: Unusual and Rare and discussed in our forums with posts like "Quick Question Thread?!".

From the experts:

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. 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.

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Famous People Named Barnaby

Barnaby Edwards, English actor
Barnaby Thomas Gerald Joyce, Australian minister for agriculture
Barnaby Michael Douglas Jack, New Zealand computer hacker
Barnaby Carpenter, American actor
Barnaby Ross, pen name of Ellery Queen authors Frederic Dannay and Manfred Bennington Lee
Barnaby Thompson, British TV producer
Barnaby Bernard Lintot, English publisher
Jonathan Barnaby Moody, son of actor Ron Moody
Barnaby Borstein Douglas (b. 2008), son of Jackson Douglas and Alex Borstein
Barnaby Southcombe, English actor, son of English actress Charlotte Rampling

Pop Culture References for the name Barnaby

"Barnaby Rudge" (1841), Charles Dickens novel and main character
Tom Barnaby, main character on British TV's "Midsomer Murders"
Barnaby Kember, character from "Swimming Pool Sunday" by Madeleine Wickham
Barnaby Slush, novelist in Richard Aldington's "Death of a Hero" (1929)
Barnaby Stinger, elf from TV series "Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom"
Barnaby Bowser, character on Disney TV series "Dumbo's Circus"
Barnaby Baxter, character in comic strip "Barnaby" by Crockett Johnson
"Barnaby Jones," TV series and title detective
Barnaby Grimes, series 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 Barnaby, trilogy of novels by Frances Trollope
Barnaby, frog in "Toad Patrol"
Barnaby Brooks Jr., main character of Japanese animation, "Tiger & Bunny"

Barn, Barnabee, Barnabey, Barney, Barni, Barnie, Barno, Barny, Bernabi, Burnaby

Barnaby's International Variations

Barnabé, Barnabé (French) Barnaib (Irish) Barnaba, Bernaba (Italian) Barnebas, Barnabe (Spanish) Barna (Hungarian)


Emilyjayne255 Says:


No one in Australia is calling their kids Barnaby, google Barnaby Joyce and you will understand.

Hero_Phoebus Says:


I once knew of a boy named Barnaby Bernard - now that is one tongue twister of a name.

sweetsaltwatertaffy Says:


I'd like to formally disagree with the main page - Barnaby is the most hideous name of all time. Don't give it to your kids.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I love this name, and Barney as a nickname, and the purple dinosaur is a cute, fun association.

Wittyusername103 Says:


Nicknames are supposed to be shorter so you'd probably use Abel , Abe or Aby

MarisaRath Says:


I like it, but not Barney as a nn.

SB Says:


It's so cute! And yet so dorky... I have no idea why

lesliemarion Says:


Cozy delicious name like Chester.

headintheclouds Says:


On the surface, Barnaby seems like a name that'd automatically be put on my favorites list- three syllable, old-ish with meaning and roots, not obviously appealing to the general public. But nope :( I think of wallaby, the creepy purple Barney dinosaur, that gross Barney Stinson TV character and I associate it with some incompetent-type confused and bewildered joke character you'd often see in pop culture. This is one of the Nameberry loves I can't really get behind.

Bobcat108 Says:


Barney the Dinosaur is still the first thing that comes to my mind w/any variant of Barny.

Kayte Says:


Love this name! Great vintage name with a British feel.

Zelliew Says:


It sounds old hat to me

Hylian Wizard Says:


Yeah, me neither. Just another well-loved name I don't get. I mean, it's decent as far as names go but- what you said.

clairels Says:


They're onto something.

clairels Says:


Do not understand the appeal of this name at all. It sounds oafish, comical and cartoony.

Essa Says:


This was a name I used to find laughable yet somehow now I'm beginning to love it. It's strange how tastes change.

onlythingbetterthanhairspray Says:


I love this name so much but everyone in my family hates it with a burning passion for some reason.

CocoWhite Says:


Something about this name makes me feel all homey and warm inside.

Claredelune Says:


Total recent name crush. It sounds warm and confident and clever to me.

jem Says:


My brother's name :) I love it!