The name Barnes is a boy's name of English origin meaning "someone who lives or works near the barn". Barnes and is often added to lists like Boy Names That Mean Life and discussed in our forums with posts like "Generation CAF (44 - occupations)".
From the experts:
This is a solid surname choice for people looking for a change from Cooper, Parker and Carson. Australian parents will probably instantly associate this name with famous rock legend Jimmy Barnes, but this has an even older pedigree as a namesake - Barnes Wallis was a UK aviator and inventor, most remembered for designing the Dambuster bomb (a bomb that bounces across water to reach its target) and working on supersonic flight in the 1940s and 50s.