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Gender: Male Meaning of Barney: "son of comfort" Origin of Barney: Variation of Barnabas

The name Barney is a boy's name meaning "son of comfort". Barney and is often added to lists like Old Man Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Love, Like, Lose BOYS - with middle names".

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This may be hard for American parents to believe, but the name Barney is hot among hip Londoners who are perhaps unacquainted with our purple dinosaur.

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Famous People Named Barney

Barnett "Barney" Frank, U.S. Congressman from Massachusetts
Barney Kessel, American jazz guitarist
Albany Leon "Barney" Bigard, American jazz clarinetist
Berna Eli "Barney" Oldfield, American racing driver
Barney Martin, American actor
Barney Ross (born Dov-Ber David Rosofsky), American boxer
Barnaby John "Barney" Harwood, English TV personality
Barnett Jerome "Barney" Danson, Canadian cabinet minister
Bernhard "Barney" Dreyfuss, American baseball team owner
Barney Sedran, American basketball player
Barney Barnato (born Barnet Isaacs), South African diamond mogul
Barney Pelty, American baseball player
(William) Barney McCosky, American baseball player
Bernard Ernst "Barney" Berlinger, American decathlete
Barney Aaron, English boxer
John "Barney" Yazici aka ThatGuyBarney, Turkish-American YouTuber

Pop Culture References for the name Barney

Barney Fife, character from "The Andy Griffith Show"
"Barney Miller," TV sitcom and its main character
Charles Bernard "Barney" Barton, Marvel comics character
"Barney & Friends," children's TV show about a purple dinosaur
Barnabas "Barney" Stinson, character from "How I Met Your Mother"
Barney Gumble, character from "The Simpsons"
Barney Rubble, character on "The Flintstones"
"Barney Google and Snuffy Smith," comic strip
Barney Bear, MGM animated character
Barney Snow, character in movie "The Bumblebee Flies Anyway"
Barney Ross, a main character in "The Expendables" movies
Barneys New York, luxury American department store
Barney Butter, brand of almond butter
Barney (Rubble), Cockney rhyming slang for "trouble"

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