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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... Name Game- BOYS".

From the experts:

The name Barney is hot among hip Londoners and it has been above the Top 500 in the UK since 2012. You can see why - it's got a friendly happy sound and a lovely meaning and is more easily worn than Barnabas. However, Barney is a more difficult sell in America, due to Barney the Dinosaur and Barney Gumble, the loveable lout from The Simpsons. In the positive column for Barney are jazz clarinetist Barney Bigard and guitarist Barney Kessel. For those who love the name but can't get past the dinosaur, may we suggest the related names Bernard or Barnaby?

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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"

Barnie, Barny


Diaper Bagge Says:


I see Barney as a sweet, 'gentleman-ly' name, if you will; the fact that it's the name of a popular children's show doesn't bother me much...

SparkleNinja18 Says:


Certainly not something I think about constantly, but the only thing I think about when I hear the name. Actually, I just think of the dirty version of "Joy to the World" that kids used to sing about Barney ("Joy to the world that Barney's dead. We barbecued his head... and, well, you get the gist). Also with all of the controversy surrounding the character (smoking in his suit, cursing on camera), this name is prime for teasing. In fact, I never heard anything positive about the character. How I Met Your Mother was pretty much before my time (I'm 18) and that probably won't change for future generations, however the purple dinosaur-- whom I was never allowed to watch-- has stuck with me and most of my peers. Way more than HIMYM, I'm afraid.

Blinkonekatietwo Says:


Even if Barney the Dinosaur exists, so what? I don't know about everyone else, but it's not something I'm always thinking about enough to ruin a perfectly fine name for me. Especially considering How I Met Your Mother is my all-time favorite TV show. (despite Barney Stinson's misogynistic tendencies)

hermioneameliastyles Says:


Barney first became popular with Barney Fife. Later it became popular with Barney Stinson. I don't care for this name mostly because of How I Met Your Mother.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Even with the purple dinosaur association, Barney is a cute nickname, but I feel that there needs to be another full name. Barney may or may not work for a teenager or adult, depending upon the individual personality.

beachbear Says:


I would love this name...if not for the purple dinosaur. Unfortunately he was too large a part of my childhood to lose the association.

AldabellaxWulfe Says:


Nameberry, everybody everywhere knows who Barney the Dinosaur is! As it stands, it's popular over here in England because it's gorgeous and, funnily enough, Barney the Dinosaur isn't seen as a negative connotation to us.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


Yup! And i'm Australian.

oliviamcdonald Says:


I would absolutely LOVE a little Barney! I think it's so sweet especially as a nickname for Barnaby. Unfortunately my partner says no.

soccergirl48120 Says:


barney? anybody else think if the purple dinorous