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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 "Boys Makeover- Two Middles".

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"

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