Barney - boys name

Barney name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 95%

Barney name meaning:

The name Barney is of English origin and has multiple meanings derived from different sources. One possible meaning is that Barney is a diminutive form of the name Barnabas, which is of Aramaic origin and means "son of encouragement" or "son of consolation." In the Bible, Barnabas was a companion of the apostle Paul and known for his encouragement and support.

Another meaning of Barney is that it is a variant of the name Bernard, which is of Germanic origin and means "brave bear" or "strong as a bear." Bears are often associated with strength and power, which could be reflected in the meaning of the name Barney.

Overall, the name Barney suggests qualities such as encouragement, consolation, bravery, and strength. It is a name that conveys a sense of support and resilience, making it a suitable choice for parents who seek a name that embodies these attributes.

Origin: Hebrew

Form of Bernard. Grim bear.

Related names

Bernard , Barnard, Barnardel, Barnardo, Barnet, Barney , Barnhard, Barnhardo, Barnie , Barny, Bearnard, Bemelle, Berdine, Bern, Bernadea, Bernadette , Bernadina, Bernadine, Bernarda, Bernardas, Bernardin, Bernardina, Bernardine, Bernardino, Berne, Berneen, Bernelle, Bernetta, Bernette, Bernhard, Bernhardo, Bernie , Bernita, Berny, Burnard, Burnell, Nardo

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Overall UK ranking: 246 out of 4789

195 recorded births last year

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    Regional popularity

    Ranking for this name in various UK regions

  • Scotland (720)

Historical popularity of Barney

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