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1.4m
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since 1880

Barbara

  • Gender: Girl
  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Stranger
  • #20 All Time
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8k Barbra (American)

How popular is the baby name Barbara in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 127 127 0
1881 130 130 0
1882 130 130 0
1883 135 135 0
1884 193 193 0
1885 195 195 0
1886 207 207 0
1887 204 204 0
1888 253 253 0
1889 246 246 0
1890 241 241 0
1891 221 221 0
1892 278 278 0
1893 255 255 0
1894 290 290 0
1895 298 298 0
1896 324 324 0
1897 299 299 0
1898 304 304 0
1899 273 273 0
1900 341 341 0
1901 277 277 0
1902 306 306 0
1903 346 346 0
1904 357 357 0
1905 366 366 0
1906 413 413 0
1907 515 515 0
1908 514 514 0
1909 567 567 0
1910 613 613 0
1911 737 737 0
1912 1,184 1,184 0
1913 1,457 1,450 7 #94 girl name
1914 2,062 2,062 0 #82 girl name
1915 2,705 2,705 0 #83 girl name
1916 3,118 3,113 5 #74 girl name
1917 3,540 3,534 6 #67 girl name
1918 4,231 4,224 7 #60 girl name
1919 4,091 4,084 7 #60 girl name
1920 5,115 5,106 9 #47 girl name
1921 6,026 6,015 11 #40 girl name
1922 6,282 6,272 10 #40 girl name
1923 7,219 7,209 10 #33 girl name
1924 8,319 8,307 12 #28 girl name
1925 9,181 9,155 26 #22 girl name
1926 11,112 11,077 35 #16 girl name
1927 13,203 13,162 41 #10 girl name
1928 14,913 14,869 44 #8 girl name
1929 16,102 16,039 63 #7 girl name
1930 18,356 18,282 74 #6 girl name
1931 21,880 21,796 84 #4 girl name
1932 26,418 26,315 103 #3 girl name
1933 27,068 26,949 119 #3 girl name
1934 29,349 29,231 118 #3 girl name
1935 30,817 30,693 124 #3 girl name
1936 31,789 31,679 110 #3 girl name
1937 35,053 34,909 144 #2 girl name
1938 39,435 39,273 162 #2 girl name
1939 37,409 37,259 150 #2 girl name
1940 36,872 36,732 140 #2 girl name
1941 39,690 39,535 155 #2 girl name
1942 44,898 44,734 164 #2 girl name
1943 43,579 43,429 150 #2 girl name
1944 39,312 39,191 121 #2 girl name
1945 38,361 38,274 87 #3 girl name
1946 45,230 45,121 109 #4 girl name
1947 48,880 48,791 89 #4 girl name
1948 46,904 46,827 77 #3 girl name
1949 42,663 42,596 67 #4 girl name
1950 41,640 41,570 70 #4 girl name
1951 40,666 40,596 70 #5 girl name
1952 39,952 39,878 74 #6 girl name
1953 38,523 38,451 72 #6 girl name
1954 36,432 36,375 57 #7 girl name
1955 33,676 33,596 80 #7 girl name
1956 32,379 32,303 76 #9 girl name
1957 29,751 29,683 68 #9 girl name
1958 27,941 27,882 59 #9 girl name
1959 25,419 25,352 67 #11 girl name
1960 24,509 24,445 64 #12 girl name
1961 23,043 22,987 56 #12 girl name
1962 20,724 20,648 76 #14 girl name
1963 18,351 18,287 64 #17 girl name
1964 16,525 16,476 49 #19 girl name
1965 14,066 14,024 42 #25 girl name
1966 13,170 13,125 45 #27 girl name
1967 11,246 11,203 43 #33 girl name
1968 9,781 9,747 34 #36 girl name
1969 8,839 8,808 31 #39 girl name
1970 8,050 8,026 24 #41 girl name
1971 6,481 6,455 26 #47 girl name
1972 5,104 5,081 23 #58 girl name
1973 4,444 4,433 11 #63 girl name
1974 3,919 3,907 12 #77 girl name
1975 3,474 3,456 18 #83 girl name
1976 2,979 2,970 9 #98 girl name
1977 2,858 2,841 17
1978 2,586 2,578 8
1979 2,506 2,491 15
1980 2,589 2,576 13
1981 2,542 2,529 13
1982 2,355 2,344 11
1983 2,028 2,019 9
1984 1,883 1,865 18
1985 1,684 1,673 11
1986 1,494 1,486 8
1987 1,640 1,631 9
1988 1,511 1,502 9
1989 1,505 1,495 10
1990 1,393 1,388 5
1991 1,247 1,238 9
1992 1,131 1,124 7
1993 952 947 5
1994 870 870 0
1995 751 751 0
1996 678 678 0
1997 687 687 0
1998 567 567 0
1999 549 549 0
2000 518 518 0
2001 488 488 0
2002 487 487 0
2003 428 428 0
2004 422 422 0
2005 397 397 0
2006 540 540 0
2007 475 475 0
2008 391 391 0
2009 454 454 0
2010 406 406 0
2011 361 361 0
2012 291 291 0
2013 313 313 0
2014 317 317 0
2015 320 320 0

Want to know about the popularity of the Barbara baby name? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,437,476 babies born with the name Barbara in the United States. That's more than enough Barbaras to occupy the country of Trinidad and Tobago with an estimated population of 1,317,714 (as of July 1, 2010). The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given to 127 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Barbara" was in 1947 with a total of 48,791 babies. (That's a lot of baby Barbaras)

According to the 1966 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Barbara" ranks #16 in popularity as a baby girl's name in Pennsylvania. Imagine that, 978 babies in Pennsylvania have the same name as you in 1966. Across the entire United States a total of 13,170 babies also bear the same first name during the same year. OMG! It's tough being a popular person isn't it?

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Where is the name Barbara popular?

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Barbara" mean? The list below shows the origins of Barbara as well as things modernly associated with the name Barbara such as celebrities named Barbara.

Origin and Meaning of Barbara

The name "Barbara" is of Greek origin, and it means "Stranger". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Barbara Eden

Barbara was born in 1934 as Barbara Jean Morehead in Tucson, Arizona, U.S.

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Barbara Bush

Barbara Bush is a former us first lady. Barbara was born in 1981 as Barbara Pierce in Queens, New York City, New York.

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Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand is a singer, songwriter, actress, and filmmaker specializing in broadway, jazz, traditional pop, and disco music with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1955 to present. Barbra was born in 1942 as Barbara Joan Streisand in Brooklyn, New York, United States.

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Bárbara Mori

Bárbara Mori is an actress, model, producer, and writer with the most prominent portion of their career being from 1997 to present. Bárbara was born in 1978 as Barbara Mori Ochoa in Montevideo, Uruguay.

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Kelly Kelly

Kelly Kelly is a professional wrestler. Kelly was born in 1987 as Barbara Jean Blank in Jacksonville, Florida, United States.

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Barbara Walters

Barbara Walters is a journalist with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1961 to 2015. Barbara was born in 1931 in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

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Other Inspirations for the Name Barbara

Barbara Boxer
Barbara Hershey
Barbara Mikulski
Barbara Pierce Bush
Barbara Comstock
Barbara Corcoran
Barbara Gordon
Barbara Lee

Alternative Meanings

B is for bouquet, the flowers around you.

A is for advantage, for you are blessed with many.

R is for relax, you know how!

B is for beauty, that comes from within.

A is for accepting, your forgiving nature.

R is for refreshing, the sparkling you.

A is for affirm, the certainty of knowledge.

Your name in reverse order is "Arabrab". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Arrbbaa". How do you pronounce that?

Now try the names of everyone you know including friends, cousins, neighbors, classmates, co-workers or your pets. Even your favorite anime, TV or movie characters! See what their names mean. Remember, this is purely just for fun.

Past life for Barbara born Jan 31, 1942

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Alaska approximately on 575. Your profession was librarian, priest, and keeper of tribal relics.

You were a seeker of truth and wisdom. You could have seen your future lives. Others perceived you as an idealist illuminating path to the future. You fulfill your lesson by helping old folks and children. You came to that life to learn to care about weak and helpless.

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