Barbara

First Name
1.4m
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
3k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Barbara

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

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Bar"ba*ra
The first word in certain mnemonic lines which represent the various forms of the syllogism. It indicates a syllogism whose three propositions are universal affirmatives.

Etymology: Coined by logicians

Wiktionary

Name of a legendary saint, Latin Barbara, feminine form of barbarus, from Ancient Greek βάρβαρος (bárbaros, “strange, foreign”). Compare Sanskrit बर्बर (barbara, “barbarian”).

  1. A female given name.

Barbara was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Faroese, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, and Slovak

Notable Persons Named Barbara

Barbra Streisand is a singer, songwriter, actress, and filmmaker. Barbra was given the name Barbara Joan Streisand on April 24th, 1942 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

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Her ongoing career started in 1956. Barbara was given the name Barbara Jean Morehead on August 23rd, 1931 in Tucson, Arizona, United States.

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Barbara Gordon is a comics character.

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Barbara Bush is a First Lady of the United States and Second Lady of the United States. Barbara was born on June 8th, 1925 in Flushing, Queens.

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Barbara Corcoran is a founder of the corcoran group, barbara corcoran inc., and barbara corcoran venture partners. Barbara was given the name Barbara Ann Corcoran on March 10th, 1949 in Edgewater, New Jersey.

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Barbara Stanwyck was an actress. She was most prominent from 1922 to 1986. Barbara was given the name Ruby Catherine Stevens on July 16th, 1907 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. She passed away on January 20th, 1990.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Barbara

She holds the title Saint, Virgin, and Martyr. Saint was born in Roman Empire.

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Barbara was a chanson and french pop music french singer-songwriter, actress, singer-songwriter, and actor. She plays Piano. Her career lasted from 1958 to 1996. Barbara was given the name Monique Andrée Serf on June 9th, 1930. She passed away on November 24th, 1997.

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Ana Bárbara is a grupera, banda (music), mariachi, cumbia, and latin pop singer, songwriter, producer, actress, tv personality, model, and record producer. She was most prominent from 1994 to present. Ana was given the name Altagracia Ugalde Motta on January 10th, 1971.

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Joseph was born on August 9th, 1905. He breathed his last breath on June 17th, 1959.

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Agatha Barbara was a 3. She was most prominent from 1982 to 1987. Agatha was born on March 11th, 1923 in Żabbar. She left this life on February 4th, 2002.

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Misstress Barbara is a house, techno, electronica, and house music musician. Her most notable accomplishments were from 19 to 19. Misstress was given the name Barbara Bonfiglio in 1975 in Catania. Misstress is also known as Barbara Brown, Bonfiglio, and Barbara.

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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 340 340 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 612 612 0
1911 737 737 0
1912 1,184 1,184 0
1913 1,458 1,451 7 #94 girl name
1914 2,061 2,061 0 #83 girl name
1915 2,704 2,704 0 #83 girl name
1916 3,118 3,113 5 #74 girl name
1917 3,541 3,535 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 6,025 6,014 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 11,114 11,079 35 #16 girl name
1927 13,203 13,162 41 #10 girl name
1928 14,914 14,870 44 #8 girl name
1929 16,101 16,038 63 #7 girl name
1930 18,356 18,282 74 #6 girl name
1931 21,880 21,796 84 #4 girl name
1932 26,419 26,316 103 #3 girl name
1933 27,069 26,950 119 #3 girl name
1934 29,350 29,232 118 #3 girl name
1935 30,817 30,693 124 #3 girl name
1936 31,792 31,682 110 #3 girl name
1937 35,052 34,908 144 #2 girl name
1938 39,438 39,276 162 #2 girl name
1939 37,408 37,258 150 #2 girl name
1940 36,872 36,732 140 #2 girl name
1941 39,691 39,536 155 #2 girl name
1942 44,898 44,734 164 #2 girl name
1943 43,578 43,428 150 #2 girl name
1944 39,316 39,195 121 #2 girl name
1945 38,362 38,275 87 #3 girl name
1946 45,230 45,121 109 #4 girl name
1947 48,880 48,791 89 #4 girl name
1948 46,906 46,829 77 #3 girl name
1949 42,666 42,599 67 #4 girl name
1950 41,629 41,559 70 #4 girl name
1951 40,682 40,612 70 #5 girl name
1952 39,951 39,877 74 #6 girl name
1953 38,530 38,458 72 #6 girl name
1954 36,434 36,377 57 #7 girl name
1955 33,674 33,594 80 #7 girl name
1956 32,378 32,302 76 #9 girl name
1957 29,751 29,683 68 #9 girl name
1958 27,937 27,878 59 #9 girl name
1959 25,419 25,352 67 #11 girl name
1960 24,508 24,444 64 #12 girl name
1961 23,048 22,992 56 #12 girl name
1962 20,724 20,648 76 #14 girl name
1963 18,350 18,286 64 #17 girl name
1964 16,526 16,477 49 #19 girl name
1965 14,068 14,026 42 #25 girl name
1966 13,167 13,122 45 #27 girl name
1967 11,247 11,204 43 #33 girl name
1968 9,777 9,743 34 #36 girl name
1969 8,840 8,809 31 #39 girl name
1970 8,050 8,026 24 #41 girl name
1971 6,483 6,456 27 #47 girl name
1972 5,104 5,081 23 #58 girl name
1973 4,445 4,434 11 #63 girl name
1974 3,920 3,908 12 #77 girl name
1975 3,473 3,455 18 #83 girl name
1976 2,982 2,973 9 #98 girl name
1977 2,859 2,842 17
1978 2,587 2,579 8
1979 2,506 2,491 15
1980 2,589 2,576 13
1981 2,542 2,529 13
1982 2,358 2,347 11
1983 2,027 2,018 9
1984 1,883 1,865 18
1985 1,686 1,675 11
1986 1,495 1,487 8
1987 1,641 1,632 9
1988 1,512 1,503 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 689 689 0
1998 569 569 0
1999 552 552 0
2000 519 519 0
2001 489 489 0
2002 490 490 0
2003 431 431 0
2004 423 423 0
2005 398 398 0
2006 540 540 0
2007 476 476 0
2008 392 392 0
2009 455 455 0
2010 406 406 0
2011 362 362 0
2012 292 292 0
2013 313 313 0
2014 319 319 0
2015 321 321 0
2016 326 326 0

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Popularity of Barbara as a first name

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Popularity of Barbara as a last name

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Common last names for Barbara

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  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Miller
  • Davis
  • Anderson
  • Wilson
  • Moore
  • Taylor
  • Thomas
  • Martin
  • White
  • Thompson
  • Clark
  • Jackson
  • Allen
  • Harris
  • King

Common first names for Barbara

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Barbara U.S.
  White 78.70% 64.26%
  African American 8.84% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.88% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.40% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.44% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 8.74% 16.26%

Of Last Name Barbara

People with the last name Barbara are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Barbara

  • How Popular is the name Barbara? Barbara is the 20th most popular name of all time. As a last name Barbara was the 10,704th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Barbara have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,437,865 babies born with the first name Barbara in the United States. That's more than enough people named Barbara to occupy the country of Trinidad and Tobago with an estimated population of 1,317,714 (as of July 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Barbara? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 127 new born babies.
  • When was Barbara first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Barbara is Tuesday, July 14th, 1829.
  • What year had the most people named Barbara born? The highest recorded use of the first name Barbara was in 1947 with a total of 48,791 babies. That's a lot of babies named Barbara!
  • Random Barbara Factoid: According to the 1946 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Barbara ranks 3rd in popularity as a baby girl's name in Maryland. Imagine that, 825 babies in Maryland have the same name as you in 1946.
  • Weird things about the name Barbara: Your name in reverse order is Arabrab. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Baaarrb. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Barbara? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,986 people with the last name Barbara.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Barbara? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Barbara as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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