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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Barney

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Wiktionary
  1. A male given name, and a diminutive of Barnabas, Barnaby, Bernard, or Barnett.
  2. A surname​ based on the given names, or from the place name Barney, Old English "barn/barley island".
  3. A city/village in North Dakota.

Barney was also found in the following language(s): Translingual

Notable Persons Named Barney

Barney Frank is a Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, Chair of the House Financial Services Committee, Ranking Member of theHouse Financial Services Committee, and Chair of theHouse Financial Services Committee. Barney was born on March 31st, 1940 in Bayonne, New Jersey.

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Barney Martin was an actor. He was most active from 1956 to 2000. Barney was born on March 3rd, 1923 in Queens. He died on March 21st, 2005.

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Barney Rubble is an unknown, crane operator, and police officer.

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Barney Kessel was a jazz, pop, r&b, rock, rhythm, and blues musician. He was most active from 1940 to 1992. Barney was born on October 17th, 1923 in Muskogee, Oklahoma, United States. He passed away on May 6th, 2004.

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Barney Harwood is a tv presenter, childrens tv presenter, actor, and television presenter. His most notable accomplishments were from 2002 to present. Barney was given the name Barnaby John "Barney" Harwood on November 7th, 1979.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Barney

Matthew Barney is an artist in the fields of film, video art, sculpture, and photography. Matthew was born on March 25th, 1967 in San Francisco.

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Darwin Barney is a baseball player for the Toronto Blue Jays. Darwin was born on November 8th, 1985 in Portland, Oregon.

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Natalie Clifford Barney was a writer, salonist, and salon (gathering). Natalie was born on October 31st, 1876 in Dayton, Ohio, United States. She died on February 2nd, 1972.

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Lem Barney is a football player for the Detroit Lions. Lem was born on September 8th, 1945 in Gulfport, Mississippi.

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Alice Pike Barney was a in the field of painting. Alice was given the name Alice Pike on January 14th, 1857 in Cincinnati. Alice is also known as Pike and Alice. She breathed her last breath on July 16th, 1931.

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Tina Barney is a photographer. Tina was given the name Tina Isles on October 27th, 1945.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 44 0 44
1881 40 0 40
1882 52 0 52
1883 48 0 48
1884 62 0 62
1885 43 0 43
1886 65 0 65
1887 58 0 58
1888 69 0 69
1889 54 0 54
1890 44 0 44
1891 49 0 49
1892 70 0 70
1893 63 0 63
1894 52 0 52
1895 55 0 55
1896 58 0 58
1897 58 0 58
1898 73 0 73
1899 50 0 50
1900 83 0 83
1901 34 0 34
1902 50 0 50
1903 50 0 50
1904 53 0 53
1905 70 0 70
1906 71 0 71
1907 64 0 64
1908 58 0 58
1909 62 0 62
1910 71 0 71
1911 99 0 99
1912 159 0 159
1913 185 0 185
1914 241 0 241
1915 276 0 276
1916 272 7 265
1917 298 0 298
1918 299 0 299
1919 304 0 304
1920 268 5 263
1921 296 7 289
1922 264 0 264
1923 267 8 259
1924 275 0 275
1925 238 8 230
1926 219 5 214
1927 200 7 193
1928 207 0 207
1929 206 0 206
1930 216 0 216
1931 181 0 181
1932 163 0 163
1933 180 0 180
1934 201 0 201
1935 183 0 183
1936 206 0 206
1937 209 0 209
1938 183 0 183
1939 193 5 188
1940 194 0 194
1941 178 0 178
1942 179 0 179
1943 220 0 220
1944 225 5 220
1945 217 6 211
1946 226 0 226
1947 272 6 266
1948 255 0 255
1949 219 0 219
1950 264 0 264
1951 260 0 260
1952 284 0 284
1953 296 0 296
1954 265 6 259
1955 275 0 275
1956 259 0 259
1957 279 6 273
1958 263 0 263
1959 238 0 238
1960 272 5 267
1961 223 0 223
1962 211 0 211
1963 172 5 167
1964 186 0 186
1965 133 0 133
1966 121 0 121
1967 98 0 98
1968 96 0 96
1969 97 0 97
1970 85 0 85
1971 100 0 100
1972 90 0 90
1973 74 0 74
1974 77 0 77
1975 62 0 62
1976 77 0 77
1977 68 0 68
1978 62 0 62
1979 59 0 59
1980 58 0 58
1981 53 0 53
1982 49 0 49
1983 47 0 47
1984 43 0 43
1985 41 0 41
1986 38 0 38
1987 33 0 33
1988 45 0 45
1989 23 0 23
1990 30 0 30
1991 28 0 28
1992 25 0 25
1993 21 0 21
1994 17 0 17
1995 12 0 12
1996 8 0 8
1997 13 0 13
1998 12 0 12
1999 7 0 7
2001 5 0 5
2002 7 0 7
2004 6 0 6
2006 6 0 6
2007 6 0 6
2010 6 0 6
2013 8 0 8
2015 6 0 6
2016 7 0 7

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Popularity of Barney as a first name

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Popularity of Barney as a last name

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Common last names for Barney

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Miller
  • Jones
  • Cohen
  • Wilson
  • Taylor
  • Thomas
  • Anderson
  • Baker
  • Hall
  • Moore

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Barney U.S.
  White 78.50% 64.26%
  African American 12.61% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.66% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 3.26% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.12% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.87% 16.26%

Of Last Name Barney

People with the last name Barney are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Barney

  • How Popular is the name Barney? Barney is the 1,897th most popular name of all time. As a last name Barney was the 2,224th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Barney have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 16,152 babies born with the first name Barney in the United States. That's more than enough people named Barney to occupy the territory of Anguilla (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 15,236 (as of July 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Barney? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 44 new born babies.
  • When was Barney first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Barney is Saturday, September 22nd, 1866.
  • What year had the most people named Barney born? The highest recorded use of the first name Barney was in 1919 with a total of 304 babies.
  • Random Barney Factoid: According to the 1915 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Barney ranks 89th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Florida. Imagine that, 18 babies in Florida have the same name as you in 1915.
  • Weird things about the name Barney: Your name in reverse order is Yenrab. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Byeran. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Barney? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 16,404 people with the last name Barney.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Barney? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 6 of them will have Barney 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).
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