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  • Records indicate that 1,431,558 girls in the United States have been named Barbara since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1947, when 48,740 people in the U.S. were given the name Barbara. Those people are now 67 years old.

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      42 Positive Comments

  • "I'm a Barbara and I love my name. I'm 28 and think it's strong and beautiful and wise...like me :) It's a name as old as time and it flows like the wind Baaarbaaaraa! And it gets even better in languages like spanish or russian, Barrrrbarra and Varvaara. I don't think there is a better name than mine. I've always been proud to be a Barbara. It makes me feel special. Of course, if you're insecure this would not be a good name for you. You have to be able to fully own a beautiful name like Barbara." May. 24, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a 55 year old Barbara Jean - I go by Barb mostly because it's easy and in my opinion, the best of the nicknames. Nobody ever ever ever calls me Babs because they know they'll get a knuckle sandwich - I HATE that nickname!" Mar. 27, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Barbara Ann and I am 43. I have never met another Barbara the same age as I am. The nick names growing up were annoying but as you get older its just a name not who you are." Jul. 12, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Barbara and of course I'm in my 50s. Right up untill the priest was about to pour the water on my head I was to be Moira, my father relented and I was Barbara. Like it or lump it it's who I am, the name puts us fairly and squarely in our 50s born in the 50s. It's hard to judge your own name. Today I don't mind it. It's a good solid name,not flimsy or shallow,like so many more popular names can be." Jan. 2, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am 64 and my name is Barbara Ann and I have always loved it. I do not, however, like nick names. My mother had planned on naming me Linda Marie which my father hated. When my mother was in recovery the nurse who asked him to fill out the birth certificate had a name tag that said Barbara Ann and my father liked it so here I am. I don't think my Mom was happy but I am." Nov. 18, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Barbara Marie and up until I was about 15 I hated my name...mostly because my mother always called me "Barbie" for as long as I could remember.I am 21 now and I have grown to love it...not all the nicknames that come with it(barb,babs,barbie,Bee,etc.),but the name itself.It may be old fashioned but will never go out of style,Most of all I love it because it's also my grandmothers name!It's simple yet sophisticated." Jan. 29, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Barbara Nakibuuka and am so glad to such a good name. I embrace it and trhere is no any dayu that i have ever cursed myself to be called BARBARA" Dec. 26, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born in '59 with the name "Barbara Anne." I'm reasonably happy with it. It's like fighting the tide to stop people from calling me "Barb." While think it fits my prickly personality, it's difficult to hear and easily confused with other names. I'm from the US, but I love the way Spanish-speaking Americans pronounce "Bahhhhhr barrrr ah."" Sep. 19, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm barbara got my name from my grandma am the only one who has this name in middle school but i love my name" Aug. 26, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a British Barbara Anne and as a child I didn't like my name and wanted to be called something else - anything else! Then one day I came home from school after another day of name-calling and tearfully ask my mum, 'Why did you call me Barbara?' My mum asked me what I'd like to be called and I said, 'Kelly or Sally' and my mum asked me, 'how many Kelly's are in your class?' and I think it was 5, then my mum asked and how many Sally's are in your class and that was about 3 and then my mum asked me 'and how many Barbara's?' And funnily enough I was the only one. After that I didn't mind my name so much and as my mum told me when I grew up I'd be pleased to have the name Barbara and she was right. I've grown into it as I've got older but I began loving it in my late teens, as yes people always expect an old lady and I love the reactions when young, pretty (if I do say so myself!) and out going turns up! I think whatever name you're given embrace it whole-heartedly and make it work. Barbara's rule at every age!" Feb. 23, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm Barbara Anne and ALL my relatives still call me and introduce me as Barbie which is ultra-embarrassing since I'm not 10 anymore. When I'm called Barbie in public, I cringe. So, I had the idea to turn Barbara Anne to Brianne and at my new job people all called me that. Within a month, I was desparate to be called Barbara again! It's a good name!" Feb. 3, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have always liked my name. There were other names my parents considered and I am very pleased they decided on Barbara!" Jan. 9, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Barbara and I am 23 years old. I don't feel it is an old name at all! It is classic and that's why I love it so much. I can't stand trendy names that just sound foolish... Barbara is a respecful name and if you want to make it sound softer...there are a lot of cute nicknames. :)" Dec. 27, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Love Barbara. Glad its not Shirley or some other "lame tag". Cutsie nicknames of Barbara are fun when you are younger. It's a classy name and beautiful. Not trendy or ditsy sounding." Dec. 1, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Barbara and I live in Portugal. I'm 17 years old and I'm really happy with my name!! :D People used to call me barbie when I was younger and now some friends call me Bı" Nov. 20, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Thats my name!I now what it means ti means protector of fire." Nov. 10, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "When I had my daughter (she just turned 50) I went through the bible and found the name Babette which is French for Barbara. I love both! Most of her friends call her Babette but family call her "Babby"" Oct. 19, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a Barbara Jean and I'm 55 years old. I was called Barbie or Bobbie Jean when I was little, Barb while I was in high school and Barbara after that. I like my name and don't think it sounds old-fashioned. I work at a large law firm and think that "Barbara" sounds professional and pretty at the same time. I used to hate "Babs" until some of my dearest friends started calling me that to tease me - now I enjoy being called "Babs" as a term of endearment." Oct. 13, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Barbara Lois, and I am named after both of my grandmothers. I used to dislike it because it's such an "old" name (I'm 18), but with time it has grown on me. I love the fact that it is so unique and has so many nickname opportunities. A majority of my friends call me Bee, though I went by Barbie until I turned 8 or so." Aug. 27, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "im about to name my first daughter barbara...i love that nobody has that name and i think it sounds sexy and respectful at the same time..." May. 12, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name. I am in my mid forties...but it does bother me that some people think "old" when they hear the name. It is especially beautiful sounding when pronounced by people of spanish or italin descent because the three syllables are pronounced..with a softly rolled "r"..I think it's a strong yet feminine name." Apr. 8, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hello! Other baby name places list the meaning of "Barbara" as "exotic" - not just "foreign" or "strange." I love my name; the legend of Saint Barbara is pretty amazing: she died defending her faith; she was brilliant and brave; she was forced to live in a tower & defiantly had workmen add 3 windows to represent the Trinity thus publicly declaring her faith, which is why she was killed ... Her story is the origin of the Rapunzel legend -- she secretly lowered her long hair down to lift up baskets of books to read and learn from; reading was then forbidden for women. She was killed because she became a Christian -- even though she'd been walled away by her dad to prevent this -- and refused to renounce her faith. Her dad was struck by lightning after he had her beheaded -- OK, maybe that part of the story isn't so nice... but still, she was someone I'd like to be like! Another thing I like about this name is that you can vary it. I was "Barbie" when I was little; I shifted to what felt to me like fun, strong "Barb" when I needed to be claim my not-little-girlness as a teen, stayed "Barb" as an adventurous young woman and then a confident attorney. In my 40s now, I feel my "full flowering" as a woman in the name "Barbara" -- it sounds gentle but interesting (just say it ~barbara~), exotic, very "with-it" (no "Barbara" I've ever met is silly, boring or inconsequential). I *really* hope everyone agrees that the accurate view of "Barbara" is "exotic" -- who wants a "strange" or "foreign" baby? But one who grows into an "exotic" woman? ... Wow!!!" Jan. 13, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a 35-year-old Barbara and I love my name. When I was growing up, I wanted something more trendy, but now I am SO glad I am not a Jenny, Kimberly, or Lindsay. I like how pretty and classic Barbara is. It's also a respectable name to have at the top of a resume. I also like that I am the only Barbara that I know." Jul. 16, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm Barbara. I was born on my grandfather's birthday. Just don't cacll me Babs." May. 14, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I LOVE my name, Barbara Jean! I, too, wish it would become popular again. I agree with others who don't like Barb-how about BABS! My brother calls me that, cause he knows it irritates me!" May. 7, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a Barbara Anne. The fact that I was born in the Dominican Republic makes "stranger" relevant as I am very Northern Eupoean in my phenotype. I am of a blood type that is not found much in either the D.R. or Northern Europe but in India. I am exotic in my approach to life and nomadic in my tastes. I am wild and free and nobody's gofer girl or slave. I find the Sanish pronunciation the most preferable sound of the name and the West Texas version the least preferable. I love West Texas just the same as I love nature everywhere." May. 6, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was named after my grandfather so I am Barbara Carol. I was Barbie growing up, but I think Barbara is much more appropriate for a 34 year old" May. 2, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Barbara Jean and I like it. I hate Barb because i think people are to lazy to say your full name. I would never consider changing my name because my precious Mom,who is now deceased, named me." Apr. 16, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name. I am 36 and I don't hear it very often. In school I was the only one that had that name. I always feel like an original when I hear it. It does bother me people don't seem to know how to spell it. I go by Barb. I just hate when people call me barbie or babs." Mar. 22, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Barbara and has been since I was born. There is nothing to complain about except the various nicknames that come along with it and the fact that Barbra Strisand spelled her name wrong and makes it hard for the rest of us:). If I can convince people to call me my whole name and spell it rightI am happy with it, but I do know that it often makes people think that I am older than my 31 years." Sep. 1, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Barbara Ann, but I go by Barbie. I was actually named for my two Aunts, but it came out to be just like the song. My maiden name was Rudolph, so the teasing and songs about me were relentless as a kid. But, I love my name, but only Barbie. I refuse to answer to Barb. I hate it! Barbara or Babs is fine though." May. 12, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "That is my moms name and i like it but i no shen loves it and she would never wish to have a diferent name" Apr. 4, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Barbara. I was born in 1994. I love my name. It is a strong name." Mar. 2, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "People often call me "Barb" (which I hate). I must prefer the sound of "Barbi" (without the "e" at the end). I like my name; always have." Jan. 22, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born in 1954. My dad named me Barbara. I do not like the nicknames for Barbara. It uncommon to hear the name Barbara today. It is a pretty name. Due for a comeback." Nov. 8, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my daughter Barbara, who was born in 2004. She was named after my mother. The name was very popular in her generation and put the biggest smile on her face when she found out my daughter's name. Unusual for this decade, but still beautiful!" Apr. 22, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My girlfriend's name is Barbara. She doesn't like it that much but I think it's beautiful. It fits her like a tailored coat. She was born in the 80's, so she thinks it's an 'old lady name'. It's just plain gorgeous." Apr. 3, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "i luv it i am called barbie because i look like a barbie" Mar. 20, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Barbara. I'm 38, and all the other Barbaras I know are older, grandmotherly. I do love my name, but it's often misspelled BARBRA (as in Streisand)." Jan. 27, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My girlfriend's name is Barbara. I call her Barbie and my friends butcher her name by saying "Barbra." My parents told me that Barbara is a biblical name meaning "miracles."" Dec. 1, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name -- prefer to be called Barb, but Barbara and Barbi are all optonis too -- never been referred to as Babs and that's okay with me." Nov. 24, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born in 1973, so it's a little awkward to have a name that was so popular in the previous generation, but I've never met someone my age with it. It's a good name, though, I like it. It has about a million nicknames!" Aug. 17, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      10 Negative Comments

  • "I've always hated my name, Barbara Marie. I've NEVER seen anyone, especially as young as I am, with the name Barbara, and all the nicknames are horrible, Babs, Barbie, Bobby, and there is absolutely no names for for Marie. People commonly misspell it as "Barbra" and it's strange to be in a class with a bunch of "Jonothan"s and "Emma"s." Nov. 6, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "not too crazy about my name being Barbara, but HATE to be called Barb with all my soul. Correcting people on it is awkward and I have trouble doing it. Hearing "Barb", like nails on a chalkboard" Jun. 2, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "Barbara always makes me think of an old witch with a bump on her nose. Sorry guys." Jul. 16, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Barbara Jean Francis, and I'm 15 -.- I'm one of only 3 people I've ever met named Barbara. It's so annoying. I get called Barbie (mostly by guys), Barb or Babs (mostly by teachers trying to be cool) but my favorite is Bee, by my best friends and family(: My name is SO old fashioned, and yes there are lots of nicknames for it but its way to long and fat and old for our generations. When I have kids I'm going with Erin, Kayden and Landon(:" Jan. 18, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is barbara and im a guy and my teacher makes fun of me all the time it hurts not physically but mentally :(" May. 13, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My granny's name is Barbara (she's Polish) but we pronounce the second 'A'...Not like people in other countries. I don't like that name because it sounds fat, old and ugly and I seriously hate it (not because of my granny!) I just think that I woldn't like to be called Barbara as a teenage girl." Dec. 19, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Im called Barbara which i hate! as a result of my hatred for the name ive acquired an array of nicknames..babs babsy barb,babins, bob. I Like the meaning of the name, but the name itself is granny-ish and growing up with sheep noises (BAAARRBAAARRA...lol)following me wherever i went, made me want to curse my parents for their ill-tasted choice! Down with this ugly name , dont subject your baby to the burden of barbara! Nobody under 50 can pull it off anywho!! DOOONT DOOO IT!" Oct. 25, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "hate it. sounds heavy, harsh, old. no good nicknames, either -- at least in English. and changing one's name is weird. I know two people (not barbaras) who have done that, but i still can't get used to their "new" name. I wish so much that i loved my name." Jul. 9, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I absolutely hate this name! I have to live with it the rest of my life. So many people spell it wrong. I mean, how hard is it to remember 2-B's, 3-A's, and 2-R's? It's so lame!" Jul. 21, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Barbara Dolly so people often call me Barbie Doll. I hate it." Jun. 27, 2007: Report as inappropriate

      48 Neutral Comments

  • "My name is Barbara Lynn... I like it... I notice most "Ann" or "Marie" or "Jean" middle name" Aug. 3, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Barbara Ann, I think it's unique ,sexy, mysterious and I really enjoy having this name:)" Sep. 2, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Barbara Anne and, of course, I am in my 50s. I still hope to have a granddaughter named Barbara someday, but I doubt it will ever happen. No one names their child Barbara anymore." Jun. 5, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Barbara, I am 57 years old and HATE being calld Barb. Why do people take the liberty of changing your name without asking you, I try not to do that to other people." May. 15, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Barbara Ann and I had the pleasure of being named after The Beach Boys song of the same name (thanks Dad). I don't mind Barb or Bas or Barbie, but I used to hate it when my Mom used to call me by my full name cause it meant I was prolly in trouble." Apr. 21, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Barbara Ann and I am 43 years young. I go by Barbie, but most people ( especially women) will call me Barb. I absolutely detest that name. I have corrected people before and it makes me feel weird. I can't figure out why they don't feel weird after they address me when they know I call myself Barbie. I know they're not stupid just jealous. Barbie represents beauty and if I was fat and ugly then they probably would call me Barbie. Just saying." Apr. 18, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a 63 year old Barbara and also HATE to be called Barb but insisting on the formal pronounciation doesn't feel right to me either. My family called me Babs or Babsie and an old friend calls me Babbie and I love that. Barbara does have a patrician sound and am glad I am not Bunny or Brandy!" Mar. 18, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm also Barbara my parents african female aged 12 my parents call me Barbz. My grandparents call me Barbie and my friends call me Beee .Can the nicknames get worse" Apr. 2, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Barbara Anne and I'm 40 years old. I almost never meet any Barbara's my age, but I meet those 60+ all the time. I was called Barbie until I reached high school and then was called Barb. I hate being called Barb, think barbed wire, but as mentioned before, it's very hard to fight it. I've been called Barbara since I turned 18, but most people mispronounce it. I pronounce it with all 3 syllables and most Minnesotans don't get it. I found this site because a close friend is trying to figure out a nickname to call me and he doesn't like Babs. I never heard of Bobbie as a nick name for Barbara before, but I think I like it!" Mar. 21, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "vc e mesmo aminha idolo barbie ou e so uma imitacao dela por que eu ja vi ela numa entrevista prsualmente" Jul. 11, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Barbora,too.It's Slovak & Czech variant.In central Europe is popular name but very old.I like this name but I don't like when they call me Barbie or Babs and when I wear pink clothes...only..."Barbie".But in America, I don't know.We have old names how: John,Susan,Katherine.What do u mean?" May. 3, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Barbara and I'm a 'young' 52. My middle name is Jane and I think my parents wanted to call me Barbara Jane but it didn't stick. My Dad called me Babs when I was young and then someone at work started calling me that, but I don't like it. I was called Barb through high school and some of my old friends and family still call me Barb. I went through awful anxiety over the last few years disliking my name and wanted to adopt my middle name Jane as I just wanted a name that you couldn't shorten. However, after reading these stories, I'm beginning to just accept it's my name. Only thing is I am now a chef and thought Chef Jane sounded better than Chef Barbara. I know my friends would hate it if i changed my name and I would also feel strange. Seems like I will keep it after all." Feb. 24, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "i get called 'bee' by everyone except my mum, barbara, or babs, seems such a fat name to me, bee is sassy, and seems cool, people love it, i love it" Jan. 16, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi, my name is Barbara Montinard and i'm 19 years old lives in Boston,MA. I love my name so much eventually when people calls me Barbie like a doll or a little baby girl.Sincerly my name always makes me feel younger every day. For me it is the best name ever for any girl.Since i was born until now my mom calls me ( ma poupee) it's a French word meaning barbie as(doll). I am so very proud of my name and I will always do.......... Thanks........" Oct. 26, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "When I was a little girl I demanded to be called Winnie because I hated my name so much. And because I loved the Wonder Years t.v. show. Just saying." Jun. 14, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was the only Barbara I knew 'til I was in university (UK). I was named afer my great grandmother. The name always seemed 'fat' and I was thin. I didn't lke it. Now I am glad it is a truly international name and think I should have thought of that when naming my own children who have names that are difficult to translate. My oldest friends call me Barbara or Babs (a few only, but with fondness) not Barb. I was once Bobbie in West Virginia, which was different and not bad. BTW the Nobel Laureate Barbara McClintock changed her name *to* Barbara." May. 30, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am Barbara Ann, and 75 years old. I have always liked my name, but I do find it very annoying when people who have only just met me call me Barb! After all, my name IS Barbara and I really do want to be called by my correct name!" May. 17, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm Barbara, and I get called Barbie because Barbara sounds too harsh. I've always thought it sounds like an old woman's name, but I am the only Barbara in my middle school, so the name is unique." May. 5, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am Barbara Lynn. Don't really know how the name came about, but I like it. Just glad it is not "Ann" or "Jean". LOL" Apr. 8, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like my name, specially here ,that is not as popular as it is in Poland." Dec. 3, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm Barbara and my best friend is also Barbara...it's an okay name...I can think of worse. My friend and myself are both in our 50's." Nov. 7, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am also a Barbara Anne, like my namesake from the Dominican Rep., and I too, live in a Spanish speaking country (Mexico). I have come to terms with Barbara, although I didn't like in my teen years. Anne is something else, they never get it right and pronounce it awfully!!" Jul. 3, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "well my name is Barbara..after my mothers favorite sister...Im Barbara not Barb..sounds like a cow burping..not Barbie..Ive got a real life not a dream life..I do have a dear friend that calls me Beebs..Thats pretty cool w/me....I do like my name 3 letters tossed about to make a gerat name...I share the name of a Saint...yep...We do!!!" Jan. 6, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "MY NAME IS BARBARA AND I'M 45 YEARS OLD. I REALLY NEVER THOUGHT MUCH WHETHER I LIKE THE NAME OR NOT. I KNOW IT WAS A MUCH MORE POPULAR NAME IN THE EARLY 60'S THAN IT IS NOW. MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER RECENTLY MADE A COMMENT THAT SHE HAD A 13 YEAR OLD GIRL IN HER CLASS NAMED BARBARA AND SHE COULDN'T BELIEVE THAT SOMEONE ACTUALLY NAMED THEIR CHILD THAT, BECAUSE IT SOUNDED LIKE AN OLD LADIES NAME, OH WELL, I GUESS MY AGE IS FINALLY CATCHING UP TO MINE....." Dec. 31, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is Barbara Jean...it's ok. I'm 22 so I feel that it's too old for me. But hey I'd rather have a unique name then be a jenny or kathy....etc." Dec. 11, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "The thing is, Barbara is my middle name. I've never liked it. I'm even thinking of changing it. Which is why I'm surprised so many Barbaras like their name." Nov. 9, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am from the Czech Republic. My name is Barbora. It's fabulous name and it has lots of forms. They call me Barb, Baru, Barka, Bara, Bora, Borka, Barıa, Bary, Baruıka, Barborka, Barunka or Barbie (I hate this one). I think that everyone shoul know at least one lovely girl holding this name. Sorry for my poor English." Jul. 25, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Im a barbara and i love the name! And im 15. Its better than stupid names like amy leah jenny there to common, its just a name so i dnt no y any1 makes fun out of it. I love bein called babs and barbie. X" Jul. 25, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "im called barbara and i think the names ok its just the same as any other mame really? Dnt get it." Jul. 15, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Barbara Elaine. I have always loved my name. I don't see it as old fashioned at all. I see it as young and interesting. People just call me Barbara." Jun. 21, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Still sounds a bit dated at the present time, but I think it will make a comeback some day whether one's a Batman fan or not. Barbara Gordon is a librarian in Gotham City by day, but by night she is Batgirl, proving herself to be as athletic as her idol Batman - and Robin the Boy Wonder." May. 19, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi. My name is Barbara and when people ask me my name and I tell them, they often repeat, "Margaret?" I then have to say, no not Margaret, Barbara. I never liked my name. It's far too old fashioned and common. I'm hoping it makes a comeback though, because then new life will be breathed into the name and it will become redefined." May. 12, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "In another one of them Batman stories, if Barbara Gordon was to have just grown old gracefully, without being shot and paralyzed by The Joker, yet still giving up her double life as Batgirl, the Barbara Gordon in old age or nearing there would be seen taking over her father's job as Gotham City's first female police comissioner. In most of the Batman stories, however, we would see the young, dark-haired Barbara Gordon, librarian by day but Batgirl by night (just like Bruce Wayne is businessman by day but Batman by night), while her father would be the grey-haired police commissioner of Gotham City." May. 5, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Borne by American former First Lady Barbara Bush (not to mention her namesake granddaughter who is one of the twin daughters of the older Barbara's son George W. Bush who is the current president), and by the fictional Barbara Gordon, or Batgirl, in the Batman comic strips. Miss Gordon's days as Batgirl (she is to Batman fans the best-known "Batgirl" and I don't think other Batgirls can compete with her really) come to an end one day when she is shot and paralysed by The Joker, which results in her reinventing herself as The Oracle. She is the daughter (or perhaps niece AKA adopted daughter) of Gotham City's police commissioner James (or Jim) Gordon. Though that Batgirl was great, I'm not really a fan of the name Barbara - perhaps the Swedish and Russian cognates, Barbro and Varvara respectively, may prove good alternatives." Apr. 28, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have had the name for 49 years. Barbara Jean. I wish it would come back into popularity as it is a pretty name. I do not like being called Barb at all. My brothers and sisters strangely enough call me Bar and I have always liked hearing it from them. A closeness I share only with them." Apr. 20, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "i was named Barbara Ann - in 1971 - so, now i'm 36. But, i'm a "young" 36 and i have always felt that my name was old fashioned. Luckily im tall and have blonde hair - so people always say i look like a Barbie Doll....i dont mind it - hey, id rather be seen as pretty like a Barbie than an old fart - so, i guess you can say i make the best of it....." Nov. 2, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Barbara, i am 22 years old. I hate my name! Its not that i was ever made fun of because of it its just that it sounds like a much older ladies name. I know i will grow old eventually, but noone ever wants to FEEL old! I personaly think the name is horrible. I was named after my mother, who barely took part, or at least a responsible part of raising me and resent the name to this day." Aug. 29, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am named Barbara and hate being called Barb (big in the West) or Babs. People tell me my name means "strange." But it really means "stranger;" and I tell them it's short for "barbarian."" Aug. 17, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like the name Barbara because it isn't really strange. I mean, everyone knows it. Yet the world isn't flooded with a ton of us. Some other Barbaras that I've met have varied the name in some way... I babysat once for a Barbara who went by "Betsy." As a girl, I remember a "Jenny" saying, "But your name sounds grown up." That's stuck with me because I've spent a lot more time as an adult than a child. Not sure I'd name my daughter "Barbara", but I've liked it well enough as my own name." Jul. 27, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am also Barbara Ann. I am known as Barbs or Barbi by family and friends, except my parents who still call me "Barbara Ann". Since moving to Australia I get called Barb by the locals (barbie is short for barbecue in Aus.) I don't mind any of my names - they're all great." May. 31, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born Barbara Ann in 1951,Children asked if I had something to do with Barbara Ann's bread? Now, like to be called Barb A. some aquaintance called me Bari or Babs. Never like Barbie, they always said where's Ken?" Jan. 28, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is barbara and i was born in 1989, so I got called "barbie doll" all the time. I have met people with the same name as me, but they are all born in the 70s and before then." Sep. 2, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Named 'Barbara Ann' in 1969, I have met few Barbara's my own age. I have always liked my name and generally liked my nicknames (B.B. Ann, Babs, Barbarina, Babbette). There is one in particular I do not care for, and that is 'Barbie'." Jun. 21, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "While I always wished I had a different name because it was not popular when I was growing up (in the early 70's), I think it is a good name that stands the span of a life - Barbie as a little girl, Barb for most of the my life, and eventually Grandma Barbara" Apr. 6, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I don't like this name much.The 'bar'is too repetitive." Mar. 15, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is Barbara, and my second name Mahalia. I like this name it most. Barbara is a boring name." Jan. 11, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "mine name is barbara and yes people spell it wrong they spell it barbra. i have a anty named barbara too but other then that i don't know any one else." Dec. 7, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is a nice name, it is very unique. If my name was Barbara, though, I would NOT NOT NOT NOT want people to call me Barb! What a waste of a beautiful name!!" Nov. 20, 2005: Report as inappropriate



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