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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Barbara

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Barbara in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Barbara:

  • Records indicate that 3,305 boys in the United States have been named Barbara since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1942, when 164 people in the U.S. were given the name Barbara. Those people are now 78 years old.

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      8 Positive Comments

  • "I like the name Barbara because it isn't unusual. Everybody knows it, even if it means stranger or exotic. It is international, yet there are not too many of us. Many Barbara's go by Bobbi. As a little girl I was called Barbie, and as I grew I began to prefer Barbara because it is intelligent, mature, and classic." Jul. 5, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name now, but hated it when young, mostly because everyone sang the "Barbara Anne". Now that I am older I love it except for the nickname Barb. It may be old fashioned but it will never go out of style. Most of all I love it because it was also my grandmothers name! It's simple yet sophisticated." Jul. 3, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Barbara and I am 31 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." Jun. 30, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am an adult Barbara. I love the name, and wonder why anyone would think this as an Old-Lady?s name with the youthful playfulness & beauty of Barbie!" Apr. 6, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a Barbara and I've learned to really love my name. It is strong for a resume, and bears many connotations with intellectualism, idealism--together with independence, not to mention creativity. My name has numerous nicknames which family and friends still call me." Dec. 19, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a Barbara and I've really grown to love my name. My name has the seriousness required to maintain a professional reputation - yet I still have nicknames from family & friends." Dec. 18, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "Barbara (pronounced Bau - Brah) is a rich, fluent, classic - and even exotic name, with numerous forms of nicknames for alteration into a variety of purposes (from the playful frivolities of 'Barbie' to the softer affections of 'Barbs'); it is popular for especially for females - but also for a small minority of males. Not only is the meaning of the name exotic, but the name itself exemplifies exoticism. The inherent richness of the sonorities may cloy the senses, and may seem "too much" at times." Jun. 15, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm pretty sure Barbara is the best name in the world and always will be. Nothing strikes both fear and joy into my heart more than the name Barbara. Every person should name every baby and anyone ever has again Barbara." Feb. 19, 2009: Report as inappropriate

      2 Negative Comments

  • "I think it sounds like an old woman's name. Not a cool or pretty name at all in my opinion." Jul. 2, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have always hated my name for the last 43 years. It is so old fashioned and reminds me of a fat old aunt. I asked my mom why she named me this and she said that she has always loved the name. She also said that everyone has a "Barbara" in there life (what ever that means!) THUMBS DOWN ON THE NAME BARBARA" Sep. 11, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      10 Neutral Comments

  • "I was born in 1986. I didn't run into a lot of other Barbaras my age growing up. By far the most common reaction I get when introducing myself is "That's my mom's name." This was a good thing, but now it makes me feel old. I hate when people take it upon themselves to call me another variation of my name, or sing Barbara Ann or one of the other songs as though no-one else has done this. I have a feeling that the nicknaming and song-singing would probably be less of an issue for a Barbara growing up now. I like the fact that it's a name that's not super common in my age group but is familiar to most folks. While growing up, it seemed unbearably old & frumpy and I wished for a name that was cuter, fancier, or girlier. But I appreciate its seriousness and strength more as an adult."" Sep. 6, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name. Though when I was younger I wanted a boyish nickname (I envied girls who could go by Sam or Alex). My true name is Barbara Ann, though few people call me that anymore. Barb is not a favorite of mine." Mar. 21, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "my son's name is Babara in a short form its actually Oluwaseunbabarafunmi in my native language, meaning 'God did a spectacular thing for me'. the meaning is so deep and I had premonition to name my child this name either a male or a female child. so did I" Sep. 1, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "Kids would sing Barbara Ann to me throughout later grade middle or high school, but not really to tease me; they'd just sing it when they'd see me. I love my name. Both strong with classicism and unique with exoticism. I just hate being called Barb!" Aug. 17, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Barbara I love the name is Barbara I was named after the poem and song Barbara Allen it's a beautiful name" Jul. 6, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "Students like to know everything about there teheacrs.Way back in the dark ages, my students, both vocal and theological would ask other teheacrs, old students whatever they would divulge about me.My teacher friends tell me that there students even try to hack into their home computers.We are all out Lizzy ( i hate there's )" Mar. 17, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hey Gracie!I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Mission, but didn't make it over on this time around have you seen the photo I pstoed not too long ago from one of the archways there:Thanks for the awesome ideas! I love Mexican food so Check, that's on the list and harbor cruise with YES PLEASE! And I'm totally down with budget-friendly hotels, but if I wanted to head on down to SB for an anniversary or something, do you have a cute B+B or something you'd suggest? Oh, and have you tried Tupelo Junction for breakfast? We hit up that place at about 10am and loved the blend it was like country-style but healthy!!! Cheers!" Dec. 26, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Barbara...I was named after the famous "spunky" actress, Barbara stepfather loved her. My mother told me years later that she didn't want to name me Barbara...She wanted to name me Theresa Marie...(she was Italian)...She said that she had complications after my birth and she wasn't aware until she woke up 3 days later what my stepfather had done!!! Anyway!!! I've always had mixed emotions about my name. Maybe I'll get over it one day." Oct. 13, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hugely popular girl's name around the middle of the 20th century but not used much these days. Lots of middle-aged people with the name and ALL of them are women. I cannot ever see it on men at all and I don't think it's particularly feminine either. I can, however, see it on mannish women, just like I can see Anne or Ann on mannish women as well (such as 'The Weakest Link' presenter Anne Robinson)." Jun. 5, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My mom's name was Barbara. I love it. We are form Minnesota, say "Barb" Minnesotan/scandanavian accent-- it's super cute, and basically sums up the personality of most Barbs. I LOVE IT. I think it's definitely a classic!" Dec. 22, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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