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Origin: Celtic
Meaning: Marksman

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Barry

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

A few facts about the boy's name Barry:

  • Records indicate that 177,857 boys in the United States have been named Barry since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1962, when 6,572 people in the U.S. were given the name Barry. Those people are now 59 years old.

    So ... how do we know this stuff? Baby Names Hub identifies trends by analyzing vast amounts of data made available by the U.S. government and other public sources. This data, including social security statistics, provides detailed information on baby name popularity and trends in the United States.


    Comments about the name Barry

    83% Approval Rating
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      15 Positive Comments

  • "I was named Barry at birth. I have a Barry Jr. and now a Barry the 3rd. We?re proud of the name Barry. It?s not a very common name but during the 80s I worked with two other Barrys.The name beats James or John or Bill.The name does not make the person. The person makes the name memorable." Sep. 3, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 8 year old son is called Barry after his grandad and I couldn't imagine any other name for him now. It started as a joke before he was born because his dad's name is Barry too but he really did look like a Barry! I hope he doesn't feel obligated to carry on the trend ha! The only downside is people always think his name is Harry and we have to correct them." Jul. 9, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is barry its a unique name i am 20 i hardly find someone with the name" Sep. 21, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love This name, I?m having a boy and am trying to convinced my husband to let us use it! We would pronounce it (apparently the wrong way?) like Berry. I think it?s perfect for all ages?i can see him as a baby, young boy, teenager and adult w the name flowing perfectly through each phase. It?s one of those older names that is almost hipster because it?s not used anymore" Aug. 29, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "people bullied my son at schooled because of this name and he hates it. he is 38 now." May. 3, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE this name for a guy (pronounced as "berry")im gonna have a son just to name him barry." Apr. 29, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's a shame no one names their children this anymore. I'm one of the slightly later Barrys (1991) and it's a shame the next generation will all be "Aidens". As you can see the name Barry was VERY popular from the 1930s-1970s." May. 15, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "Im Australian and i love it, Most people call me Baz or Bazza.. Its an iconic name here" Feb. 10, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name it is so cute! I have boyfriend and his name is Barry and he is so cute. So don't worry girls love the name Barry!" Jan. 16, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Wow, these comments are so true... I can't help but wonder if the Barry's these people have met was me, because I also happen to be six foot two, good looking, and slightly full of myself! I love my name, one thing i have found is its one of those names almost everyone has a different way of pronouncing it. And, yes, it gets mis-spelled like you read about!" Oct. 18, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Barryoke, Just like karaoke but sung by people called Barry!!" Sep. 4, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Here in the "south", my name is sometimes spelled, Barri, Barrie" Dec. 19, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name--it's not mundane, nor is it "out there." There's a uniqueness to it, because rarely do I meet another one with the name, but it's still well known. I HATE it when people spell it "Berry" though." Jul. 2, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I never liked the name when I was younger because people used to make fun of it, but now i've come to love it. It's unique, but still more common than most people think. People often pronounce it berry rather than barry. I meet other Barrys mostly on the east coast rather than the west coast. all in all it's a great name." Oct. 24, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "The Barry I know is an extraordinary person. He's bright, very good looking, personable, and servant-hearted. He's also slightly full of himself, but hey, nobody's perfect." Jan. 28, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      3 Negative Comments

  • "amazing - if we didin't have Barrys what we do, how we would cope - i will a leader of Barrys. He is Barry. to avoid any problems with other Barrys - there is only one perfect Aryan Barry. XXX" Nov. 8, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "This used to be my name, which I hated so much, that I got it (along with my former awful last name) legally changed in 2008! It never really fit, nor suited me I think, and wasn't exactly a name which you often hear young kids having for that matter. I was the only person I personally knew (besides my dad) who had it. Sharing a name with my father wasn't really something which I was a fan of either for that matter, since it caused much unnecessary confusion, while giving me an inferiority complex at the same time. That especially being when people would often call me "Little Barry" as a child, which as a result, didn't take me long to start hating it, as you can imagine!" Aug. 12, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "I met a wonderful guy names Barry, but I don't care for how the name sounds" Apr. 1, 2007: Report as inappropriate

      16 Neutral Comments

  • "I have always hated my name. But honestly reading a lot of these comments has made me feel better about the name Barry. I also absolutely hate when people spell it Berry!" Jun. 30, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "2019 names my son Barry after his grandad and great grandad" Jan. 2, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Dads name is Barry,when we were little he told us it was short for Dingleberry." Sep. 8, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My grandpa?s name and one of my favorite names. I really want to name my son this if I have one. Why don?t people give their kids this name anymore, though? It?s such a classic and strong name! Much better than the modern names like Caden or the one I despise most: Declan." Sep. 6, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "i despise it---Ann & Barry...rememeber those books from school?. Its a baby's name and lacks the maturity and fortitude of a proper blokes name. Its immature." Aug. 20, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Barry. When I started primary school, I wrote my name on my exercise book, but the teacher changed the spelling to Barrie. After weeks of argument with the teacher, my mum had to go to the school to sort it out! This happened at the start of every new year. Annoying to be told you don't even know how to spell your own name. I also have/had a problem with pronouncing Rs so not an ideal name for me. Finally, on the phone it gets mis-heard as Danny on a regular basis. Whilst I don't hate the name, I wish I'd been called something different." Sep. 21, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Barry and i love the is not common but yet cute as a babys name and also as a grown man." Feb. 14, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "Im 21 and am not sure about having the name Barry. Most people who have the name seem to be older than me. I think i will like it more as i get older" May. 20, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Makes me think of grown men who are handsome-looking six-footers. When they were very young boys, the name was in fashion, but it is no longer so these days. However, I think this is one of those names now ripe for female adoption alongside other dad-grandpa names like Gary, Stanley, Arthur, Wayne, Stuart, Howard, and Murray which all sound terminally outmoded as male names." May. 23, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Barry, I have met a few guys with the same name. born 1959." Aug. 7, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my dad's name is barry, being the 3rd child I was supposed to be junior, but I came out a girl and was still named Barri." Apr. 4, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the comments...all so true...why is it so hard for people to pronouce it properly?? Most just shorten it to "Bear"!" Jan. 14, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the comments...all so true...why is it so hard for people to pronouce it properly?? Most just shorten it to "Bear"!" Jan. 14, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Barry is of Irish origin. I am Irish and the proper pronounciation is like "Bar-ray" not "Berry" or "Bao-ri"" Mar. 20, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • """People misspell the name (Barrie,Berry etc) and also pronounce it like "Berry""" OMG you are so right! Its been really annoying all my life! Oh dont let anyone tell you its an Irish name. Its a WELSH-Norman name that was taking to Irleand during the Anglo-Norman invasions." Mar. 16, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "People misspell the name (Barrie,Berry etc) and also pronounce it like "Berry"" Sep. 14, 2005: Report as inappropriate

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