Barbara

Barbara - A very unique female name



  Apr 22,2019      Abigail Adams, Editorial writer   

Barbara, meaning foreign woman, appeared on the charts for the first time in 1910 on position #135. In this article you'll learn the history of this name, statistics, see famous people named Barbara and more.
Are you having a baby or looking to learn more about the name Barbara? Our experts and editorial staff have gathered trends and insights for 30,000+ baby names over the last 100 years -- And on this page you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about the name Barbara. The baby girl name Barbara was given to 232 baby girls in 2012, ranking #912 on the national girl baby name top chart.

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With that position 1 in 6,092 baby girls were given this name - making this a very unique female name according to our Popularity Score algorithm. Barbara peaked in popularity 82 years ago in 1937 on position 2.



Famous with this name

Barbara Hershey
Barbara Bain
Barbara Jefford


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Barbara is currently topping the charts in...

Did you know that popularity can vary a lot between states? Barbara is currently topping the baby name charts in Pennsylvania at position #328 - and is the least popular in Georgia at position #1,502.

Why care about state specific baby name charts? It could be that a name that is very popular on the national overall charts is less (or even more) popular where you live. So make sure you check out the state specific charts below and find out how popular or unique Barbara is where you live.


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Barbara origin and meaning

Barbara is a 7 letter name with 3 syllables. This name means foreign woman. To see famous people named Barbara, pop culture references for the name Barbara and nicknames & variations - visit Nameberry or Wikipedia.

Similar to Barbara

We've found the following names that sound similar to Barbara, sorted by popularity.

Barbra / Barbaraann / Barbarita / Barbarann / Barbarajean / Barbarella /

Name statistics


Most parents-to-be know if they want a popular or unique name, and with these charts and data tables you can easily get a better understanding of how popular or unique this name is.

With a quick glance you can easily tell if this name is increasing or declining in popularity - But note that its current popularity can actually differ a lot from state to state.

Chart position per year (visualized)



Chart position per state (visualized)



Chart position per year (table view)


Year Rank
2012912
2011749
2010691
2009653
2008761
2007622
2006555
2005681
2004667
2003628
2002561
2001546
2000523
1999483
1998459
1997384
1996401
1995355
1994316
1993293
1992249
1991230
1990209
1989186
1988187
1987170
1986181
1985169
1984152
1983143
1982130
1981119
1980120
1979123
1978113
1977100
197698
197583
197477
197363
197258
197147
197041
196939
196836
196733
196627
196525
196419
196317
196214
196112
196012
195911
19589
19579
19569
19557
19547
19536
19526
19515
19504
19494
19483
19474
19464
19453
19442
19432
19422
19412
19402
19392
19382
19372
19363
19353
19343
19333
19323
19314
19306
19297
19288
192710
192616
192522
192428
192333
192240
192140
192047
191960
191860
191767
191673
191583
191482
191393
1912102
1911118
1910135

Chart position per state (table view)


State Rank
Pennsylvania328
Texas461
Arizona606
Indiana721
Virginia743
Illinois775
New York777
Massachusetts797
California885
Florida1057
Ohio1244
Georgia1502

Even more about Barbara


These are some of the common questions you may want to have answered to know if this is the perfect name for your baby.

Is Barbara a common or unique name?

By analyzing the number of births and frequency of this name we've determined that it's currently a very unique female name.

What is the number of syllables for the name Barbara?

3 syllables. Why is this important? One of the things that makes a baby name sound good and have a nice rythm is the number of syllables - and especially the number of syllables along with the syllable count for your last name. A simple rule is to avoid having the same number of syllables in your first, middle and last name.

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#
On chart
1937
Peak year
Female


Popularity Score™

Name Barbara
Gender Female
Popularity 1 in 6,092
Letter count 7
Syllable count 3
Year first discovered 1910
2012 births +232

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