Barb name meaning

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in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Barb
  1. Beard, or that which resembles it, or grows in the place of it."The barbel, so called by reason of his barbs, or wattles in his mouth." [Walton.]
  2. A muffler, worn by nuns and mourners.(Obs)
  3. pl.Paps, or little projections, of the mucous membrane, which mark the opening of the submaxillary glands under the tongue in horses and cattle. The name is mostly applied when the barbs are inflamed and swollen. Alt. spell.: barbel barble
  4. The point that stands backward in an arrow, fishhook, etc., to prevent it from being easily extracted. Hence: Anything which stands out with a sharp point obliquely or crosswise to something else."Having two barbsor points." [Ascham.]
  5. A bit for a horse.(Obs)
  6. [Zoöl] One of the side branches of a feather, which collectively constitute the vane. See Feather.
  7. [Zoöl] A southern name for the kingfishes of the eastern and southeastern coasts of the United States; -- also improperly called whiting.
  8. [Bot] A hair or bristle ending in a double hook.

Etymology: F. barbe, fr. L. barba beard. See Beard (n.)

verb Barb
  1. To shave or dress the beard of.(Obs)
  2. To clip; to mow.(Obs)
  3. To furnish with barbs, or with that which will hold or hurt like barbs, as an arrow, fishhook, spear, etc."But rattling storm of arrows barbed with fire." [Milton.]
noun Barb
  1. The Barbary horse, a superior breed introduced from Barbary into Spain by the Moors.
  2. [Zoöl] A blackish or dun variety of the pigeon, originally brought from Barbary.

Etymology: F. barbe, fr. Barbarie

noun Barb
Armor for a horse. Same as 2d Bard (n.), 1.

Etymology: Corrupted fr. bard

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. One of the parallel filaments projecting from the main shaft of a feather
  2. A subsidiary point facing opposite from the main point that makes an arrowhead or spear hard to remove
  3. The pointed part of barbed wire
  4. An aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect
  5. Provide with barbs ("barbed wire")
  1. A diminutive of the female given name Barbara.
  2. A surname​.
  3. (slang) A fan of the American singer Nicki Minaj, especially a female one.

Notable Persons Named Barb

Notable Persons Named Barb

Barb Wire

Barb Wire is a comics character.

Barb Honchak

Barb was born on August 30th, 1979 in Edwardsville, Illinois.

Barb Jungr

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Barb Tarbox

Barb was born on April 10th, 1961 in Edmonton. She died on May 18th, 2003.

Barb Higgins

Barb Higgins is a journalist. Her career lasted from 1989 to 2010. Barb was born on September 21st, 1962 in Edmonton.

Barb Morrison

Barb Morrison is a singer-songwriter, musician, producer, film score composer, and composer. She has been prominent since 1984. Barb was given the name Barbara Jean Morrison on May 22nd, 1967 in Schenectady, New York, US. Barb is also known as Buzz Morrison and 'Super Buddha'.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Barb

Notable Persons With the Last Name Barb

Alphons Barb

Alphons was born on April 15th, 1901. He left this life on November 13th, 1979.

Heinrich Alfred Barb

Heinrich was born on January 1st, 1826. He left this life on June 2nd, 1883.


Common last names for Barb

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Barb U.S.
  White 89.23% 64.26%
  African American 5.38% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.98% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.44% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.52% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.45% 16.26%

Of Last Name Barb

People with the last name Barb are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Barb

  • How Popular is the name Barb? Barb is the 4,599th most popular name of all time. As a last name Barb was the 15,827th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Barb have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 3,853 babies born with the first name Barb in the United States. That's more than enough people named Barb to occupy the territory of Falkland Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 3,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Barb? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1938 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Barb first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Barb is Thursday, August 29th, 1889.
  • What year had the most people named Barb born? The highest recorded use of the first name Barb was in 1960 with a total of 493 babies.
  • Random Barb Factoid: According to the 1963 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Barb is not a popular baby girl's name in Illinois. Imagine that, only 37 babies in Illinois have the same name in 1963.
  • Weird things about the name Barb: The name spelled backwards is Brab. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Brab. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Barb? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,839 people with the last name Barb.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Barb? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Barb as their last name since less than 1 person in 161k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
  • Barb name meaning

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