First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

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Origin and Meaning of Barnabas

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From Ancient Greek Βαρναβᾶς (Barnabâs), from the Hebrew בּר‎ (bar, “son”) and נָבִיא‎ (naví, “prophet”).

  1. (biblical) An early Christian, one of the earliest Christian disciples in Jerusalem
  2. A male given name from Hebrew of biblical origin.

Barnabas was also found in the following language(s): Finnish and Manx

Notable Persons Named Barnabas

Notable Persons Named Barnabas


Barnabas was a saint. He holds the title Prophet, Disciple, Apostle to Antioch and Cyprus, Missionary, and Martyr. Barnabas was born in Cyprus. He left this life in 61.

Barnabas Collins

Barnabas Collins is a soap character.

Barnabás Bese

Barnabás Bese is a soccer player for the MTK Budapest FC, Csepel SC, Ferencvárosi TC, Hungary national under-17 football team, and Hungary national under-19 football team. Barnabás was born on May 6th, 1994 in Budapest.

Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini

Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini is a Prime Minister of Swaziland and List of heads of government of Swaziland. Barnabas was born on May 15th, 1942.

Barnabas Bidwell

Barnabas Bidwell was a Member of the, Treasurer of Berkshire County, Massachusetts, Attorney General of Massachusetts, Massachusetts State Senate, Massachusetts House of Representatives, Treasurer ofBerkshire County, Massachusetts Attorney General, and Massachusetts Senate. His career lasted from 1805 to 1807. Barnabas was born on August 23rd, 1763 in Township No. 1 now Monterey, Massachusetts. He died on July 27th, 1833.

Barnabas Kelemen

Barnabas was born in 1978.

  • Barnabas Burns
  • Barnabas McDonald
  • Barnabas Root

Notable Persons With the Last Name Barnabas

Notable Persons With the Last Name Barnabas


Barnabas was a saint. He holds the title Prophet, Disciple, Apostle to Antioch and Cyprus, Missionary, and Martyr. Barnabas was born in Cyprus. He left this life in 61.

Mathews Mar Barnabas

Mathews was born on August 9th, 1924 in Kerala. Mathews is also known as Barnabas Thirumeni. He passed away on December 9th, 2012.

Levi Barnabas

Levi Barnabas is an MLA for Quttiktuq, NT, NU, and MLAforQuttiktuq. Levi was born on January 24th, 1964 in Igloolik.

Vincent Barnabas

Vincent Barnabas is an athlete for the African Lyon F.C.

Vicent Barnabas

Vicent Barnabas is an athlete for the Mtibwa Sugar F.C.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Barnabas U.S.
  White 12.41% 64.26%
  African American 19.31% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 53.10% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 6.21% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 8.97% 16.26%

Of Last Name Barnabas

People with the last name Barnabas are most frequently White, African American, or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Barnabas

  • How Popular is the name Barnabas? Barnabas is the 17,171st most popular name of all time. As a last name Barnabas was the 119,508th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Barnabas have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 483 babies born with the first name Barnabas in the United States. That's more than enough people named Barnabas to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Barnabas? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1920 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Barnabas first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Barnabas is Thursday, August 21st, 1873.
  • What year had the most people named Barnabas born? The highest recorded use of the first name Barnabas was in 2017 with a total of 24 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Barnabas: The name spelled backwards is Sabanrab. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Rbbsaaan. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Barnabas? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 145 people with the last name Barnabas.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Barnabas? Barnabas is one of the most unique last names recorded.
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