[ 3 syll. bar-na-by, ba-rn-aby ] The baby boy name Barnaby is pronounced as BAARNaa-Biy- †. Barnaby has its origins in the Aramaic language. It is used largely in the English and Polish languages. The name first developed as a medieval English form of Barnabas. It has been used by Charles Dickens as the name of the good-hearted but developmentally-disabled titular lead in his novel Barnaby Rudge (1841). It has also appeared in the American TV series Barnaby Jones (1973-1980) as the name of an aging detective.
Barnaby is a familiar form of the English and German Barnabas in the English language.
Barnaby is also a variant form of the English Bartholomew in the Polish language.
Variant forms of Barnaby include the name Bernabé, the name Bernabi, the name Bernaby, the Spanish Bernbe, the name Burnabee, the name Burnabey, the name Burnabi, the name Burnabie, and the English Burnaby.
Variant forms share the origin and meaning of the name Barnaby.
Barnaby is unusual as a baby boy name. It is not ranked within the top 1000.
† Pronunciation for Barnaby: B as in "be (B.IY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"