[ 2 syll. bar-ry, ba-rry ] The baby boy name Barry is pronounced as BEHR-iy- †. Barry is used chiefly in the English and Irish languages, and it is derived from Celtic and Germanic origins. From Celtic roots, its meaning is fair headed; spear; mound,dune; son of Harry. The name is of multiple origins. In Ireland, it could be an Anglicized form of the Irish name Bairre, which is derived from Fionnbarr, and of the elements 'fionn' (meaning white, fair) and 'barr', or else it could be from the Irish Gaelic 'bearach'. In Wales, it could be from the place name of Barry Island, itself of the Welsh 'bar' (mound, dune), or else it could be from the surname 'ap Harry'. The name was first adopted by English speakers in the 19th century, popularized by the Thackeray novel Barry Lyndon (1844). It saw a boost in popularity among English speakers in the 20th century, especially in Australia.
In addition, Barry is a variant of the name Bernard (Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, and Polish) in the English language.
The name Barrie (English) is the female form of Barry.
Barry has 25 variants that are used in English and other languages. Variants used in English include Baree, Barey, Barie, Baris, Barrea, Barree, Barrey, Barri, Barringten, Barrington, Barringtun, Barryngten, Barryngton, Barryngtun, and Bary. Other English forms include the short form Bar, the diminutive forms Bas, Baz, and Bazza, and the variant spellings Bari, Barrie (also used in Irish), and Berry. Bairre (Irish), Barra (Irish), and Fionnbarr (Irish) are foreign variants of Barry.
Barry is uncommon as a baby name for boys. At the height of its usage in 1962, 0.313% of baby boys were given the name Barry. It ranked at #61 then. The baby name has since dropped out of favor, and is today of very modest use. Within all boy names in its group, Barry was nonetheless the most regularly used in 2018.
† Pronunciation for Barry: B as in "be (B.IY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"
Details of famous persons named Barry:
Actor Barry Williams, born 30 September 1954, Santa Monica, California.
Baseball Player Barry Bonds, born 24 July 1964, Riverside, California.
Comedian Barry Humphries, born John Barry Humphries, 17 February 1934, Kew, Melbourne, Australia.
Filmmaker Barry Levinson, born 6 April 1942, Baltimore, Maryland.
Media Mogul Barry Diller, born 2 February 1942, San Francisco, California.
Pop Musician Barry Gibb, born Barry Alan Crompton Gibb, 1 September 1946, Douglas, Isle of Man, England.
Singer Barry Manilow, born Barry Alan Pincus, 17 June 1946, Brooklyn, New York.
Singer Barry White, born Barry Eugene Carter, 12 September 1944 - 4 July 2003, Galveston, Texas.
US Senator Barry Goldwater, born 1 January 1909 - 29 May 1998, Phoenix, Arizona.