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The Barbie doll has been a very popular toy for a long time. I used to love playing with them, they were fun.
― Anonymous User  11/6/2005
Barbie dolls give young girls unreal expectations of themselves. Her legs are out of proportion to the rest of her body, her hair too blonde, her smile too perfectly white, her breasts too pert and big for her frame. It really disgusts me. I would never call any child of mine Barbie.
hana  2/7/2006
I know someone who spells it Barbi.
― Anonymous User  11/6/2005
Naming your child this doesn't have anything to do with a doll.
amber monkey  7/28/2006
A pet form of Barbara or not, a girl will be teased to no end if she bears this name. This name will forever be associated with the Barbie doll: a vapid, warped image of a woman and a feminist's worst nightmare. For a woman to have Barbie's body, she would have to be 7'2'' in height, weigh 120 lbs., have a 38-48'' bust, an 18-23'' waist, and 28-34'' hips. She'd have to crawl around on all fours just to support her unnatural proportions if she were a real flesh-and-blood woman, but still Barbies are shaped in this unrealistic form, sending a bad message to little girls.
gaelruadh19  8/17/2006
It really irritates me when people go around crying about what a terrible role model Barbie is. Barbie is a bad role model, yes. Because she is PLASTIC! I think Barbie is rather cute, insofar as a name related to Barbara can be cute. Yeah, she'll be teased about being named the same as the toy. So will her friend Teddy. But millions of little girls (boys too) the world over have played with and enjoyed Barbie, and if you can find me a girl who claims her self-image was warped by the doll, I'll show you a girl who either grew up in a cave doing nothing but playing with Barbie, or else likes to blame others for her own shortcomings.
Starla Roxanne  9/17/2006
The Barbie doll's full name was Barbara Millicent Roberts.
Another more infamous bearer of this name was Claus Barbie, the Butcher of Lyons, a Nazi war criminal in France.
― Anonymous User  9/17/2006
Who in their right mind would name their daughter after a plastic bimbo! No offence if you like the name.
― Anonymous User  2/7/2007
I know a woman named Barbie and she is definitely not like the plastic doll. I hate how people always associate her with the Barbie Doll, she's a very sweet lady.
― Anonymous User  8/17/2007
Let's face it: this name doesn't exactly make the bearer appear smart. The name has no maturity, class, or dignity to it, seeing as it immediately brings the Barbie doll to mind. Besides, it's just a nickname, and thus it sounds rather infantile as a proper name. Someone with this name will be bullied in school and not taken seriously in the job market.
slight night shiver  4/20/2008
Save yourself and your kid a lot of pain and pick something else than a horrible sounding name like BARBIE, which is, to make it even worse, related to a plastic blonde doll.
Kazuya  8/26/2008
This name makes me think of the toy so I would never name my kid this.
number1212  9/12/2008
I think that Barbie is a nice name that I associate more with a little girl then a doll. I think that in the younger grades, most Barbies wouldn't be bullied. Now come high school, they might gte teased.

Barbie itself, just as a name, is definitely nice. But before naming anyone this, you should make sure to think about any teasing that might happen.
Sarah the Confused  9/30/2008
Starla Roxanne, I couldn't agree with you more!

Barbie, if you look past your deep hatred for a toy being unrealistic, is a fine name, that isn't so strange that people would honestly believe you are just naming her after the doll, unless they were totally ignorant. I can easily picture on someone like my aunt, who is a strong smart redhead with a Brooklyn accent.
not_another_Jessica  11/13/2008
This name has no class or prettiness. It's horrible. When I hear the name Barbie I think of stuck up tarts who tease others and are full of themselves. It's a tasteless name. Don't, don't, don't name your kid Barbie. Or Barbra.
1998emma  7/23/2009
Sounds boring and cutesy, not to mention everyone immediately thinks of a plastic doll.
bananarama  7/23/2009
'Barbie' is Australian slang for barbeque.
vomiting  1/13/2010
I would never use the name Barbie simply due to the fact that I do not like the sound of it. The association with the famous Barbie Doll does not bother me at all. I feel that Barbie, with her independence many professions ranging from astronaut to teacher to ballerina, is a feminist icon.
vomiting  1/13/2010
I wouldn't advise anyone to name their actual daughter Barbie, but for pets it could work. I once met this shetland pony called Barbie - she was so adorable!
starz26  4/9/2010
Don't name a girl this, ever. Besides being the name of an annoying doll, it's cutesy, girly, childish, and the woman will have a hard time being taken seriously. It's an awful name.
Black_X  5/10/2010
I think it's hilarious that people are saying Barbies give little girls unreal expectations about women. I couldn't have cared less that her proportions are unrealistic. I played with Barbies probably every day when I was little. But simply because they were fun. No crazy idea here.
Liesl  11/18/2010
I once knew a woman whose real name was Barbie. She was a wonderful person, but every time I seen her I couldn't stop thinking about the doll. I hate that the name has been stigmatized because it really is kind of cute for a little girl or teenager.
GibsonGirl  8/21/2011
One of my closest friends is a Barbie, she was named Barbara after her grandmother but to identify both of them she has always been Barbie. The only person that ever teased her was her ex husband, and trust me she is from a redneck/hillbilly area. She works for a law firm and only the most narrow minded and insecure women she meets have any trouble taking her seriously.
Cuss10  2/12/2012
I love the name Barbie! It's pretty, vintage and cute. And yes, I did play with Barbie dolls when I was little but my opinion of this name is positive regardless. :)
― Anonymous User  10/25/2014
If you are actually looking to name your child after a doll, perhaps Kelly would be slightly better (and cuter). Or Polly. Plus, there are many other dolls, such as the American Girl Dolls, that have genuinely pretty names.
― Anonymous User  11/23/2015
Please, whatever you do, DO NOT name your kid after those stupid, airheaded Barbie dolls. I mean, come on, Barbie says that math class is tough and the dolls give girls unrealistic expectations (i.e. sexist ones).
TyrannosaurusRegina  2/16/2016
Given to 23 girls in America in 2014.
cutenose  2/29/2016
The name Barbie was given to 32 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/17/2016
I don't understand why anyone would name their child this, unless the parents want their kid to be like a Barbie or made fun of, this name shouldn't be used. Seriously, someone named Barbie would be teased endlessly, people could compare to the doll or sing 'Barbie Girl' to her, which isn't nice for the poor kid. Sorry if I have offended anyone but I feel this is a bad name to say the least.
― Anonymous User  7/23/2016
I know a girl called Barbara. Mean girls at school always call her Barbie only because she's thin and has big boobs. I feel for her. If I ever have a daughter, I won't call her Barbie because of that.
― Anonymous User  10/19/2016
This girl will probably get beaten up. Everyone will think of the doll, and then there's the song 'Barbie Girl' - after all, the song describes Barbie as "a blonde bimbo girl in a fantasy world".
Acajou  9/17/2017
I've never thought of Barbie when I heard the name Barbara.
Luvbug86  3/23/2018

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