Given Name BARNABAS

GENDER: Masculine
OTHER SCRIPTS: Βαρναβας (Ancient Greek)
PRONOUNCED: BAR-na-bas (German), BAHR-nə-bəs (English)   [details]

Meaning & History

Greek form of an Aramaic name. In Acts in the New Testament the byname Barnabas was given to a man named Joseph, a Jew from Cyprus who was a companion of Paul on his missionary journeys. The original Aramaic form is unattested, but it may be from בּר נביא (bar naviya') meaning "son of the prophet", though in Acts 4:36 it is claimed that the name means "son of encouragement". As an English name, it came into occasional use after the 12th century.

Categories

athletes, biblical, Orthodox Saints, rare English names, rare German, saints, uncertain etymology
VARIANT: Barnaby (English)
DIMINUTIVE: Barney (English)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Barnabé (French), Barnabás, Barna (Hungarian), Varnava (Russian)
SAME SPELLING: Barnabás
USER SUBMISSION: Barnabáš