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.
VARIANT: Barnaby (English)
DIMINUTIVE: Barney (English)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Barnabé (French), Barnabás, Barna (Hungarian), Varnava (Russian)
SAME SPELLING: Barnabás
USER SUBMISSION: Barnabáš
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