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Gender Masculine
Scripts Βαρναβας(Ancient Greek)
Pronounced Pron. BAR-na-bas(German)
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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.
Other Languages & CulturesBarnabé(French) Barnabás, Barna(Hungarian) Barnaba(Italian) Barnaba(Polish) Varnava(Russian) Bernabé(Spanish)
Same SpellingBarnabás
User SubmissionBarnabáš


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