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Meaning & History
A name of Germanic origin that has been so strongly abbreviated, that one can no longer tell with certainty what the original form and its meaning is. Some think that it may be a short form of a name containing the Germanic element badu "battle" (like Baderic), while others think that it is derived from the Germanic element barn "child" via its Middle English form babe. This name was borne by a saint from the 7th century AD.