Meaning and Origin of: Barbara

Girl name origins & meanings

  • Latin : Foreign, strange

Family name origins & meanings

  • Italian, Spanish and Portuguese (Bárbara), and English : from the female personal name Barbara, which was borne by a popular saint, who according to legend was imprisoned in a tower and later put to death by her own father for refusing to recant her Christian beliefs. The name comes from a feminine form of Latinbarbarus, Greek barbaros ‘foreign(er)’ (originally an onomatopoeic word formed in imitation of the unintelligible babbling of non-Greeks).
  • Catalan (Barbarà) : variant ofBarbera.

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