Aramaic, B names, Kin/Family, Male, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes


Barnabas is the Greek form of an Aramaic name of uncertain meaning though it could mean “son of the prophet” or “prophet’s son”, made up from Aramaic bar (son) and nebi “prophet”, or “son of encouragement”. Barnabas is also a surname originating from the given name.

Nicknames: Barney

Origin: Aramaic



  • Barnaby (English)
  • Barnabus (Greek, English)
  • Barnabás (Hungarian)
  • Varnava (Russian, Old Church Slavic)
  • Barnabé (French)
  • Barnabáš (Czech)


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