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Barnaby Name Meaning

English:: from the Middle English vernacular form of the Greek and Latin personal name Barnabas which was borne by the companion of St. Paul (Acts 36). This is of Aramaic origin from Aramaic bar naḅyā ‘son of the prophet’ although the Greek text of Acts 36 explains the name as hyios paraklēseōs ‘son of consolation’ or ‘encouragement’. habitational name from any of the four places: Barnaby in North Yorkshire Barnetby le Wold or Barnoldby le Beck (both in Lincolnshire) or Barnby in Suffolk. Barnaby in North Yorkshire is named with the Old English personal name Beornwald (composed of the elements beorn ‘young warrior’ + wald ‘rule’) + Old Norse ‘settlement farmstead’. Barnby in Suffolk is named with Old Norse barn ‘child offspring’ + meaning ‘children's farm’ perhaps for an estate divided by heirs.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Barney, Barnaba, Barna, Arney, Bagnall, Carby, Canby, Broady, Barbary

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Where is the Barnaby family from?

You can see how Barnaby families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Barnaby family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Barnaby families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 48 Barnaby families living in Nova Scotia. This was about 46% of all the recorded Barnaby's in Canada. Nova Scotia had the highest population of Barnaby families in 1911.
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What did your Barnaby ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Farmer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Barnaby. 44% of Barnaby men worked as a Farmer and 100% of Barnaby women worked as a Farmer. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Machinist
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
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There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Barnaby. For the veterans among your Barnaby ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Barnaby lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Barnaby life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1987. The average life expectancy for Barnaby in 1946 was 55, and 50 in 2004.

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