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[bahr-bruh, -ber-uh] /ˈbɑr brə, -bər ə/
a female given name: from a Greek word meaning “foreign, exotic.”. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "Everybody to her taste," replied Barbara curtly, shrugging her shoulders.

  • Barbara resisted them with much wild shrieking, but I submitted in silence.

    Margaret Tudor Annie T. Colcock
  • Barbara could not truthfully say that her love had begun so early.

    The Shadow of the Czar John R. Carling
  • "Thank you, dear Dame, for your kind nursing," I said to Barbara.

    Margaret Tudor Annie T. Colcock
  • All this care, and love, and tenderness belonged now of right to Barbara, and were given to her.

    East Lynne Mrs. Henry Wood
Word Origin and History for Barbara

fem. proper name, from Latin, fem. of barbarus "strange, foreign, barbarous," from Greek barbaros (see barbarian). For women, unlike men, the concept of "alien" presumably could be felt as "exotic" and thus make an appealing name. Popularized as a Christian name by the legend of Saint Barbara, early 4c. martyr, whose cult was popular from 7c. The common Middle English form was Barbary. A top 10 name in popularity for girls born in the U.S. between 1927 and 1958.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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