- a female given name: from a Greek word meaning “foreign, exotic.”
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Contemporary Examples of barbara
He captures Ramone and his second wife, Barbara, together in the studio in one photo, him on bass, her on guitar.‘All Good Cretins Go to Heaven’: Dee Dee Ramone’s Twisted Punk Paintings
December 15, 2014
The lady who Goldberg is referring to is Barbara Bowman, one of the victims who agreed to testify in the 2006 case.The Bill Cosby Controversy Stages of Grief
November 18, 2014
Now when you Google “Bill Cosby,” you also come across Hannibal Buress, Barbara Bowman, Joan Tarshis, and maybe others.When Your Comic Hero Is an Alleged Rapist
November 18, 2014
My girlfriend, Barbara, came to visit me and exposed her breast through the window.
Hayes has stayed in contact with that very girlfriend, Barbara Belmont, and even spoke to her a week ago.
Historical Examples of barbara
Despite the cold, and her bruises, and her tears, Barbara smiled.
"I am Barbara, and I am going into the forest," said she, boldly.
"Here you are, my little Barbara," said the wind, in kindly tones.
"You will be warm now," said the vine, kissing Barbara's forehead.
Barbara heard them singing, and their song was about the prince who was to come on the morrow.
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.