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Baby Name Barbara

Meaning of Barbara - What does the name Barbara means?
Gender: Girl Name
Origin: French
Name Meaning: A borrowing from the Latin, Barbara (foreign woman) is derived from barbarus (foreign, strange), a term applied to non-Romans or those deemed to be uncivilized. The name was borne by an early Christian martyr of uncertain date. Legend states she was a girl of great beauty who was shut in a tower to protect her from the attentions of many suitors. After he learned that she had become a Christian, she was murdered by her father, who was immediately struck by lightning and reduced to ashes. Barbara, one of the most popular saints in the Catholic calendar, is regarded as the patron saint of architects, stonemasons, gunners, artillery companies, and firework makers
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Shortened forms: Barbe.
Pet forms: Babette
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