The boy's name Barry \b(ar)-ry\
also used as girl's name(!),
is pronounced BARE-ee.

Barry is a very um, popular male first name and surname...


popularity trend for the boy's name Barry --source: 1990 U.S. Census

...although lately, not so much.

We need more Barry's! Wa-a-ay too many Joshua's and Jacob's out there.

 

But wait! There's more!

Barry is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and its meaning is "fair-haired". Anglicised form of the Irish Gaelic name Barra, from Bairre (Old Irish), a short form of "fionnbharr", meaning "fair-haired" (see also Finbar).

Also possibly from Bearach (Irish, Gaelic) "spear; sharp, pointed". Saint Bairre (seventh century) founded a monastery that became the city of Cork in Ireland.

Possibly influenced by the fame of Sir James Barrie, author of "Peter Pan". Baz and Bazza (Australian informal) are pet forms. Senator Barry M. Goldwater; film director Baz Lurhmann; singer Barry Manilow; baseball player Barry Bonds.

Barry has 9 variant forms:
Bari, Barree, Barrey, Barrie, Barrington, Baris, Baz, Bazz and Berry (see also related names Barnett and Barrett.)

 

RECAP
What Have We Learned About
Barry?

The Legend is apparently a fair haired Irishman
who writes fanciful tales about flying adolescents
and who is prone to tossing spears around in monasteries.

(Thank you, thank you very much.)

 

Um, interesting but who cares? Gimmee something else

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