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Barnaby is both a masculine given name and a surname. As a given name, it means "son of consolation" and is etymologically linked with the New Testament name Barnabas.[1]


Given name[edit]


Fictional characters[edit]

  • Barnaby, a character created and portrayed by children's television personality Linn Sheldon (1919-2006), in Barnaby & Me (1956–1990, Cleveland, Ohio)
  • Barnaby, vampire in the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series of erotic fantasy-horror novels by Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Barnaby, merman character played by Scott Michaelson in Sabrina, Down Under (1999)
  • "Barnaby Bear", the English name given to Colargol, the 1970s Franco-Polish children's character when the show was broadcast by the BBC
  • "Barnaby Bear", the English name for Rasmus Klump, a Danish comic strip
  • a title character of Becky and Barnaby Bear, a BBC CBeebies television series
  • Barnaby Brooks Jr., one of the main protagonist in the Japanese anime Tiger & Bunny (2011)
  • Dr. Barnaby Fulton, a main character in the film Monkey Business (1952), played by Cary Grant
  • Barnaby Gaitlin, narrator of A Patchwork Planet (1998) by Anne Tyler
  • the title character of Barnaby Grimes, series of children's books by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell
  • the title character of Barnaby Jones, television detective series (1973-1980), played by Buddy Ebsen
  • Barnaby Littlemouse, character created by English children's writer and illustrator Racey Helps (1913–1970)
  • Barnaby Pierce, in the television movie Coast to Coast (2003), played by Richard Dreyfuss
  • Barnaby Ross, pseudonym used by creators of Ellery Queen
  • the title character of Charles Dickens' novel Barnaby Rudge
  • Barnaby Tucker, character in Hello Dolly! (1969)
  • Barnaby Tucker, character in the play The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder
  • Barnaby West, character on Wagon Train, played by Michael Burns
  • the title character of Sir Barnaby Whig, a Restoration comedy play by Sir Thomas d'Urfey
  • Cousin Barnaby, in the Meadowsweet, by Baroness Emma Orczy (1865-1947)
  • the protagonist of the Widow Barnaby trilogy of novels by Frances Trollope
  • the title character of Drunken Barnaby's Four Journeys to the North of England, poems by Richard Braithwaite (1588-1673)
  • the protagonist of the Alexandra Barnaby series of novels by Janet Evanovich (born 1943)
  • Dr. Russell Barnaby, evil geneticist in Dead Rising, a 2006 video game
  • Silas Barnaby, in the 1934 film version of Babes in Toyland
  • Tom Barnaby, a detective in the novels and British television series Midsomer Murders
  • Uncle Barnaby, character in the 1903 operetta Babes in Toyland
  • Barnaby, a strongman who appears occasionally on the Family Guy animated television series
  • Barnaby (comics), a comic strip by Crockett Johnson starring Barnaby Baxter
  • Barnaby (comics Tintin), in The Adventures of Tintin by Hergé