Origin of the name BARBARY.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name BARBARY.
Old English name derived from Greek Barbaros,
meaning "stranger." This is the true Old English form
of Barbara. It appears in all the
un-Latinized pedigrees and
registers. (A History of Christian Names, Yonge, 1884)
... Barbary was the name of Richard
II.'s favourite roan mare; and a Barbary mare has come to be a name for
a certain class of small mares...
"O, how it
yearn'd my heart when it beheld
In London streets, that coronation day,
When Bolingbroke rode on roan Barbary,
That horse that thou so often hast bestrid,
That horse that I so carefully have dress'd"! (A Groom.)
"Rode he on
Barbary"? (King Richard.) SHAKESPEARE, Richard II.,
Act V. Sc. v.
(Girls' Christian Names, Swan,
Barbary, the patron saint of arsenals and powder magazines. Her
father delivered her up to Martian, governor of Nicomedia, for being a
Christian. After she had been subjected to the most cruel
tortures, her unnatural father was about to strike off her head, when a
lightning flash laid him dead at her feet. Hence, those who invoke
saints select St. Barbary in thunderstorms. (Dictionary of Phrase &
Fable, Brewer, 1900)