Origin of the name BARBARY.
Etymology of the name BARBARY.
Meaning of the baby name BARBARY.


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, 1905)

Barbary.  St. 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)


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