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Quick Facts on Barrett

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 357
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Barrett

  • Communicative
  • Creative
  • Optimistic
  • Popular
  • Social
  • Dramatic
  • Happy

Etymology & Historical Origin - Barrett

Barrett is the transferred use of an English surname with a somewhat obscure origin. Most likely, Barrett is derived from the Middle English word “baret” which means “dispute” and probably originated as a medieval nickname for a quarrelsome, argumentative person. The surname also conjures up Syd Barrett, the tortured front man and founding member of one of the greatest rock bands ever: Pink Floyd. It also reminds us of the English Victorian poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning. In any case, Barrett is a surname-turned-first-name used primarily in the United States. The etymology of the name is lively and strong in our opinion. We ask you: who doesn't need a little "dispute" in their life?

Popularity of the Name Barrett

Barrett appeared on the American male naming charts briefly in the late 1880s but, for the most part, as a forename it was rare and unfamiliar. It wasn’t until 1954 that Barrett came back onto the charts and this time for good. Barrett showed some erratic behavior on the charts in the 50s, 60s, and 70s, but was generally growing in usage and showing a promising trajectory. Then in the 1980s and 90s, the name started to go out of style and looked as if he might retreat back into the shadows and fall off the American radar forever. Fortunately, the name has rebounded in the 21st century as he reverses his direction on the charts and is now returning to levels of low-moderate usage. Barrett is a strong-sounding masculine name, and we can’t help but to giggle over the etymology. Some people might find it negative, but we find it funny. A quarrelsome or argumentative person is not always a bad thing (and a good quality for future lawyers); but be may just get what you asked for.
Popularity of the Boy Name Barrett
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Barrett

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Barrett

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Barrett

    Barrett We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Barrett.

  • Popular Songs on Barrett

    Popular Songs on Barrett

    Barrett - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Barrett.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Barrett

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Barrett

    Barrett's Unusual Ice Cream Party (Michelle L. King) - "That will make you sick." This is one of the first phrases six-year-old Barrett learns because he has celiac sprue, which means he can't eat cake and bread or even drink milk. Barrett is embarrassed of how different he is from the other kids in his class...until a new kid who also has unusual allergies comes to school. At Barrett's Unusual Ice Cream Party, Barrett and his classmates learn that what makes them different makes them special. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    The Adventures of Grinn and Barrett (Angela Winegar) - I heard my human driving down the dirt road... As he got out of the truck and went to open the trailer, nothing could have prepared me for what I saw inside. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Barrett

    Famous People Named Barrett

    Famous People Named Barrett - Barrett Brooks (football player); Barrett Green (football player); Barrett Ruud (football player); Barrett Strong (musician)

  • Children of Famous People Named Barrett

    Children of Famous People Named Barrett

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Barrett - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Barrett.

  • Historic Figures

    Barrett - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Barrett - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Barrett.

Personality of the Boy Name Barrett

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Variations of the Baby Name - Barrett

  • No Variations Found.
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