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BarbaraJane's Journal - January 15 - My Name Means . . .

Posted by on Jan. 15, 2012 at 9:33 PM
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Barbara

B is for Bonkers
A is for Alluring
R is for Radical
B is for Bewitching
A is for Amazing
R is for Refreshing
A is for Amorous

Over and above the ANAGRAM of my name listed above, I did some research about the origin of my name.  I have always known that the meaning of my name is STRANGER or FOREIGNER or STRANGE ONE IN A FOREIGN LAND.  I learned tonight, however, that  it also applies to one who does not speak Greek.  I guess this is because the name originates in Greece.  This reference is strangely ironic because though I do not speak Greek literally, many times when I explain things to my employees, they look at me as if I am speaking Greek.  (And they often then react by not adhering to my words of wisdom on the grounds of not understanding the command.) Ha! Ha!

I have known for many many years about the legend of St. Barbara who was stunningly beautiful.  She was martyred by her own wicked father because she refused to marry him.  She is the patron saint of architects and stone masons because she convinced them to add a third window in the bath house they were building for her father.  She wanted three windows to symbolize the trinity.  She is the patron saint of fire and lightning because after her father beheaded her on the mountain, he was struck by lightning on his way back down the mountainside.  This is thought to be God's punishment for his wicked barbarianism. 

The anagram of my name fits me aptly.  I am Bonkers.  I am Alluring.  I am (very) Radical.  I am Bewitching.  I am (of course) Amazing.  I am Refreshing (but not in the douche sense Ha! Ha!). I am Amorous.

There are 53 variants of my name.  They are listed below: 

Bab, Baba, Babara, Babb, Babbett, Babbette, Babbie, Babe,Babett, Babette, Babita, Babs, 

Baibin, Barabara, Barb, Barbar, Barbarella, Barbarit, Barbarita,Barbeeleen, Barbel, Barbera, Barbette,

 Barbey, Barbi, Barbie, Barbora, Barbra, Barbro, Barby,Barra, Basha, Basia, Baubie, Bauby, Beba, Bebe,

 Berbera, Berberia, Berberya, Berbya, Bibi,Bobbe, Bobbee, Bobbi, Bobbie, Bobby, Bonni, Bonnie, Bonny, 

Borbala, Varvara and Varina

(Not sure where those two that begin with V came from!)

Some famous Barbara's are:

Barbara Eden, who played Jeanie in I Dream Of Jeanie

Barbara Feldon, who played Agent 99 in Get Smart

Barbara Billingsly, who played June Cleaver in Leave It To Beaver

Barbara Bush, First Lady and wife of George Bush

Barbara Stanwick, actress

Barbara Mandrell, country music singer and phenomenal musician

Barbara Cartland , romance writer

Barbara Walters, most famous interviewer of all time (although I think she prefers to refer to herself as a journalis)

Barbara Bain, actress

And last, but certainly not least: Barbra Striesand (who almost did not make the list because she spells it WRONG!)

Apparently Barbara is still a fairly popular name in places like Hungary, Chile and Slovenia.   It is also popular in the Czech Repulic and Georgia (the country not the state).  Here in the United States it is steadily dropping in popularity.  It was in third place in the 1930's but dropped all the way down to 757th place in 2008.  However, in 2009 it made a slight upswing back up to 656th place. 

In my little corner of the world, there are not many Barbara's left at all.  And I think I kind of like that.  I like that it is rather unique. .. . like me!

Here is my favorite poem about Barbara.  It is also a folk song that I used to sing to my babies when they were infants (especially to my daughter who shares this beautiful and unique name)  There are many version to this poem and many variations of the name and spelling.  This is my favorite.

Barb'ry Ellen

 

All in the merry month of May

When the green buds they were a'swellin'

Young William Green, on his deathbed lay

For the love of Barb'ry Ellen

 

He sent his servant to the town

To the town where she was dwellin'

Sayin' "Master's sick and he calls for you

If your name be Barb'ry Ellen

 

So slowly slowly she got up

And slowly she came a'nigh him

And all she said when she got there

Was "Young man I b'lieve you're dyin'"

 

"Oh yes, I'm low. I am very low

And death is on me dwellin'

No better, no better I'll ever be

If I can't have Barb'ry Ellen."

 

"Oh yes you're low and very low

And death is on you dwellin'

No better, no better you'll ever be

For you can't have Barb'ry Ellen.

 

"For don't you remember in yonder's town

In yonder's town a drinkin'

You passed your glass to the ladies all around

But you slighted Barb'ry Ellen."

 

"Oh yes I remember in yonder's town

In yonder's town a drinkin'

I gave good health to the ladies all around

But my heart to Barb'ry Ellen."

 

He turned his pale face to the wall

For death was on him dwellin'

"Adieu adieu you good neighbors all,

Adieu Sweet Barb'ry Ellen."

 

As she was goin' across the field

She heard that death bell a'nellin'

And every toll that the death bell gave

Hard hearted Barb'ry Ellen.

 

"Oh mother, oh mother go make my bed

Go make it both long and narrow.

Young William's died for me today

And I'll die for him tomorrow."

 

They buried her near the old church tower

And he was buried a'nigh her

Out of William's grave grew a red red rose

Out of Barb'ry's grew a green briar

 

They grew and grew up the old church tower

Till they could grow no higher

They wrapped and tied in a true lover's knot

Red rose wrapped around the green briar.

 

 



by on Jan. 15, 2012 at 9:33 PM
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BarbaraJane
by on Jan. 15, 2012 at 9:33 PM

I am willing to bet I get the prize for LONGEST post about my own name!  LOL

midnghtsprnkle
by on Jan. 15, 2012 at 11:44 PM
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Wow, you really do know your name.lol

mp3mom
by Cherrie on Jan. 16, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Yep, you win! Lol! You are certainly thorough. Interesting.

Quoting BarbaraJane:

I am willing to bet I get the prize for LONGEST post about my own name!  LOL


BarbaraJane
by on Jan. 16, 2012 at 3:15 PM
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Quoting mp3mom:

Yep, you win! Lol! You are certainly thorough. Interesting.

Quoting BarbaraJane:

I am willing to bet I get the prize for LONGEST post about my own name!  LOL


There is no T in my name, but if there was, I am sure it would stand for THOROUGH.  hahaha

_Tam_
by Tam on Jan. 17, 2012 at 2:55 PM
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I have memories of Pete Seeger singing that song.

brieri
by on Jan. 17, 2012 at 4:12 PM

 lol.  Barbara you are one hilarious girl!  What you comin with next?   

Quoting BarbaraJane:

 

Quoting mp3mom:

Yep, you win! Lol! You are certainly thorough. Interesting.

Quoting BarbaraJane:

I am willing to bet I get the prize for LONGEST post about my own name!  LOL


There is no T in my name, but if there was, I am sure it would stand for THOROUGH.  hahaha

 

BarbaraJane
by on Jan. 17, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Oh Brieri, you never know what is next from me!  LOL


Quoting brieri:

 lol.  Barbara you are one hilarious girl!  What you comin with next?   

Quoting BarbaraJane:


Quoting mp3mom:

Yep, you win! Lol! You are certainly thorough. Interesting.

Quoting BarbaraJane:

I am willing to bet I get the prize for LONGEST post about my own name!  LOL


There is no T in my name, but if there was, I am sure it would stand for THOROUGH.  hahaha

 


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