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  1. #298,443 Barbara Kearns
  2. #298,444 Barbara Knott
  3. #298,445 Barbara Main
  4. #298,446 Barbara Naylor
  5. #298,447 Barbara Nye
  6. #298,448 Barbara Power
  7. #298,449 Barbara Reardon
  8. #298,450 Barbara Staley
  9. #298,451 Barbara Stovall
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From Latin, meaning ‘foreign woman’ (a feminine form of barbarus ‘foreign’, from Greek, referring originally to the unintelligible chatter of foreigners, which sounded to the Greek ear like no more than bar-bar). St Barbara has always been one of the most popular saints in the calendar, although there is some doubt whether she ever actually existed. According to legend, she was imprisoned in a tower and later murdered by her father, who was then struck down by a bolt of lightning. Accordingly, she is the patron of architects, stonemasons, and fortifications, and of firework makers, artillerymen, and gunpowder magazines.
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English (southeastern): topographic name arising from a misdivision of Middle English atten (e)ye which means either ‘at the river’ or ‘at the island’, from Old English ēa ‘river’ and ēg ‘island’ respectively. Both these words were feminine in Old English, and so should have been preceded only by Middle English atter (see Rye), but distinctions of gender ceased to be carefully maintained in the Middle English period.
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