Barbara Simmons in the US

  1. #11,424 Marion Williams
  2. #11,425 Michael Sharp
  3. #11,426 Rosa Chavez
  4. #11,427 Alice Anderson
  5. #11,428 Barbara Simmons
  6. #11,429 Dale Martin
  7. #11,430 Michael Cain
  8. #11,431 Thomas Simpson
  9. #11,432 Brian Myers
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Meaning & Origins

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.
18th in the U.S.
English (southern): patronymic either from the personal name Simon (see Simon) or, as Reaney and Wilson suggest, from the medieval personal name Simund (composed of Old Norse sig ‘victory’ + mundr ‘protection’), which after the Norman Conquest was taken as an equivalent Simon, with the result that the two names became confused.
103rd in the U.S.

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