Barbara Wright in the US

  1. #2,628 Frank Brown
  2. #2,629 Michael Schmidt
  3. #2,630 Mary Coleman
  4. #2,631 Michael Hamilton
  5. #2,632 Barbara Wright
  6. #2,633 Mary Fisher
  7. #2,634 Oscar Martinez
  8. #2,635 Donald Hall
  9. #2,636 Lynn Johnson
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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, Scottish, and northern Irish: occupational name for a maker of machinery, mostly in wood, of any of a wide range of kinds, from Old English wyrhta, wryhta ‘craftsman’ (a derivative of wyrcan ‘to work or make’). The term is found in various combinations (for example, Cartwright and Wainwright), but when used in isolation it generally referred to a builder of windmills or watermills.
33rd in the U.S.

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