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a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “son of exhortation.”.
Contemporary Examples

Barnaby Jack could kill a man by computer from 30 feet away, but he never would.
The Good Hacker: Barnaby Jack Dies Brandy Zadrozny July 25, 2013

Barnaby Rudge This novel, his fifth, had several false starts and passed through the hands of a number of publishers.
Book Bag: Actor Simon Callow’s Favorite Dickens Novels Simon Callow September 24, 2012

“The life and work of Barnaby Jack are legendary and irreplaceable,” it said.
Death of Hero Hacker Barnaby Jack Ruled a Drug Overdose Brandy Zadrozny January 3, 2014

He could make ATMs spit out cash on demand and kill a man with just a computer, but Barnaby Jack used his powers only for good.
The Good Hacker: Barnaby Jack Dies Brandy Zadrozny July 25, 2013

CEO Barnaby Montgomery said his business caters to millennials, or “millennial-minded customers.”
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Historical Examples

I have told Barnaby, who will not believe in our good fortune.’
For Faith and Freedom Walter Besant

But Barnaby, who was by this fairly set agoing, could not now stop himself.
Howard Pyle’s Book of Pirates Howard Pyle

Of late, Captain Barnaby, we seem to have taken to visiting each other rather frequently, don’t you think?
The Best Short Stories of 1920 Various

All this Barnaby saw with his first clear consciousness after his swoon.
Howard Pyle’s Book of Pirates Howard Pyle

It has certainly no more relation to the companion of St. Paul than to drunken Barnaby, though some have supposed it has.
Notes & Queries, No. 9, Saturday, December 29, 1849 Various


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