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Have you ever looked up to see what your name means? I did.

According to Namespedia, the meaning for Barbara is,

Meaning: From the Greek “barbaros” meaning foreign or strange, traveler from a foreign land.

Nicknames: Babette, Barb, Barbar, Barbie, Bebe, Bibi and Babs

Narrative: This word was originally used to describe anyone who did not speak Greek. It might have originated as an approximation of unintelligible babble, similar in use to the modern American expression blah-blah-blah.

This leads me to two not so new bloggers who are also named Barbara whom I am showcasing for the week.

The first is Barbara Ling.

To describe what she does, I’ll quote from her “About Me” page,

My name is Barbara Ling, and I’ve been a passionate online entrepreneur now for over a decade. Married over 15 years, a mom of 4 kids and 15 Twitter Budgies, I’m the author of 20+ ebooks, master site builder and blogger, teacher of my children and all-around zany, coffee-appreciating, maverick, all-powerful Mother Unit.

Whew. She’s a busy lady, isn’t she.

She goes on to say,

Here’s what you’ll get out of my site!

Every day I publish fresh, unique content regarding all aspects of making money online that generally focuses upon techniques I have personally put into practice myself. Sometimes I’ll offer step-by-step lessons on how to build in particular niches, other times I’ll keep you posted about kid entrepreneuring (my eldest finally realized that gee! Mom IS serious that she won’t buy me an iPod….maybe I should earn the money myself!), other times I’ll share with you personal empowerment challenges through which I’ve gone that are reminiscent of raising the Titanic….no matter what, you’ll always find the content insightful, informational and entertaining to boot!

How can you resist checking out her blog at Barbara Ling.com

I’ve noticed she’s also writing for another brainchild of hers, Diet Brainery. Stop on by and see what she’s up to.

The second is Barbara Hartsook from Over Coffee, with a tag line of “…sharing thoughts and paintings, or just thoughts”.

This Barbara has had her blog since June of 2008 and to describe who she is, I’ll take you to her “About”” page. In part, she says,

Hi. I live in Northern Ohio near the Lake Erie shore with my husband, close to our three adult daughters, all married with children. I paint. I write. I exchange ideas with others of like-mind. And I’m in love with my family…

She then goes on to say…

Today I sketch to learn to see better, and I paint for story. Stories are everywhere and can be found just by looking. I’ve loved watching people for as long as I can remember. There’s drama in all of us, and it shows when we are not conscious of it, but simply living it. As artists we paint the stories that go beyond word

Having received awards and recognition for her paintings, when you check out her entries at Painter’s Magazine and P Base Galleries you’ll understand why.

So there you have it, two great blogs, both authored by ladies named Barbara.

I hope you enjoy them both. For me, they’re well worth showcasing.

Thank you again for your support


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P.S. Another great source for finding the origin of a surname is The Internet Surname Database


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  1. RibbonNo Gravatar says:

    G’day.. yes I know the origin and meaning of my name. It is ancient Greek. The “namespedia” sites good, it offers a lot of info.
    I’ve just had a delightful visit at “Over Coffee” and intend to visit again.
    I’m off now to see the other Barbara.

    Great recommendations. Thank you 🙂

    Best wishes Ribbon

    Ribbon´s last blog post..Museum illusions…

  2. Cath LawsonNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara – I did not know that was what your name meant. Catherine means pure.

    I know the first Barbara. I don’t know how she fits everything in – and she does karate too. And I’ll definitely be checking out the second Barbara.

  3. Sounds like 2 more good ones.

    I think the meaning of Barbara needs to be updated to “She who spreads blogging wisdom!”

    Jannie Funster´s last blog post..Technical woes

  4. Well thank you! First for defining our name — I learned it in Latin, where classmates loved to tease about my being a foreigner. Savage. Barbarian. I laughed along with them… as an artist and writer, I do sometimes feel like a foreigner in a strange land. 🙂

    And second for highlighting my blog, Over Coffee. I have changed my tag line from “sharing thoughts and paintings, or just thoughts” to “sharing thoughts through conversation.”

    I thank Liz Strauss for that tip in her book preview. She reminded me it’s not all about me, but about my readers. (My words, her premise.)

    I have just discovered Barbara Ling as well, and enjoy seeing her Tweets about family and fitness, as well as reading her blog, full of humor and tons of information pertinent to blogging. I learn from her and am inspired by her.

    Thank you, Barbara! 🙂
    Barb Hartsook

    Barb Hartsook @ Over Coffee´s last blog post..Dust is a Verb?

  5. PatriciaNo Gravatar says:

    I have just discovered Barbara – over Coffee and enjoy her blog very much, and will now discover the other Barbara’s blog…

    I am always indebted to your introductions oh Barbarian One –

    Have you seem Friar’s Viking Spring Cartoon…needs a Barbara for sure?!

    Patricia´s last blog post..A Cautionary Note

  6. Evelyn LimNo Gravatar says:

    What a great way to introduce other Barbaras! All Barbaras sound like they rock!!

    Evelyn Lim´s last blog post..Akashic Records Reveal DreamMaster

  7. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Ribbon – You’re welcome. I’m happy to hear you’ve already enjoyed one of the Barbaras.

    Hi Catherine – Yes, Barbara Ling is one busy gal. I don’t know how she does it all.

    Hi Jannie – You’re so sweet. 🙂

    Hi Barb – You’re very welcome. All of us Barbaras are getting to know each other well, aren’t we?

    Liz Strauss is a wise woman, isn’t she?

    Hi Patricia – Oh Barbarian One. 🙂 No I haven’t seen Friar’s Viking Spring Cartoon. I’ll have to check it out.

    HI Evelyn – Thank you. Evelyns rock too!!

  8. RobinNo Gravatar says:

    Barbara you are funny! Thanks for introducing two new Barbaras – I’ll be off to visit them.

    Robin´s last blog post..What If? The Movie, A Review

  9. Hi Barbara and welcome to the two new Barbara’s…I bet they also enjoyed learning about their names.

    I will head over to their sites and visit :~)

    I couldn’t resist looking up my name. What I learned made me giggle because I’m not sure I see myself this way. Here’s what “Sara” means… Pure, Princess, Lady!

    Thanks for introducing your fellow NAME sister:~)

    Sara B. Healy´s last blog post..An Exercise to Practice Positive Thinking

  10. CarolineNo Gravatar says:

    I think the name Barbara also means over achiever! Holy cow, you guys are amazing with all your blogs, tips, story writing…LOL. Looking forward to learning more from these great bloggers! Thanks Babs…

    Caroline´s last blog post..The angels among us

  11. Thank you so much for your comments, I truly appreciate them!

    Funny thing about the origins of the name Barbara – back when I was a kid, other kids (henceforth known as “pathetic life forms who made themselves feel better by teasing shy people like me) found it was defined as “Barbarian” and never let me forget it. I much prefer the definition you uncovered instead! 🙂

    We truly are defined by how we *choose* to be.

    Best wishes, Barbara

    Barbara Ling, Virtual Coach´s last blog post..2009 Animal Planet Hero of the Year!

  12. What a fun way to tie these two blogs together – by creating a mini “who’s who” of fabulous women named Barbara!

    As usual, you’ve found one I hadn’t found before (Barbara Harsbow).

    It appears that naming your daughter Barbara is one way to assure she’ll excel no matter what path she chooses!

    I’m convinced – but not enough to venture back into maternity wear again!:)

    Kathy | Virtual Impax´s last blog post..Please don’t make me explain this to you…

  13. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Robin – Enjoy!

    Hi Sara – That’s a pretty meaning, “Pure, Princess, Lady” for the name Sara.

    Hi Caroline – Haha, “Babs”. I used to have a teacher who called me that. Enjoy the other two Barbaras and thank you for the compliment. 🙂

    Hi Barbara – You’re welcome. Haha! Revenge is sweet. Do “they” know of your success? Now let’s see them call you a barbarian.

    Hi Kathy – Oh girl, you’re good for the ego. 🙂 Keep us posted if there will be a bambino on the way. Oh dear, what happens if it’s a boy?

  14. Silly GirlNo Gravatar says:

    I know the meaning of my name which is Jacqueline. My mother was 15 when she had me. She named me after Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. She said she thought a lot of her. I have always thought that was sweet. My mom was so young and scared but thinking ahead. My name means may God protect. I think maybe my mother was looking out for me in the future.