Barney was first created in 1987 by a woman named Sheryl Leach, who was looking for a way to entertain her then 2 year old son, Patrick. Another key Barney creator, Kathy Parker, also helped on the idea. She was the one to come up with a teddy bear for a character, since Kathy's daughter had a stuffed teddy bear. However, Patrick was facinated by a dinosaur exhibit at a museum, so they made the character a dinosaur, but on the condition that he was not to appear menacing. So, he was colored purple to appeal to both genders and named Barney.
- Since Barney in Concert, Barney has been a magenta color technically. Since then he has changed his appearance slightly and gotten a lighter magenta color over time. Despite this, his color is only claimed as purple by HIT Entertainment.
- Some concept names for Barney were Cosby, Colby, and Danny.