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GenderFeminine
UsageEnglish
PronouncedPron.bə-LIN-də
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Meaning & History

The meaning of this name is not known for certain. The first element could be related to Italian bella "beautiful". The second element could be Germanic lind meaning "flexible, soft, tender" (and by extension "snake, serpent"). This name first arose in the 17th century, and was subsequently used by Alexander Pope in his poem 'The Rape of the Lock' (1712).
DiminutiveBindy

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beauty, Charles Dickens characters, currently out of the US top 1000, literature, moons of Uranus, Most Popular Girls in School characters, True Blood characters, uncertain etymology, virtues
Entry updated May 31, 2018   Contribute