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The Spanish "Linda" means beautiful, as well as the French "Belle" (also like the Italian Bella).
-- xbelindabillyx  8/15/2005
This name Belinda IS MORE than the meaning or history of the name... the name IS A BEAUTIFUL word to me! Only ONE Belinda in my life and that IS my wonderful little sister!
-- anaid  10/11/2005
I like spelling Belinda as Belle-Lynda.
-- Anonymous User  12/6/2005
Belinda Carlyle was a pop singer of the 80's and 90's.
-- breakofday  12/9/2005
I have a friend named Belinda, and I think her name is ugly.
-- Anonymous User  3/5/2006
The name is most likely a combination of "bella" and "linda", the latter being of Spanish origin, the former of Latin. Alternatively (however unlikely) "bellum" (Latin: "war") may be the first root word.
-- antiquitas  4/17/2006
I love this name. With the popularity of Isabella and Isabelle with the nickname Belle, I am surprised this name isn't used more. Belle would be a great nickname for this name.
-- Anonymous User  4/25/2006
Belinda is a very beautiful name. Easy to grow up with and not a fad name. I like the nickname Belle for it.
-- Anonymous User  7/7/2006
I utterly loathe this name because it reminds me of something, well, bovine - yuck! It's nauseating, antediluvian, and not lady-like at all! I have a morbid reaction to see this name come back into style. The only thing that can be worse would have to be Belinda dragging along Bobby, Stacy, Tracy, Shaniqua, Teniqua, Wendy, Debra and Linda back into the spotlight of the Popularity Charts!
-- Starla-Marie_1993  8/3/2006
I have mixed feelings about this name. It is sort of boring, kind of ugly, and rather old-fashioned. On the other hand, the meaning of 'beautiful' is a bit enticing. However, I would be perfectly fine with this name becoming popular, because I hate it when my favorite names top the popularity charts.
-- Anonymous User  8/15/2006
I really, really hate this name. It is awful.
-- O Maoileoin  9/13/2006
Belinda was used more in the 1960's.
-- Anonymous User  9/19/2006
Belinda is a beautiful elegant name.
-- Anonymous User  10/9/2006
This is an ok name. I don't really like the sound of the B, it has a coarse ring to it. I prefer Melinda.
-- YMPvt  3/8/2007
If Linda means beautiful in Spanish, then could the name Belinda mean "Be Beautiful"? I asked my friend who's name is Belinda and she said her parents named her Belinda for the saying "Be beautiful". Just a thought. I'm not 100% sure. :)
-- fa3ri3ash  3/23/2007
In a word, no. The name Belinda predates 'Linda' (and the Spanish 'linda' 'beautiful' was certainly not combined with the English 'be'!) Belinda's origin is uncertain, but it arose during a fad for names ending in '-inda, ' so 'linda' probably wasn't part of its origin. Most probably, the prefix 'bel' meaning beautiful in Latinate languages was added to this '-inda' suffix by a 16th century writer.
-- Anonymous User  6/3/2007
I love Belinda. At first I thought it was a really stuffy, frumpy name, but now I love it. It seems more youthful and pretty to me. It puts me in mind of someone really graceful and lovely. I like the nickname "Bee" for it.
-- FuschiaNicole  4/7/2007
If you have looked down the Barbie doll aisle in the last few years you may have noticed that their is a child doll named Belinda. She kind of looks like the Kelly doll but with dark hair. That's what I think of when I think Belinda. I also think that 'Bee' is an adorable nickname for it!
-- HappyIguana  5/11/2007
Wow, I'm surprised so many people dislike this name. I always thought it was very beautiful. I still do. It conjures up images in my mind of a young woman with long dark hair and beautiful brown eyes.
-- Anonymous User  5/21/2007
Belinda (born Belinda Peregrin Schull) is a Mexican (but Spanish born) singer and soap actress.
-- 6diablesse6  6/27/2007
I prefer it to Linda alone, but the name makes me think of mean high school girls from the 80s. It sounds a bit like the name of an airhead, I'm not sure why. Somehow it has the air of a rather superficial and vapid girl or woman.
-- slight night shiver  5/16/2008
Correct pronunciation is BEL-lin-da with emphasis is on 'BEL' as in BELLE. Also other pronunciation is bey-LIN-dah.
-- duchess  1/28/2009
The name appears in history, as follows:

1688 - Dido's sister in 'Dido and Aeneas' an English Opera, and England's oldest Opera written by composer Henry Purcell (b.1659 – d.1695), with libretto by Irish poet, hymnist, and lyricist, who became England's poet laureate in 1692, Nahum Tate (b.1652 Ireland-d.1715). Tate replaced Dido's sisters name of Anna to Belinda for the Opera. The opera's first recorded performance was in 1689 at a Chelsea girls school, though it is presumed to have been performed prior.

'Dido and Aenea' is based on a story from the fourth book of Virgil's Aeneid, of the legendary Queen of Carthage Dido and the Trojan refugee Aeneas.

The opening aria "Ah, Belinda, I am press'd with torment"

1697 - The name Belinda was used by Sir John Vanbrugh (b.1664-d.1726) for a character in his comedy The Provok'd Wife.

1710 - Belinda appeared as a character in play 'The Man's Bewitched', by female playright Susanna Centlivre (b.1667 Ireland-d.1723).

1712 - Belinda is the heroine from the work 'The Rape of the Lock' by Alexander Pope.

1714 - Belinda featured in Richard Steele's collection of poems 'Poetical Miscellanies', that has been accredited to female English poet Anne Finch (b.1661–d.1720)

1801 - 'Belinda' the novel by Maria Edgeworth (1767-1849).

In Italian literature it is the name ascribed to the wife of Orlando, vassal of Charlemagne, but this use is not supported in Germanic sources.
-- duchess  1/28/2009
Earliest records of the name

1598 - Belinda Ann MASTERSON. Born in 1598 in Scotton, York, England. Belinda died on Mar 06 1654 in Plymouth, Plymouth, MA, USA; she was 56
http://www.rayjennings.com/id9.html

1659 - Belinda Fuller, b. 1659 at Colonial Virginia, Colonial America
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~vanhornfamily/Martiau_Descendants_6_Gen.pdf
-- duchess  1/28/2009
I don't really like this name. But if you're stuck with it you can go by Billie which is cute.
-- Anonymous User  3/31/2009
I never, ever liked this name before. But I'm really liking it today for a middle name. It spices up a name.
-- silly_rabbit  3/20/2010
YUCK I hate this name! It's so irritating! The way it sounds, so rough and ugly. No offense to anyone with this name :)
-- Anonymous User  3/25/2010
This is such a beautiful name, one that is both modern yet rare, as not many Belinda's around. I like it as it is an old name with history, one to keep.
RE: Those awful comments above are simply JEALOUS of such a lovely name. Shame such viciousness on this interesting website.
-- Anonymous User  7/8/2010
This name makes me think of "The Muppet Christmas Carol" when Mrs. Cratchet (Miss Piggy) kept confusing her twin daughters Bettina and Belinda. XD
-- Liesl  10/11/2010
I can't hear this name without thinking of bellies. Don't like it at all.
-- Chrila96  12/18/2010
I just think of a big, dumb animal.
-- vomiting  2/6/2011
Bilinda Butcher is the guitarist and vocalist for the seminal shoegaze band My Bloody Valentine.
-- mymymetrocard  5/7/2011
Belinda probably means (shield) of lindenwood or limewood. In German and Dutch linde is the translation of limetree or lindentree.
-- Kaat5  5/8/2011
Belinda Peregrín, born 1989, a Spanish-born Mexican singer and actress, participated in various telenovelas and also Disney's Cheetah Girls 2 as Marisol Duran.
-- RenatoDias  12/9/2011
If you want a good nickname with this name, I can give you a example, like I said in my last comment, Belinda Peregrín is commonly called Beli by her fans.
So, Beli would be a good nick if you happen to have this name.
Also, I think this name is cute, meant for a really cute girl.
-- RenatoDias  12/9/2011
I don't know why so many people think of it as a frumpy name...
Personally, I was surprised when I saw one of the possible meanings was "beautiful serpent" because that's kinda how I always thought of it. One of my favorite characters I've made has been a evil vampire queen named Belinda.
-- Amelia-Lauren  12/17/2011
Belinda Bauer is a British journalist and screenwriter. She has also written a novel: "Blacklands".
-- Anonymous User  6/21/2012
Aussie actress Belinda Emmett (1974-2006) - she was christened Belinda Jane and her nickname was Belle.

Aussie Belinda Green was Miss World 1972 - she was christened Belinda Roma.
-- Just Jonquil  8/6/2012
There is an erotic Lolita-esque Anne Rice novel called Belinda, focusing on the eponymous character and a 44 year old man.
-- AnastasiaE  9/30/2012
The name Belinda was given to 232 baby girls in the US in 2012.
-- Oohvintage  7/16/2013
Despite what most people think, I like this name. It's sweet, simple, quite pretty and very feminine. I like Linda as a nickname. I've also known a South African girl called Belindi.
-- Almonds  12/11/2013
This was one of my great grandmothers names she was born in 1856. I guess the name had some popularity at the time she was born in the mid west (Iowa) and from an Irish catholic family. I like the name as Belinda but not just plain Linda.
-- ginad511  1/8/2014

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