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GenderFeminine & Masculine
UsageEnglish
PronouncedPron.BEV-ər-lee
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Meaning & History

From a surname which was originally derived from the name of an English city, itself meaning "beaver stream" in Old English. It came into use as a masculine given name in the 19th century, and it became common as an American feminine name after the publication of George Barr McCutcheon's novel 'Beverly of Graustark' (1904).
VariantBeverley
DiminutiveBev

Sources & References

  • Cleveland Kent Evans, The Great Big Book of Baby Names (2006)

Categories

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Entry updated October 20, 2016   Contribute