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Gender Feminine & Masculine
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. BEHV-ər-lee
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Meaning & History

From a surname that 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).

Sources & References

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


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