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My name is also Beverly, at first I don't feel like loving it and even created a name I like and wished to be my name "Kaenah" but then as I grew older and understood the meaning of my name I turned to kinda like it too, it's really a great name to have after all...
Kaenah.Jeon  11/20/2019
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According the howmanyofme.com, there are nineteen people in the U.S. named Beverly Beverly, two named Beverly Beverley and one named Beverley Beverly. There doesn't seem to be anyone named Beverley Beverley.
Kosta  11/7/2019
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My name is Beverly and so I naturally have looked it up many times. I am disappointed to see the meaning changed from "dweller at the beaver meadow" to "beaver stream." Look up the word, Beverly, in any dictionary and it will say "dweller at the beaver meadow." Why is this important? A beaver meadow is the most fertile soil! The name Beverly means prosperity; dweller at the most fertile soil! Why do you suppose they named the most famous rich neighborhood in America, Beverly Hills? Beaver meadows were hunted during the land rush of the 1800's because they meant prosperity to the land owner!

"When the flow of water in a stream is slowed by the beaver dam, soil and organic sediment carried in the water usually settle to the bottom of the beaver pond. When beaver subsequently abandon a locality, their dam eventually breaks and the pond drains leaving a large open space. A meadow usually grows on the nutrient-rich soils that once formed the bottom of the pond. These "beaver meadows" usually have more light penetration, higher soil moisture, more nitrogen and a different vegetation than the adjacent riparian forest." (Johnston et al. 1995; Wright et al. 2002).

Johnston CA, Naiman RJ (1990) Browse selection by beaver: effects on riparian forest composition. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 20: 1036-1043

Johnston CA, Pinay G, Arens C, Naiman RJ (1995) Influence of soil properties on the biogeochemistry of a beaver meadow hydrosequence. Soil Science Society of America Bulletin 59: 1789-1799

Wright JP, Jones CG, Flecker AS (2002) An ecosystem engineer, the beaver, increases species richness at the landscape scale. Oecologia 132: 96-101.
BeverlyBeverly  10/21/2019
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Beverly Marsh, character in the 1986 horror novel 'It' by Stephen King.

In the 2017 movie adaptation she was played by actress Sophia Lillis while in the 2019 sequel 'Chapter Two' an adult Beverly will be played by Jessica Chastain.
Felie  6/16/2019
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Beverly is a place name. It immediately makes me think of California, sun, luxury, people who can do whatever they want, parties, movies, wonderful houses, clothes, cars and objects.

Despite that those are not my favourite kind of associations and meanings, they are clear and lavish.

I would not use Beverly in real life anyway but... for a character or a pet? Of course!

After that I loved the characters of Beverly Penn (played by Jessica Brown Findlay in 'Winter's Tale) and Beverly Marsh (played by Sophia Lillis in 'It').
Felie  6/16/2019
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With the name Beverly there seems to be an obligation among friends to nickname me. I've been Bebo, Beevo, Beeverlee, Boogerly, and more.
Of course, when the TV show Beverly Hillbillies came out, I was just a kid and so got teased about that, too. And my last name also got tons of attention. It's strange in a way to get extra attention only because your name is different. As an adult now I get much less attention over the first name, and I even sometimes miss that!? Strange.
― Anonymous User  1/6/2019
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In the Bible it says everyone must pull his own weight... well I know seven Beverlys and all of us do... strong, single self supporting self employed women.
― Anonymous User  12/24/2018
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Some people name girls Beverly because in some places it means ambitious, but generally I've seen the ambitious definition only for males, while the definition of beaver meadow pertains to females. I'm okay with both! All the ones I know ARE AMBITIOUS. We stand strong.
And I'm proud to be a Beverly!
― Anonymous User  12/24/2018
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I love my name and get many compliments on it. It suits babies, children, middle aged and seniors... in other words everyone!
― Anonymous User  12/24/2018
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The beautiful wife of Chevy Chase in the NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION movies is a Beverly, as is the gorgeous and talented Bebe Nuewirth from the show Frazier, Broadway plays and several movies.
― Anonymous User  12/24/2018
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I love this name. It has a mystery and Grace to it. I am so lucky to have this name, because I nearly got the name Barbara instead, which has always sounded hard to me. Some of my boyfriends have told me how they like the soft sound of Beverly.
bevfromchitown  12/22/2018
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This is my mother's name. My grandma says she picked it because it was popular in 1959 and it started with a "B" like her sibling's names (Bradford and Barbara). She says if she knew it meant "beaver" she might have reconsidered, but they like it overall. Just because it's my mother's name I associate it as rather dated, but that's my opinion.
HailCthulhu  11/28/2018
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My name is Beverly (Denise). I'm 34 years old and have always felt like I had an "old-fashioned" name. Also, it seems every other Beverly I've ever met has always been an African American woman. I have never met another caucasian Beverly. I guess I should love the rarity of it. I just don't feel like it suits me... or that I look like a Beverly… or a beaver Meadow for that matter.
?  11/12/2018
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I like this name in full - it sounds elegant and graceful, but I dislike the nickname 'Bev'.
futuremother99  10/27/2018
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Not a fan. It's okay on both genders.
kayisforkeen  10/15/2018
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Beverly is such a tacky, childish, and a bit of a pretentious name. And your son will be embarrassed to have this name.
Luvbug86  9/5/2018
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An interesting spelling is BEVERLEIGH. There are many others... Beverley, Beverlee, Beverlie, Beverli, Beverley, Beverlea.
Also a rare derivative is BEVERLYN. I like that one, too, because it's different.
― Anonymous User  9/1/2018
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Someone here said they never met a Beverly that wasn't slow... I beg to differ. My name is Beverly and I have a higher IQ and a degree from a four year University.
I have known at least 7 Beverlys and I can say none are on the slow side.
On a side note, men like all the B names in general for women. Perhaps unconsciously, we are seen as bosomy, but not in a slutty way. I have researched this name and most men like it and see the bearer as sweet, loving and sexy. Many women like it, also, but less so than men and even less with the middle name of Ann. I like it as a stand alone type name, but then double first names just don't do it for me. Think BILLY BOB and BOBBIE SUE and that ilk... whatever.
Pizzalover7777  8/23/2018
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I have read that for a male named Beverly/Beverley the definition means AMBITIOUS... however, for a female, it means beaver meadow. HMMM
Methinks perhaps a bit of prejudicial thinking going on here a while back and someone writing a baby name book just made up the one.

After all, look at the name. Bever obviously comes from Beaver and the word Lea is still used for meadow, especially in the UK.
― Anonymous User  8/23/2018
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I love to research names. In my library there is a book about two feet thick that traces the history of names. Apparently first used for a surname between the 1200-1600s, it was spelled Beaver or Bever then a dash, then Leigh. Since LEA means meadow... Beaver meadow. It was also used commonly as a male given name... ever heard of George Beverley Shea? A great pianist.

On the female usage, it popped up in the 1890s and peaked around the 1930s. Btw, the comedienne May West had a sister named Beverly. Or is that spelled MAE West? Yep...
― Anonymous User  8/23/2018
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My name is Beverly. I have come to love it because it is rare, though in my small town there are about twenty of us... all seniors. I do not like the name used with Ann however. My mother didn't even give me a middle name because she said Ann or Sue would be too common.

In England it's a bit more common for a male than in the US. There is a member of the rock band ELO named BEV BEVAN, which is quite unique. For me though, I don't let anyone call me BEV. BEVERLY ages well... sounds both hard and soft, and somewhat dignified and graceful. Not over used like Michelle or Lisa from the 1960s and 70s, or further back, Kathy from the 1950s. Jmho... everyone has their preferences.
Pizzalover7777  8/23/2018
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Beverly Ann is my mother-in-law's name. She is the only person I've ever known with this name. She is a wonderful, kind, loving lady. She makes the name even more beautiful.
Graceful1  2/11/2018
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This is my grandmother's name. Very sweet and caring person, but putting that aside, I really like this name. It is very rare nowadays, as it was popular a long time ago.
― Anonymous User  1/14/2018
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My name is Beverly, middle name Kay. Some call me Bev. I love my name, it is unique. I was surprised to discover it was a surname and a male name.
― Anonymous User  1/3/2018
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I was named by my father in 1943. He said he named me for the city, Beverly Hills, because it was so beautiful and glamorous. Too funny.
meemaw  10/24/2017
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This is a great name that is both dignified and pretty. I would use the nickname Beevie when she is little.
kimbersu  8/16/2017
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My name is Beverly, middle name Ann (of course... lol). My nickname is Bebe and was delighted many years ago as a teenager to find out that Bebe Buell's name is in fact Beverle.
Bebe.Sin  5/14/2017
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Beverly Lynne Hubscher, better known plainly as Beverly Lynne is a Hollywood actress who is mainly showcased in erotic film. After attending Pennridge High School in Perkasie she went to college. She was a cheerleader in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1998 to 2000. During her time at college she appeared in Playboy's “Book of Lingerie” and her picture was printed on the cover of the cheerleading team's swimsuit-calendar. Later she went to Los Angeles to start working in the film business as actress. She began her acting career in The Zombie Chronicles in 2001 and soon had appearances in Holy Terror, Terror Tunes, MadTV and several commercials. Based on her various roles in this genre she started using the title “Queen of Late Nite”. Cinemax's TV show Hollywood Sexcapades featured her together with her husband. She also appeared in recurring roles on 7 Lives Xposed as Bess, Black Tie Nights as Candi and the 2007 here! Original series The Lair, playing "Laura".
cutenose  5/10/2017
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I like this name a lot, I have a cousin named Beverly. It sounds elegant and upper-class.
DundiculutNicholas  1/26/2017
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Beverly Johnson is an American model, actress, and businesswoman. She rose to fame when she became the first African-American model to appear on the cover of American Vogue in August 1974. In 1975, she became the first black woman to appear on the cover of the French edition of Elle. She was the star of the reality series Beverly's Full House on the Oprah Winfrey Network. The New York Times named Johnson one of the 20th century's most influential people in fashion.
cutenose  1/20/2017
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My name is Beverly Anne, and I got this name from my Grandfather! I am 19 and was born in 1997. He was named Beverly and I never thought of it as a man's name because I would always call my Grandfather, Granddad. I love my name so much! This has to do with him and also being referenced from the song Beverly Hills!
bevwentz  12/28/2016
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I was born in the mid fifties when many girls were being named Deborah, Linda, Janice etc. My mother wanted to name me after her sister, Sara and my father's mother wanted me to be named after her, Maude. So, she settled on Beverly. I like the fact that it's uncommon.
bevinthesip  8/25/2016
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The name Beverly was given to 151 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/13/2016
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I don't know why, but I've always thought this name had a sort of strange charm to it. It's not particularly pretty on females or strong on males, but it has a grace to it that I really like. Plus, Beverly Cleary was one of my favorite authors as a kid, so there's a positive association.
RoseTintsMyWorld  5/10/2016
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I am also a Beverley Ann! I didn`t really like my name when I was young but now I really like it... it is quite unusual, meaning `Beaver Meadow` which I think is pretty. I have only ever known one girl with the name Beverley... so come on Beverley`s... love your name :) I usually get called Bev or Bevie! I got called Beverley if I was in trouble!
Bevie  12/13/2015
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My name is Beverly Anne and I was born in 1959. I have ALWAYS hated my name. My mother has passed away and I regret never asking her why she named me Beverly. I think the name gets such a bad rap because of the 1960's show The Beverly Hillbillies! It gave much ammunition to kids poking fun in grade school. Prior to this show (I imagine), the name probably had an elegant air to it (Beverly Hills)! Unfortunately, nobody wants to be associated with "Jed and Granny Clampet"! Even when I was a kid, the name was viewed as belonging to somebody ancient!
Bevoco  11/9/2015
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I love the name Beverly for a girl! It's a really cute name that sounds great! :)
― Anonymous User  6/8/2015
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My mother's name is Beverly. She was born in 1955. I know she does not like that name. She made me promise to never name a daughter after her. She uses Bev because it's shorter, but she says people confuse it with Beth.

When I was younger I never liked her name. But now as an adult I think it is sophisticated and slightly unusual. Although I still wouldn't choose this name for a daughter even though I would love to honor my mother by passing down her name.
― Anonymous User  5/8/2015
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My father named me Beverly. Not sure why and I never really liked the name until the 2013 movie, Winter's Tale. Colin Farrell's pronunciation of "Beverly" is so beautiful. I love watching the movie just to hear him say the name.
― Anonymous User  11/20/2014
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Beverly Katz is a character on the television series "Hannibal."
hkols  11/2/2014
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In the novel "Winter's Tale" by Mark Helprin, Beverly Penn is the name of the young dying girl with whom the main character, Peter Lake, falls in love.
― Anonymous User  8/8/2013
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The name Beverly was given to 123 baby girls born in the US in 2012.
Oohvintage  7/17/2013
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When I hear the name "Beverly," I think of a spunky, fair-haired young girl.
Kinola  12/29/2011
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Beverly Donofrio wrote her autobiography entitled Riding In Cars With Boys that became a movie in which Drew Barrymore stars in.
Ryry1996  5/4/2011
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Bev (short for Beverly) Bevan was the drummer for Electric Light Orchestra. This is the only male I've heard of that has the first name Beverly.
jeannie.  2/4/2011
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I've only known one person named Beverly in my life. Otherwise, it makes me think of the character Beverly Harris from the tv show Roseanne. I don't particularly care for it. It's not feminine enough for a girl and it's not masculine enough for a boy.
IrishKisses  9/16/2010
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I LOVE this name. If I ever had a daughter this would be at the top of my list. It makes me think of the beautiful, intelligent Beverly Crusher of Star Trek the Next Generation. One of my favorite characters on my favorite show! I might use a unique spelling, like Beverlee too!
― Anonymous User  6/9/2010
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I love this name. It's feminine, strong, and it ages nicely. It was also my great grandmother's name, and she died recently(so sad), so I would love to give a future daughter this as a middle name, in her honor.
Black_X  5/11/2010
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Beverly Sills great American soprano and talkshow host who died in 2007.
Anton  3/8/2010
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I kinda like this name. Beverly Hills is an awesome place, just for the record. And if Ohio is a bad place to reside for all the girls named Beverly, then they should stay out of Ohio, that's all!
― Anonymous User  9/11/2009
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I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. There were two notable crime victims named "Beverly". Beverly Potts was ten years old when she disappeared in 1951. Her body was never found. Beverly Jarosz was 16 years old when she was murdered in her home in 1964. Her murderer was never caught.
― Anonymous User  7/26/2009
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My name is Beverly and when I was growing up I used to see the meaning of my name listed in other books as meaning 'ambitious'. To me that means a hard worker and not a burden to others. I discovered the name of 'Beverly' was being used among the American Indians before the USA was a nation. I used to dislike my name but now it is not given to babies anymore and I like the meaning and the fact that it is not overused.
rolsonnd  5/27/2009
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This name reminds me of a Dilbert strip from several years back, when the pointy-haired boss was unveiling one of his moronic reorganization plans. After he explains that everyone will be in "one broad salary band", Dilbert asks if their titles will be changing. The boss smiles and says, "You'll all be named Beverly!"
elizabeth hamlet  2/11/2009
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Beverly Mitchell is the actress who played Lucy Camden-Kinkirk on 7th Heaven.
NiamhWitch  1/29/2009
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An earlier post states that actress Beverly Mitchell bears this name, but her name is actually the less common spelling, "Beverley".
Emichand  8/4/2013
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Actress Gates McFadden played Dr. Beverly Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation.
arwentroi  9/9/2008
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This name annoys me somehow. It sounds ugly, it makes me picture unpleasant people, and I hate the nickname Bev.
slight night shiver  5/16/2008
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Beverly is too similar to Bethany.
Hushpuppy  4/14/2008
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In Old English, lea (ley, ly) means meadow. Bever is the corruption of beaver. Thus, Beverly means 'Beaver meadow', not 'beaver stream'.
skwerlbaitbev  11/25/2007
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Beverly is an old ladies name, but it is spunky, (my granny's name is Beverly). I don't think of a soothing person, I think of a person who sticks up for you and a person that can beat some one up if they have to! But they are somewhat gentle about it!
littleengen2992  11/15/2007
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Sorry, but this name doesn't sound right for a boy! I will always associate it with old ladies! By the way, my great aunt is named Beverly and we often call her Bev for short.
CharlieRob  10/4/2007
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Amanda Blake, who plays Kitty in Gunsmoke, was born as Beverly Louise Neill.
CharlieRob  5/9/2007
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I think Beverly is a pretty sounding name but every Beverly I know has always seemed a little slow. In fact, I really don't care for any girl names starting with B except for Barbara.
― Anonymous User  4/15/2007
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I think this is a pretty name. While true, it is an older name (it's the name of my grandmother) I could see it making a comeback. I like how it looks, and it's unique in a way.
And although I guess I'm not "qualified" to say this, since my name's not Beverly, I think Beaver would be a cute nickname! Unless you're a Beverly with large front teeth. Lol. Another spelling could be Beverlee, or Bevorli.
Georgia_kh  4/10/2007
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There is a novelist named Beverly Barton.
― Anonymous User  11/28/2006
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In the 1960's there was the sitcom, The Beverly Hillbillies.
― Anonymous User  10/9/2006
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Since the name is an English one, I checked with Wikipedia and found that there is a town of 33,000 on the east coast of England (in Yorkshire) facing the North Sea named Beverley. Indeed, there is a beaver on the coat of arms of the city. Beaver has always been a highly sought after fur and because Beverley was a port city, I would guess that this was one of the main places that beaver pelts were traded.
I was hoping to find that I was named after a noble family or beautiful woman, but no such luck, yet. The town was a "market town" and known for enforcing honest weights - and the fines for not using accurate weights made the city very prosperous.
My father was stationed in England before the Battle of the Buldge (Bloody Bucket Brigade) and probably became familiar with the name at that time. Besides being my father, Dad was a war hero and earned a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart in WWII. I'm proud that he gave me a name that meant something to him.
xanadu  9/9/2006
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People with the name Beverly seem to have a problem with being called beaver. Well, maybe they should study beavers for a while. They are second only to humans in creative engineering, and they are extremely clean and hard-working.
I like to think I am smart, and beavers ARE smart, therefore I love the name, and would name my daughter that.
B. Lefevre  7/17/2006
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Beverly Hills is a neighborhood where actors & actresses live.
― Anonymous User  7/16/2006
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Of all the possible names I have no idea why I got Beverly - Don't like it, never have. All of the "Beverlys" I've known have been at least 30 years my senior. 90% are Beverly Ann, like me. I just wish it were more contemporary and pretty.
only1bev  6/23/2006
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I can't say that I really like this name. I can see why it died out of popularity.
― Anonymous User  4/25/2006
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This is also my name. I was named after my grandma. My name's a little on the blah side, lol. But I like it because it's original and you know it could mean something a little better than a beaver but it makes sense I guess, lol.
bev1990  3/24/2006
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From my understanding, the meaning of the name comes from "Beaver Meadow" not just Beaver, if that helps.
only1bev  6/23/2006
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Beverly Cleary is an author of many children's books including "Ramona the Pest" and "Henry Huggins." Also Beverly Sills is a famous operatic soprano.
breakofday  12/30/2005
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Beverly Lewis is the best selling author of the Abram's Daughters series, Heritage of Lancaster County series and many more books/series. She's one of my favorite authors.
DarciElila  6/28/2005
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This is my name and I wish my mother had looked up the orginal meaning. My little sister (Heather) calls me "Beaver". In today's world that is NOT a good nickname. I do like it though. It is quite rare apparently.
bei_baowen  4/10/2005

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