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BATSHEVA f Hebrew
Hebrew variant of BATHSHEBA.
BATTISTA m Italian
Italian form of BAPTISTE.
BATU m Mongolian
Means "strong, firm" in Mongolian. Batu Khan was a 13th-century Mongol leader, the founder of the Golden Horde.
BATUHAN m Turkish
Combination of BATU and Turkish han meaning "khan, ruler, leader", referring to the 13th-century Mongol ruler Batu Khan.
BATUL f Arabic
Means "virgin" in Arabic. This is an Arabic epithet of the Virgin Mary.
BATYA f Hebrew
Hebrew variant of BITHIAH.
BATYAH f Hebrew
Hebrew variant of BITHIAH.
BAUDELIO m Spanish
From Baudelius, a Latinized form of a possibly Germanic name. Saint Baudelius was a 3rd-century saint and martyr from Orleans.
BAUDOUIN m French
French form of BALDWIN.
BAUGULF m Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements bauga meaning "bend, flex" or "ring" and wulf meaning "wolf".
BAUTISTA m Spanish
Spanish form of BAPTISTE.
BAXTER m English
From an occupational surname that meant "(female) baker" in Old English.
BƏXTİYAR m Azerbaijani
Azerbaijani form of BAKHTIAR.
BAXTIYOR m Uzbek
Uzbek form of BAKHTIAR.
BAYANI m Filipino, Tagalog
Means "hero" in Tagalog.
BAYARD m Literature
Derived from Old French baiart meaning "bay coloured". In medieval French poetry Bayard was a bay horse owned by Renaud de Montauban and his brothers. The horse could magically adjust its size to carry multiple riders.
BAYRAM m Turkish
Means "festival" in Turkish.
BAZYLI m Polish (Rare)
Polish form of BASIL (1).
BEA f English
Short form of BEATRIX.
BEARACH m Irish
Variant of BERACH.
BEAT m German (Swiss)
Swiss German form of BEATUS.
BEÁTA f Hungarian, Czech, Slovak
Hungarian, Czech and Slovak form of BEATA.
BEATA f Polish, German, Swedish, Danish, Late Roman
Derived from Latin beatus meaning "blessed". This was the name of a few minor saints.
BEĀTE f Latvian
Latvian form of BEATA.
BEATE f German, Norwegian, Danish
German form of BEATA.
BEATHAG f Scottish
Feminine form of BEATHAN.
BEATHAN m Scottish
Derived from Scottish Gaelic beatha meaning "life".
BÉATRICE f French
French form of BEATRIX.
BEATRICE f Italian, English, Swedish
Italian form of BEATRIX. Beatrice Portinari (1266-1290) was the woman who was loved by the Italian poet Dante Alighieri. She serves as Dante's guide through paradise in his epic poem the Divine Comedy (1321). This is also the name of a character in Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing (1599), in which Beatrice and Benedick are fooled into confessing their love for one another.
BEATRISE f Latvian
Latvian form of BEATRIX.
BEATRIU f Catalan
Catalan form of BEATRIX.
BEATRIX f German, Hungarian, Dutch, English, Late Roman
Probably from Viatrix, a feminine form of the Late Latin name Viator meaning "voyager, traveller". It was a common name amongst early Christians, and the spelling was altered by association with Latin beatus "blessed, happy". Viatrix or Beatrix was a 4th-century saint who was strangled to death during the persecutions of Diocletian.... [more]
BEATRIZ f Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of BEATRIX.
BEATRYCZE f Polish
Polish form of BEATRIX.
BEATUS m Late Roman
Masculine form of BEATA. According to legend, Saint Beatus was ordained a priest by Saint Peter and evangelized in Switzerland. Another saint by this name was an 8th-century Asturian theologian.
BEAU m English
Means "beautiful" in French. It has been occasionally used as an American given name since the late 19th century. It appears in Margaret Mitchell's novel Gone with the Wind (1936) as the name of Ashley and Melanie's son.
BEAUDEN m English (New Zealand, Modern)
Elaboration of French beau "beautiful", using the popular den suffix sound found in such names as Braden, Hayden and Aidan. This name has become popular in New Zealand due to rugby player Beauden Barrett (1991-).
BEAUMONT m English (Rare)
From a French surname meaning "beautiful mountain".
BEAUREGARD m English (Rare)
From a French surname meaning "beautiful outlook".
BEAVIS m Popular Culture
Variant of BEVIS. This name was used in the animated television program Beavis and Butthead.
BÉBHINN f Irish
Modern spelling of BÉBINN.
BÉBHIONN f Irish
Variant of BÉBINN.
BÉBINN f Irish, Irish Mythology
Means "fair lady" in Irish. This name was borne by several characters in Irish mythology, including a goddess of childbirth.
BECCA f English
Short form of REBECCA.
BECKA f English
Short form of REBECCA.
BECKAH f English
Short form of REBECCA.
BECKETT m English (Modern)
From an English surname that could be derived from various sources, including from Middle English beke meaning "beak" or bekke meaning "stream, brook".
BECKHAM m English (Modern)
From an English surname that was derived from a place name meaning "Becca's homestead" in Old English. A famous bearer of the surname is retired English soccer player David Beckham (1975-).
BECKY f English
Diminutive of REBECCA.
BEDE m History
Modern form of the Old English name Baeda, possibly related to Old English bed "prayer". Saint Bede, called the Venerable Bede, was an 8th-century historian, scholar and Doctor of the Church.
BEDELIA f Irish
Irish diminutive of BRIDGET.
BEDISA f Georgian
Derived from Georgian ბედი (bedi) meaning "fate".
BEDIVERE m Welsh Mythology, Arthurian Romance
From the Welsh name Bedwyr, which is of unknown meaning. In Arthurian legends Bedivere was one of the original companions of King Arthur. He first appears in early Welsh tales, and his story was later expanded by Geoffrey of Monmouth in the 12th century. He is the one who throws the sword Excalibur into the lake at the request of the dying Arthur.
BEDŘICH m Czech
Czech form of FREDERICK.
BEDŘIŠKA f Czech
Czech feminine form of FREDERICK.
BEDROS m Armenian
Western Armenian transcription of PETROS.
BEE f English
Short form of BEATRIX and other names beginning with B.
BEELZEBOUL m Biblical Greek
Form of Hebrew בַּעַל זְבוּב (Ba'al Zevuv) used in the Greek New Testament (see BEELZEBUB). The Greek form may represent a misspelling or it might be a pun based on Hebrew זֶבֶל (zevel) meaning "dung".
BEELZEBUB m Biblical, Biblical Latin
From Hebrew בַּעַל זְבוּב (Ba'al Zevuv) meaning "lord of flies", possibly intended as a mocking alteration of בַּעַל זבל (Ba'al Zevul) meaning "Ba'al of the exalted house", one of the Canaanite names for their god BA'AL.... [more]
BEELZEBUL m Biblical
Form of BEELZEBUB used in many modern translations of the New Testament.
BEGÜM f Turkish
From a royal title, a feminine form of the Turkic beg meaning "chieftain" (modern Turkish bey).
BEHAR m Albanian
From the archaic Albanian word behar meaning "summer".
BEHİYE f Turkish
Turkish form of BAHIYYA.
BEHNAM m Persian
Means "reputable" (literally "good name") in Persian.
BEHRAM m Turkish
Turkish form of BAHRAM.
BEHROOZ m Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian بهروز (see BEHROUZ).
BEHROUZ m Persian
Means "fortunate" (literally "good day") in Persian.
BEHRUZ m Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian بهروز (see BEHROUZ).
BÉIBHINN f Irish
Modern form of BÉBINN.
BEILEAG f Scottish
Diminutive of ISEABAIL.
BEITRIS f Scottish
Scottish form of BEATRICE.
BEL m Semitic Mythology
Akkadian cognate of BA'AL. The Babylonians used it as a title of the god Marduk.
BÉLA m Hungarian
The meaning of this name is not known for certain. It could be derived from Hungarian bél meaning "guts, bowel" or Slavic бѣлъ (belu) meaning "white". This was the name of four Hungarian kings.
BĚLA f Czech
Derived from the old Slavic word белъ (belu) meaning "white".
BELÉN f Spanish
Spanish form of Bethlehem, the name of the town in Judah where King David and Jesus were born. The town's name is from Hebrew בֵּית־לֶחֶם (Beit-lechem) meaning "house of bread".
BELENUS m Celtic Mythology
Probably from a Celtic word meaning "bright, brilliant". This was the name of a Gaulish solar god who was often equated with Apollo.
BELGİN f Turkish
Means "clear" in Turkish.
BELI m Welsh Mythology
Probably a Welsh derivative of BELENUS. Beli Mawr was a Welsh ancestor deity who established several royal lines in Wales.
BELIAL m Biblical, Biblical Latin, Judeo-Christian Legend
Means "worthless" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this term is used to refer to various wicked people. In the New Testament, Paul uses it as a name for Satan. In later Christian tradition Belial became an evil angel associated with lawlessness and lust.
BELİNAY f Turkish
Means "reflection of the moon on a lake" in Turkish.
BELINDA f English
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).
BELINHA f Portuguese
Portuguese diminutive of ISABEL.
BELLA f English
Short form of ISABELLA and other names ending in bella. It is also associated with the Italian word bella meaning "beautiful".
BELLAMY f English (Modern)
From a surname derived from Old French bel ami meaning "beautiful friend".
BELLATRIX f Astronomy
Means "female warrior" in Latin. This is the name of the star that marks the left shoulder of the constellation Orion.
BELLE f English
Short form of ISABELLA or names ending in belle. It is also associated with the French word belle meaning "beautiful". A famous bearer was Belle Starr (1848-1889), an outlaw of the American west, whose real given name was Maybelle.
BELLONA f Roman Mythology
Derived from Latin bellare meaning "to fight". This was the name of the Roman goddess of war, a companion of Mars.
BELMA f Bosnian, Turkish
Meaning unknown.
BELPHOEBE f Literature
Combination of belle "beautiful" and the name PHOEBE. This name was first used by Edmund Spenser in his poem The Faerie Queene (1590).
BELSHATZZAR m Biblical Hebrew
Form of BELSHAZZAR found in the Hebrew Bible.
BELSHAZZAR m Babylonian (Anglicized), Biblical
From בֵּלְשַׁאצַּר (Belshatzzar), the Hebrew form of the Akkadian name Bel-sharra-usur meaning "BEL protect the king". This was the name of the son of Nabonidus, the last king of the Babylonian Empire before the Persians conquered it in the 6th century BC. In the Old Testament Book of Daniel Belshazzar is the last king of Babylon who sees the mystical handwriting on the wall, which is interpreted by Daniel to portend the end of the empire.
BEN (1) m English, German, Dutch
Short form of BENJAMIN or BENEDICT. A notable bearer was Ben Jonson (1572-1637), an English poet and playwright.
BEN (2) m Dutch
Short form of BERNHARD and other Germanic names beginning with the element bern meaning "bear".
BENAIAH m Biblical
From the Hebrew name בְּנָיָהוּ (Benayahu) meaning "YAHWEH has built". This is the name of numerous Old Testament characters.
BEÑAT m Basque
Basque form of BERNARD.
BENCE m Hungarian
Hungarian form of VINCENT. It is also used as a short form of BENEDEK.
BENDEGÚZ m Hungarian
Hungarian variant of the Turkic name Mundzuk, possibly from mončuq meaning "jewel, bead". This was the name of Attila the Hun's father.
BENDIK m Norwegian
Norwegian form of BENEDICT.
BENDIKS m Latvian
Latvian form of Benedictus (see BENEDICT).
BENDT m Danish
Variant of BENT (1).
BENEDEK m Hungarian
Hungarian form of Benedictus (see BENEDICT).
BENEDETTA f Italian
Italian feminine form of BENEDICT.
BENEDETTO m Italian
Italian form of Benedictus (see BENEDICT).
BENEDICT m English
From the Late Latin name Benedictus, which meant "blessed". Saint Benedict was an Italian monk who founded the Benedictines in the 6th century. After his time the name was common among Christians, being used by 16 popes. In England it did not come into use until the 12th century, at which point it became very popular. This name was also borne by the American general Benedict Arnold (1741-1801), who defected to Britain during the American Revolution.
BENEDICTA f Late Roman
Feminine form of Benedictus (see BENEDICT).
BÉNÉDICTE f French
French feminine form of BENEDICT.
BENEDICTE f Norwegian
Norwegian feminine form of BENEDICT.
BENEDICTUS m Late Roman, Dutch
Original Latin form of BENEDICT, as well as the modern Dutch form.
BENEDIKT m German, Russian, Icelandic, Czech
Form of Benedictus (see BENEDICT) in several languages.
BENEDIKTA f German (Rare)
German feminine form of BENEDICT.
BENEDIKTAS m Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of Benedictus (see BENEDICT).
BENEDIKTE f Danish, Norwegian
Danish and Norwegian feminine form of BENEDICT.
BENEDITA f Portuguese
Portuguese feminine form of BENEDICT.
BENEDITO m Portuguese
Portuguese form of Benedictus (see BENEDICT).
BENEDYKT m Polish
Polish form of Benedictus (see BENEDICT).
BENEDYKTA f Polish
Polish feminine form of BENEDICT.
BENESH m Yiddish (Rare)
Yiddish form of BENEDICT.
BENETT m Hungarian (Modern)
Hungarian form of BENNETT.
BENGT m Swedish
Swedish form of BENEDICT.
BENGTA f Swedish
Swedish feminine form of BENEDICT.
BENIAMIN m Romanian, Polish, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Romanian and Polish form of BENJAMIN, as well as the form used in the Greek and Latin Bibles.
BENIAMINO m Italian
Italian form of BENJAMIN.
BENIGNO m Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of the Late Latin name Benignus, which meant "kind, friendly". This was the name of several saints including a 5th-century disciple of Saint Patrick who later became the chief Bishop of Ireland.
BENIGNUS m Late Roman
Late Latin form of BENIGNO.
BENITA f Spanish
Feminine form of BENITO.
BENITO m Spanish, Italian
Spanish form of BENEDICT. This name was borne by Mexican president Benito Juárez, and also by Benito Mussolini (who was named after Juárez), the fascist dictator of Italy during World War II.
BENJ m English
Short form of BENJAMIN.
BENJAMIM m Portuguese
Portuguese form of BENJAMIN.
BENJÁMIN m Hungarian
Hungarian form of BENJAMIN.
BENJAMÍN m Spanish, Czech, Slovak, Icelandic
Spanish, Czech, Slovak and Icelandic form of BENJAMIN.
BENJAMIN m English, French, German, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Biblical
From the Hebrew name בִּנְיָמִין (Binyamin) meaning "son of the south" or "son of the right hand", from the roots בֵּן (ben) meaning "son" and יָמִין (yamin) meaning "right hand, south". Benjamin in the Old Testament was the twelfth and youngest son of Jacob and the founder of one of the southern tribes of the Hebrews. He was originally named בֶּן־אוֹנִי (Ben-'oni) meaning "son of my sorrow" by his mother Rachel, who died shortly after childbirth, but it was later changed by his father (see Genesis 35:18).... [more]
BENJAMINAS m Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of BENJAMIN.
BENJAMINE f French
French feminine form of BENJAMIN.
BENJI m English
Diminutive of BENJAMIN.
BENJY m English
Diminutive of BENJAMIN.
BENNETT m English
Medieval form of BENEDICT. This was the more common spelling in England until the 18th century. Modern use of the name is probably also influenced by the common surname Bennett, itself a derivative of the medieval name.
BENNIE m English
Diminutive of BENJAMIN or BENEDICT.
BENNO m German
Short form of German names containing the element bern "bear".
BENNY m English
Diminutive of BENJAMIN or BENEDICT.
BENOÎT m French
French form of BENEDICT.
BENOÎTE f French
French feminine form of BENEDICT.
BENSON m English
From a surname that originally meant "son of BENEDICT".
BENT (1) m Danish
Danish form of BENEDICT.
BENT (2) m Frisian
Frisian variant of BEN (2).
BENTE f Danish, Norwegian, Dutch
Danish feminine form of BENEDICT.
BENTHE f Danish, Dutch
Variant of BENTE.
BENTLEY m English
From a surname that was from a place name, itself derived from Old English beonet "bent grass" and leah "woodland, clearing". Various towns in England bear this name.
BENTO m Portuguese
Portuguese short form of BENEDITO.
BENTON m English
From a surname that was derived from a place name, composed of Old English beonet "bent grass" and tun "enclosure".
BENVENUTO m Italian
Means "welcome" in Italian. A famous bearer was the Italian Renaissance sculptor and writer Benvenuto Cellini (1500-1571).
BENVOLIO m Literature
Means "good will" in Italian. This name was used by Shakespeare for a friend of Romeo in his play Romeo and Juliet (1596). The character had been created earlier by the Italian writer Matteo Bandello, whose play Giuletta e Romeo (1554) was one of Shakespeare's sources.
BEORHTRIC m Anglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English elements beorht "bright" and ric "ruler".
BEORHTSIGE m Anglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English elements beorht "bright" and sige "victory".
BEORNRÆD m Anglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English elements beorn "warrior, man" and ræd "counsel".
BEOWULF m Anglo-Saxon Mythology
Possibly means "bee wolf" (in effect equal to "bear") from Old English beo "bee" and wulf "wolf". Alternatively, the first element may be beadu "battle". This is the name of the main character in the anonymous 8th-century epic poem Beowulf. Set in Denmark, the poem tells how he slays the monster Grendel and its mother at the request of King Hroðgar. After this Beowulf becomes the king of the Geats. The conclusion of the poem tells how Beawulf, in his old age, slays a dragon but is himself mortally wounded in the act.
BEPPE m Italian
Diminutive of GIUSEPPE.
BÈR m Limburgish
Variant of BAER.
BER m Yiddish
Means "bear" in Yiddish, a vernacular form of Dov.
BERACH m Irish
Derived from Irish biorach meaning "sharp". This was the name of a 6th-century Irish saint.
BERACHA f Hebrew
Alternate transcription of Hebrew בְּרָכָה (see BRACHA).
BERAHTHRABAN m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of BERTRAM, using an extended form of the second element.
BERAHTHRAM m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of BERTRAM.
BERARD m Ancient Germanic
Variant of BERNARD using the related root bero "bear" as the first element. This was the name of a 13th-century saint who was martyred in Morocco.
BERARDO m Italian
Italian form of BERARD.
BERAT m Turkish
Possibly from Turkish berat meaning "letters patent".
BEREN f & m Turkish
Means "strong, smart" in Turkish.
BERENGAR m Ancient Germanic
Germanic name derived from the elements bern "bear" and ger "spear". This was the name of two medieval kings of Italy and a Holy Roman emperor.
BERENGARIA f Ancient Germanic (Latinized)
Latinized feminine form of BERENGAR. This name was borne by a 13th-century queen of Castile.
BÉRENGER m French
French form of BERENGAR.
BÉRENGÈRE f French
French form of BERENGARIA.
BERENGUER m Catalan
Catalan form of BERENGAR.
BÉRÉNICE f French
French form of BERENICE.
BERENICE f English, Italian, Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of Βερενικη (Berenike), the Macedonian form of the Greek name Φερενικη (Pherenike), which meant "bringing victory" from φερω (phero) meaning "to bring" and νικη (nike) meaning "victory". This name was common among the Ptolemy ruling family of Egypt, a dynasty that was originally from Macedon. It occurs briefly in Acts in the New Testament (in most English Bibles it is spelled Bernice) belonging to a sister of King Herod Agrippa II. As an English name, Berenice came into use after the Protestant Reformation.
BERENIKE f Ancient Greek
Ancient Macedonian form of BERENICE.
BEREZI f Basque
Means "special" in Basque.
BERGLJÓT f Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of BERGLJOT.
BERGLJOT f Norwegian
From the Old Norse name Bergljót, which was composed of the elements berg "protection, help" and ljótr "light".
BERHANE m & f Eastern African, Amharic
Means "my light" in Amharic.
BERHANU m Eastern African, Amharic
Means "his light" in Amharic.
BERHTOALD m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of BERTHOLD.
BERİL f Turkish
Turkish cognate of BERYL.
BERINHARD m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of BERNARD.
BERISLAV m Croatian, Medieval Slavic
Derived from the Slavic elements birati "to take, to gather" (in an inflected form) and slava "glory".
BERJOUHI f Armenian
Alternate transcription of Armenian Պերճուհի (see PERCHUHI).
BERK m Turkish
Means "solid, firm, strong" in Turkish.
BERKANT m Turkish
Means "solid oath" in Turkish.
BERKER m Turkish
Means "solid man" in Turkish.
BERKO m Western African, Akan
Means "first born" in Akan.
BERLIN f Various
From the name of the city in Germany, which is of uncertain meaning.
BERMET f Kyrgyz
Means "pearl" in Kyrgyz.
BERNA f Turkish
Means "young" in Turkish.
BERNABÉ m Spanish
Spanish form of BARNABAS.
BERNADETT f Hungarian
Hungarian form of BERNADETTE.
BERNADETTE f French, English
French feminine form of BERNARD. Saint Bernadette was a young woman from Lourdes in France who claimed to have seen visions of the Virgin Mary.
BERNADINE f English
Feminine form of BERNARD.
BERNARD m English, French, Dutch, Polish, Croatian, Slovene, Czech, Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic element bern "bear" combined with hard "brave, hardy". The Normans brought it to England, where it replaced the Old English cognate Beornheard. This was the name of several saints, including Saint Bernard of Menthon who built hospices in the Swiss Alps in the 10th century, and Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, a 12th-century theologian and Doctor of the Church. Other famous bearers include the Irish playwright and essayist George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) and the British World War II field marshal Bernard Montgomery (1887-1976).
BERNARDA f Slovene, Croatian, Spanish
Feminine form of BERNARD.
BERNARDETTA f Italian
Italian feminine form of BERNARD.
BERNARDINA f Italian
Italian feminine diminutive of BERNARDO.
BERNARDINE f French (Rare)
French feminine form of BERNARD.
BERNARDITA f Spanish
Spanish feminine form of BERNARD.
BERNARDO m Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of BERNARD.
BERNÁT m Hungarian
Hungarian form of BERNARD.
BERNAT m Catalan
Catalan form of BERNARD.
BERND m German
Short form of BERNHARD.
BERNETTA f English
Diminutive of BERENICE.
BERNHARD m German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Ancient Germanic
German, Dutch and Scandinavian form of BERNARD.
BERNICE f English, Biblical, Biblical Latin
Contracted form of BERENICE. It occurs briefly in Acts in the New Testament belonging to a sister of King Herod Agrippa II.
BERNIE m & f English
Diminutive of BERNARD, BERNADETTE, BERNICE, and other names beginning with Bern.
BERNIECE f English
Variant of BERNICE.
BERNT m Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Scandinavian form of BERNARD.
BERNY m & f English
Variant of BERNIE.
BERRAK f Turkish
Means "clear" in Turkish.
BERRY (1) m English
Variant of BARRY.
BERRY (2) f English (Rare)
From the English word referring to the small fruit. It is ultimately derived from Old English berie. This name has only been in use since the 20th century.
BERT m English, German, Dutch
Short form of ALBERT and other names containing the element bert, often derived from the Germanic element beraht meaning "bright".
BERTA f Polish, Czech, Hungarian, German, Spanish, Catalan, Italian, Slovene
Form of BERTHA in several languages.
BERTALAN m Hungarian
Hungarian form of BARTHOLOMEW.
BERTHA f German, English, Ancient Germanic
Originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element beraht meaning "bright, famous". It was borne by the mother of Charlemagne in the 8th century, and it was popularized in England by the Normans. It died out as an English name after the Middle Ages, but was revived in the 19th century. The name also appears in southern Germanic legends (often spelled Perchta or Berchta) belonging to a goddess of animals and weaving.
BERTHE f French
French form of BERTHA.
BERTHOLD m German
Means "bright ruler" from the Germanic element beraht "bright" combined with wald "rule".
BERTIE m & f English
Diminutive of ALBERT, HERBERT, and other names containing bert (often derived from the Germanic element beraht meaning "bright").
BERTIL m Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Scandinavian form of BERTILO or BERTHOLD.
BERTILLE f French
French diminutive of BERTHA.
BERTILO m Ancient Germanic
Originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element beraht meaning "bright, famous".
BERTINA f English
Feminine form of BERT.
BERTO m Italian, Spanish
Short form of ROBERTO, ALBERTO, and other names containing bert (often derived from the Germanic element beraht meaning "bright").
BERTÓK m Hungarian
Hungarian diminutive of BERTALAN and other names beginning with Bert.
BERTOLDO m Italian (Rare)
Italian form of BERTHOLD.
BERTRAM m English, German, Ancient Germanic
Means "bright raven", derived from the Germanic element beraht "bright" combined with hramn "raven". The Normans introduced this name to England. Shakespeare used it in his play All's Well That Ends Well (1603).
BERTRAND m French, English, Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements beraht meaning "bright" and rand meaning "rim (of a shield)". From an early date it has been confused with BERTRAM and the two names have merged to some degree. A famous bearer was English philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872-1970).
BERWYN m Welsh
Means "fair head" from the Welsh elements barr "head" and gwyn "white, fair".
BERYL f English
From the English word for the clear or pale green precious stone, ultimately deriving from Sanskrit. As a given name, it first came into use in the 19th century.
BESARION m Georgian
Georgian form of BESSARION.
BESİM m Turkish
Turkish form of BASIM.
BESIM m Albanian
Means "faith, trust" in Albanian.
BESNIK m Albanian
Means "faithful" in Albanian.
BESO m Georgian
Short form of BESARION.
BESS f English
Diminutive of ELIZABETH.
BESSARION m Late Greek
Meaning uncertain, possibly from Greek βησσα (bessa) meaning "wooded valley". This was the name of a 5th-century Egyptian hermit who was a disciple of Saint Anthony the Great. It was later adopted by the scholar Basilios Bessarion (1403-1472), a Greek born in Byzantine Anatolia who became a Roman Catholic bishop.
BESSIE f English
Diminutive of ELIZABETH.
BESTE f Turkish
Means "melody" in Turkish.
BET f Frisian, Limburgish
Frisian and Limburgish short form of ELISABETH.
BETELGEUSE m Astronomy
The name of the star that marks the right shoulder of the constellation Orion. It is derived from Arabic يد الجوزا (yad al-Jawza) meaning "the hand of Jawza". جوزا (Jawza) meaning "central one" was the old Arabic name for the constellation Orion (also for Gemini).
BETH f English
Short form of ELIZABETH, or sometimes BETHANY.
BETHAN f Welsh
Welsh diminutive of ELIZABETH.
BETHÂNIA f Portuguese (Brazilian)
Portuguese variant form of BETHANY.
BETHANIA f Spanish (Latin American)
Spanish variant form of BETHANY.
BETHANIE f English
Variant of BETHANY.
BETHANY f English
From the name of a biblical town, Βηθανια (Bethania) in Greek, which is probably of Aramaic or Hebrew origin, possibly meaning "house of affliction" or "house of figs". In the New Testament the town of Bethany is the home of Lazarus and his sisters Mary and Martha. It has been in use as a rare given name in the English-speaking world since the 19th century, used primarily by Catholics in honour of Mary of Bethany. In America it became moderately common after the 1950s.
BETHARI f Indonesian, Javanese
Javanese form of BATARI.
BETHEL f English
From an Old Testament place name meaning "house of God" in Hebrew. This was a town north of Jerusalem, where Jacob saw his vision of the stairway. It is occasionally used as a given name.
BETHUEL m Biblical
Possibly means "God destroys" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of the father of Rebecca.
BETI f Macedonian
Macedonian diminutive of ELISAVETA.
BETJE f Dutch, Limburgish
Dutch and Limburgish diminutive of ELISABETH.
BETONY f English (Rare)
From the name of the minty medicinal herb.
BETRYS f Welsh
Welsh form of BEATRICE.
BETSY f English
Diminutive of ELIZABETH.
BETTE f English
Diminutive of ELIZABETH. A famous bearer was American actress Bette Davis (1908-1989).
BETTIE f English
Diminutive of ELIZABETH.
BETTINA f German, Italian, Hungarian
Diminutive of ELISABETH (German), BENEDETTA or ELISABETTA (Italian), or ERZSÉBET (Hungarian).
BETTINO m Italian
Diminutive of BENEDETTO.
BETTY f English
Diminutive of ELIZABETH.
BETTYE f English
Variant of BETTY.
BETÜL f Turkish
Turkish form of BATUL.
BEULAH f Biblical, Biblical Hebrew, English
Means "married" in Hebrew. The name is used in the Old Testament to refer to the land of Israel (Isaiah 62:4). As an English given name, Beulah has been used since the Protestant Reformation.
BEV f English
Short form of BEVERLY.
BEVAN m Welsh
From a Welsh surname that was derived from ap Evan meaning "son of EVAN".
BEVERLEY f English
Variant of BEVERLY.
BEVERLY f & m English
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).
BEVIN f Irish
Anglicized form of BÉBINN.
BEVIS m English (Rare)
From an English surname that is possibly derived from the name of the French town Beauvais.
BEYLE f Yiddish (Rare)
From a Slavic word meaning "white".
BEYLKE f Yiddish (Rare)
Diminutive of BEYLE. This is the name of a daughter of Tevye in late 19th-century Yiddish stories by Sholem Aleichem, on which the musical Fiddler on the Roof was based.
BEYZA f Turkish
Means "very white" in Turkish, ultimately from Arabic بيضاء (bayda).
BHALTAIR m Scottish
Scottish form of WALTER.
BHARAT m Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Modern form of BHARATA.
BHARATA m Hinduism
Means "being maintained" in Sanskrit. This is one of the names of Agni, the Hindu god of fire, and is also the name of the brother of Rama in the Hindu epic the Ramayana. It was also borne by a legendary king, the son of Dushyanta and Shakuntala. The official name of the country of India, Bharat, derives from him.
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