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BETHANY f English
From the name of a biblical town, Βηθανία (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 1904 novel Beverly of Graustark.
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.
BHARATH m Tamil, Indian, Malayalam, Telugu
Southern Indian form of BHARATA.
BHASKARA m Hinduism
Means "shining", derived from a combination of Sanskrit भास (bhasa) meaning "light" and कर (kara) meaning "maker". This is another name of the sun and the Hindu god Shiva. It was additionally borne by a 12th-century Indian astronomer, also known as Bhaskaracharya.
BHÀTAIR m Scottish
Scottish form of WALTER.
BHAVANA f Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Malayalam
Means "producing, manifesting" in Sanskrit.
BHAVNA f Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Malayalam
Alternate transcription of Hindi/Marathi भावना, Kannada ಭಾವನಾ or Malayalam ഭാവന (see BHAVANA).
BHIMA m Hinduism
Means "terrible, formidable" in Sanskrit. In the Hindu epic the Mahabharata this is the name of the second son of Pandu, and thus one of the five Pandavas. He was known for his terrific strength and skill as a warrior.
BHUMI f Hinduism
Means "earth, soil" in Sanskrit. This is the name of a Hindu earth goddess. She is the wife of Varaha, an avatar of Vishnu.
BIA f Portuguese
Diminutive of BEATRIZ.
BIAGINO m Italian
Diminutive of BIAGIO.
BIAGIO m Italian
Italian form of BLAISE.
BIANCA f Italian, Romanian
Italian cognate of BLANCHE. Shakespeare used characters named Bianca in Taming of the Shrew (1593) and Othello (1603).
BIANKA f German, Hungarian, Polish
German, Hungarian and Polish form of BIANCA.
BIBEK m Nepali, Bengali
Nepali and Bengali form of VIVEK.
BIBIÁNA f Slovak
Slovak form of BIBIANA.
BIBIANA f Spanish, Italian, Late Roman
Possibly an early variant of VIVIANA. Alternatively, it may be a feminine derivative of the earlier Roman cognomen VIBIANUS.
BIBIGUL f Kazakh
Means "nightingale" in Kazakh.
BÍBORKA f Hungarian
Derived from Hungarian bíbor meaning "purple".
BICE f Italian
Short form of BEATRICE.
BÍCH f Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (bích) meaning "bluish green".
BIDANE f Basque
Means "way" in Basque.
BIDDY f Irish, English
Diminutive of BRIDGET.
BIDELIA f Irish
Diminutive of BRIDGET.
BIDZIIL m Native American, Navajo
Means "he is strong" in Navajo.
BIDZINA m Georgian
Possibly from Georgian ბიძა (bidza) meaning "uncle". This was the name of a 17th-century Georgian saint and martyr.
BIEITO m Galician
Galician form of BENEDICT.
BIEL m Catalan
Catalan short form of GABRIEL.
BIENVENIDA f Spanish
Derived from Spanish bienvenido meaning "welcome".
BIFF m English (Rare)
From a nickname that was based on the English word biff, which means "punch, hit, strike".
BIHOTZ f Basque
Means "heart" in Basque.
BİHTER f Turkish
Means "most good" in Turkish.
BIJAY m Bengali
Bengali form of VIJAYA.
BIJOU f Various
Means "jewel" in French.
BIJOY m Bengali
Alternate transcription of Bengali বিজয় (see BIJAY).
BIKENDI m Basque
Basque form of VINCENT.
BILA f Biblical Italian
Italian form of BILHAH.
BİLAL m Turkish
Turkish form of BILAL.
BILAL m Arabic, Urdu
Means "wetting, moistening" in Arabic. This was the name of a companion of the Prophet Muhammad.
BILBO m Literature
This was the name of the hero of The Hobbit (1937) by J. R. R. Tolkien. His real hobbit name was Bilba, which is of unknown meaning, but this was altered by Tolkien in order to use the more masculine o ending. In the novel Bilbo Baggins was recruited by the wizard Gandalf to join the quest to retake Mount Erebor from the dragon Smaug.
BILE m Irish Mythology
Possibly an Irish form of BELENUS, though it may derive from an Irish word meaning "hero". In Irish mythology this was the name of one of the Milesians who was drowned while invading Ireland.
BİLGE m & f Turkish
Means "wise" in Turkish.
BILGÜÜN m Mongolian
Means "wise" in Mongolian.
BILHA f Biblical German, Biblical French, Biblical Spanish, Biblical Dutch
German, French, Spanish and Dutch form of BILHAH.
BILHAH f Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "bashful" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of the handmaid given to Jacob by his wife Rachel. By him she was the mother of Dan and Naphtali.
BILJANA f Serbian, Macedonian, Croatian
Meaning uncertain, possibly derived from the South Slavic word биље (bilje) meaning "herb".
BILL m English
Short form of WILLIAM. This spelling was first used in the 19th century. The change in the initial consonant may have been influenced by an earlier Irish pronunciation of the name. Famous bearers include basketball player Bill Russell (1934-), comedian Bill Cosby (1937-), American president Bill Clinton (1946-), and Microsoft founder Bill Gates (1955-).
BILLIE m & f English
Diminutive of BILL. It is also used as a feminine form of WILLIAM.
BILLY m English
Diminutive of BILL. A notable bearer was the American outlaw Billy the Kid (1859-1881), whose real name was William H. Bonney.
BILYANA f Bulgarian
Bulgarian form of BILJANA.
BIMA m Indonesian
Indonesian form of BHIMA.
BINAY m Bengali
Bengali form of VINAY.
BINDY f English
Diminutive of BELINDA.
BINE (1) f Danish
Short form of JACOBINE.
BINE (2) m Slovene
Diminutive of ALBIN.
BÌNH m & f Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (bình) meaning "level, even, peaceful".
BINYAMIN m Hebrew, Arabic, Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew and Arabic form of BENJAMIN.
BION m Ancient Greek
Ancient Greek name derived from βίος (bios) meaning "life".
BIPIN m Indian, Marathi, Hindi
Variant of VIPIN.
BIRDIE f English
Diminutive of BERTHA, BERNICE or other names with a similar sound, or sometimes simply from the English word bird.
BIRGER m Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
From the Old Norse name Birgir, probably derived from bjarga meaning "help, save, rescue".
BIRGIR m Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of BIRGER.
BIRGIT f Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, German
Scandinavian variant of BIRGITTA.
BIRGITTA f Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Finnish
Most likely a Scandinavian form of BRIDGET via the Latinized form Brigitta. Alternatively it could be a feminine derivative of BIRGER. This is the name of the patron saint of Europe, Birgitta of Sweden, the 14th-century founder of the Bridgettine nuns. Her father's name was Birger.
BIRGITTE f Danish, Norwegian
Danish form of BIRGITTA.
BIRITA f Faroese
Faroese form of BRIDGET.
BIRKIR m Icelandic
From Icelandic birki meaning "birch", specifically the downy birch (species Betula pubescens).
BIRTE f Danish
Danish diminutive of BIRGITTA.
BIRTHE f Danish
Danish diminutive of BIRGITTA.
BIRÛSK m Kurdish
Means "lightning" in Kurdish.
BIRUTA f Latvian
Latvian form of BIRUTĖ.
BIRUTĖ f Lithuanian
Possibly from Lithuanian birti meaning "to scatter, to pour out" combined with a diminutive suffix. This name was borne by the mother of the 15th-century Grand Duke Vytautas of Lithuania.
BISERA f Bulgarian, Macedonian
Derived from the South Slavic word бисер (biser) meaning "pearl" (ultimately of Arabic origin).
BISERKA f Croatian, Serbian
Croatian and Serbian form of BISERA.
BISHAL m Nepali, Bengali
Nepali and Bengali form of VISHAL.
BISHAN m Indian, Hindi
Variant of VISHNU.
BISHOP m English
Either from the English occupational surname, or else directly from the English word. It is ultimately derived from Greek ἐπίσκοπος (episkopos) meaning "overseer".
BISTRA f Bulgarian, Macedonian
Means "clean, pure" in Bulgarian and Macedonian.
BITHIAH f Biblical
Means "daughter of YAHWEH" in Hebrew, from the roots בַּת (bat) meaning "daughter" and יָה (yah) referring to the Hebrew God. In the Old Testament this is the name of a daughter of Pharaoh. She is traditionally equated with the pharaoh's daughter who drew Moses from the Nile.
BITTOR m Basque
Basque form of VICTOR.
BITUIN f Filipino, Tagalog
Means "star" in Tagalog.
BITYAH f Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of BITHIAH.
BJARKE m Danish
Danish diminutive of BJØRN.
BJARKI m Icelandic
Masculine form of BJÖRK.
BJARNE m Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Modern form of BJARNI.
BJARNI m Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic, Faroese
Old Norse diminutive of BJǪRN and other names containing the element bjǫrn meaning "bear".
BJARTE m Norwegian
From the Old Norse byname Bjartr, which meant "bright".
BJARTR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of BJARTE.
BJARTUR m Icelandic
Icelandic form of Bjartr (see BJARTE).
BJÖRG f Icelandic
Icelandic form of BJØRG.
BJØRG f Norwegian
Derived from Old Norse bjǫrg meaning "help, save, rescue".
BJǪRG f Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of BJØRG.
BJÖRK f Icelandic
Means "birch tree" in Icelandic.
BJÖRN m Swedish, Icelandic, German
From an Old Norse byname derived from bjǫrn meaning "bear".
BJØRN m Norwegian, Danish
Danish and Norwegian form of BJÖRN.
BJǪRN m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of BJÖRN.
BJØRNAR m Norwegian
Possibly a modern coinage based on the Old Norse elements bjǫrn "bear" and herr "army" or arr "warrior".
BJÖRNE m Swedish
Diminutive of BJÖRN.
BLAANID f Manx
Manx form of BLÁTHNAT.
BLAGA f Bulgarian
Feminine form of BLAGOY.
BLAGICA f Macedonian
Derived from South Slavic благ (blag) meaning "sweet, pleasant, good".
BLAGO m Croatian, Bulgarian
Croatian form of BLAGOY, as well as a Bulgarian variant.
BLAGOJ m Macedonian
Macedonian form of BLAGOY.
BLAGOJE m Serbian
Serbian form of BLAGOY.
BLAGORODNA f Macedonian, Bulgarian
Means "noble" in Macedonian and Bulgarian.
BLAGOY m Bulgarian
Derived from South Slavic благ (blag) meaning "sweet, pleasant, good".
BLAGUN m Bulgarian, Macedonian
Derived from South Slavic благ (blag) meaning "sweet, pleasant, good".
BLAGUNA f Macedonian, Bulgarian
Feminine form of BLAGUN.
BLAI m Catalan
Catalan form of Blasius (see BLAISE).
BLAINE m English
From a Scottish surname that was derived from the given name Bláán, which meant "yellow" in Gaelic. Saint Bláán was a 6th-century missionary to the Picts.
BLAIR m & f Scottish, English
From a Scottish surname that is derived from Gaelic blár meaning "plain, field, battlefield".
BLAISE m French
From the Roman name Blasius, which was derived from Latin blaesus meaning "lisping". A famous bearer was the French mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal (1623-1662).
BLÁITHÍN f Irish
Variant of BLÁTHNAT using a different diminutive suffix.
BLAKE m English
From a surname that was derived from Old English blæc "black" or blac "pale". A famous bearer of the surname was the poet and artist William Blake (1757-1827).
BLAKELY f English (Modern)
From a surname that was derived from Old English blæc "black" and leah "woodland clearing".
BLANCA f Spanish, Catalan
Spanish and Catalan cognate of BLANCHE.
BLANCH f English
Variant of BLANCHE.
BLANCHARD m Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements blanc meaning "white" and hard meaning "brave, hardy".
BLANCHE f French, English
From a medieval French nickname meaning "white, fair". This name and its cognates in other languages are ultimately derived from the Germanic word blanc. An early bearer was the 12th-century Blanca of Navarre, the wife of Sancho III of Castile. Her granddaughter of the same name married Louis VIII of France, with the result that the name became more common in France.
BLANDINE f French
French form of the Roman name Blandina, which was the feminine form of Blandinus, which was itself a derivative of the cognomen BLANDUS. Saint Blandina was a 2nd-century slave from Lyons who was martyred by being thrown to wild beasts.
BLANDINUS m Ancient Roman
Roman cognomen that was a derivative of BLANDUS.
BLANDUS m Ancient Roman
Roman cognomen meaning "charming" in Latin.
BLANID f Irish
Anglicized form of BLÁTHNAT.
BLANKA f Czech, Slovak, Polish, Hungarian, Croatian
Form of BLANCHE in several languages.
BLAS m Spanish
Spanish form of BLAISE.
BLASIUS m Ancient Roman
Original Latin form of BLAISE.
BLÁTHNAT f Irish, Irish Mythology
Means "little flower" from the Irish word blath "flower" combined with a diminutive suffix. In Irish legend she was a maiden abducted and married by Cú Roí. She was rescued by Cúchulainn, who killed her husband, but she was in turn murdered by one of Cú Roí's loyal servants.
BLAŽ m Slovene, Croatian
Slovene and Croatian form of BLAISE. It is also associated with South Slavic blag meaning "sweet, pleasant, good".
BLAŽE m Macedonian
Derived from South Slavic благ (blag) meaning "sweet, pleasant, good".
BLAZE m English (Modern)
Modern variant of BLAISE influenced by the English word blaze.
BŁAŻEJ m Polish
Polish form of BLAISE.
BLAŽEJ m Czech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak form of BLAISE.
BLAŽENA f Czech, Slovak
Derived from Czech and Slovak blažený meaning "blissful, happy".
BLAŽENKA f Croatian
Croatian feminine form of BLAŽ.
BLAŽENKO m Croatian
Diminutive of BLAŽ.
BLAZH m Medieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic name derived from Slavic blagu meaning "good, blessed, happy".
BLAZHE m Macedonian
Alternate transcription of Macedonian Блаже (see BLAŽE).
BLEDA m History
Possibly from a Turkic root meaning "wise". According to other theories the name was of Gothic origin, or was a Gothicized form of a Hunnic name. This was the name of the brother of Attila.
BLEDDYN m Welsh
From Welsh blaidd "wolf" combined with a diminutive suffix. This was the name of an 11th-century king of Gwynedd and Powys.
BLEJAN f Cornish
Means "flower" in Cornish.
BLERTA f Albanian
Derived from Albanian blertë meaning "green".
BLODEUWEDD f Welsh, Welsh Mythology
Means "face of flowers" in Welsh. In a story in the Mabinogion, she is created out of flowers by Gwydion to be the wife of his nephew Lleu Llaw Gyffes. She is eventually changed into an owl for her infidelity.
BLODEUYN f Welsh
Means "flower" in Welsh.
BLODWEN f Welsh
Means "white flowers" from Welsh blodau "flowers" combined with gwen "white, fair, blessed".
BLONDIE f English (Rare)
From a nickname for a person with blond hair. This is the name of the title character in a comic strip by Chic Young.
BLONG m Hmong
Means "leaf" in Hmong.
BLOSSOM f English
From the English word blossom, ultimately from Old English blóstm. It came into use as a rare given name in the 19th century.
BLUMA f Yiddish
From Yiddish בלום (blum) meaning "flower".
BLYTHE f & m English (Rare)
From a surname meaning "cheerful" in Old English.
BO (1) m Swedish, Danish
From the Old Norse byname Búi, which was derived from Old Norse bua meaning "to live".
BO (2) m & f Chinese
From Chinese () meaning "wave", as well as other characters with a similar pronunciation.
BOADICEA f Ancient Celtic (Latinized)
Medieval variant of BOUDICCA, possibly arising from a scribal error.
BOAVENTURA m Portuguese
Portuguese form of BONAVENTURA.
BOAZ m Biblical, Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Means "swiftness" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of the man who marries Ruth. This was also the name of one of the two pillars that stood outside Solomon's Temple (with Jachin).
BOB m English, Dutch
Short form of ROBERT. It arose later than Dob, Hob and Nob, which were medieval rhyming nicknames of Robert. It was borne by the character Bob Cratchit in Charles Dickens' novel A Christmas Carol (1843). Other famous bearers include American folk musician Bob Dylan (1941-) and Jamaican reggae musician Bob Marley (1945-1981).
BOBAN m Serbian, Macedonian
Diminutive of BOGDAN or SLOBODAN.
BOBBI f English
Diminutive of ROBERTA or BARBARA.
BOBBIE f & m English
Variant of BOBBY. As a feminine name it can be a diminutive of ROBERTA or BARBARA.
BOBBY m English
Diminutive of BOB. Hockey greats Bobby Hull (1939-) and Bobby Orr (1948-) have borne this name.
BODA m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of BODE.
BODE m Low German
From the Germanic element bodo meaning "command, order".
BODHI m English (Modern)
From a term referring to enlightenment in Buddhism, derived from Sanskrit बोधि (bodhi).
BODIL f Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
From the Old Norse name Bóthildr, derived from bót "remedy" and hildr "battle".
BOELE m Dutch
Possibly a Dutch form of BALDO.
BOGDAN m Polish, Russian, Slovene, Bulgarian, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, Romanian, Medieval Slavic
Means "given by God" from the Slavic elements bogu "god" and dan "given".
BOGHOS m Armenian
Western Armenian transcription of POGHOS.
BOGLÁRKA f Hungarian
Means "buttercup" in Hungarian, derived from the archaic word boglár meaning "ornament".
BOGNA f Polish
Polish feminine form of BOGDAN.
BOGOMIL m Bulgarian, Macedonian
Bulgarian and Macedonian form of BOGUMIŁ.
BOGOMIR m Slovene
Slovene form of BOHUMÍR.
BOGUMIL m Medieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic form of BOGUMIŁ.
BOGUMIŁ m Polish
Means "favoured by God" from the Slavic elements bogu "god" and milu "gracious, dear".
BOGUMIŁA f Polish
Feminine form of BOGUMIŁ.
BOGUMIR m Medieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic form of BOHUMÍR.
BOGUSLAV m Medieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic form of BOGUSŁAW.
BOGUSŁAW m Polish
Means "glory of God" from the Slavic elements bogu "god" and slava "glory". This name was borne by several dukes of Pomerania, beginning in the 12th century.
BOGUSŁAWA f Polish
Feminine form of BOGUSŁAW.
BOHDAN m Czech, Slovak, Ukrainian, Polish
Czech, Slovak and Ukrainian form of BOGDAN, as well as a Polish variant.
BOHDANA f Czech, Slovak, Ukrainian
Czech, Slovak and Ukrainian feminine form of BOGDAN.
BOHUMIL m Czech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak form of BOGUMIŁ.
BOHUMILA f Czech
Czech feminine form of BOGUMIŁ.
BOHUMÍR m Czech, Slovak
Derived from the Slavic element bogu "god" combined with meru "great, famous" or miru "peace, world".
BOHUSLAV m Czech, Slovak, Ukrainian
Czech, Slovak and Ukrainian form of BOGUSŁAW.
BOHUSLAVA f Czech, Ukrainian
Feminine form of BOHUSLAV.
BOIPELO m & f Southern African, Tswana
Means "proud" in Tswana.
BOITUMELO f & m Southern African, Tswana
Means "joy" in Tswana.
BOJAN m Serbian, Croatian, Slovene, Macedonian
Derived from the Slavic element boji meaning "battle". This was the name of a 9th-century Bulgarian saint.
BOJIDAR m Bulgarian
Alternate transcription of Bulgarian Божидар (see BOZHIDAR).
BOLANLE f Western African, Yoruba
Means "finds wealth at home" in Yoruba.
BOLAT m Kazakh
From a Turkic word meaning "steel", ultimately from Persian.
BOLDIZSÁR m Hungarian
Hungarian form of BALTHAZAR.
BOLEK m Polish
Diminutive of BOLESŁAW.
BOLESLAV m Czech, Russian, Medieval Slavic
Czech and Russian form of BOLESŁAW.
BOLESLAVA f Czech (Rare), Russian (Rare)
Czech and Russian feminine form of BOLESŁAW.
BOLESŁAW m Polish
Derived from the Slavic elements bolye "more, greater" and slava "glory". This was the name of kings of Poland, starting in the 11th century with the first Polish king Bolesław the Brave.
BOLÍVAR m Spanish (Latin American)
From a surname that was taken from the Basque place name Bolibar, which was derived from bolu "mill" and ibar "riverside". A famous bearer of the surname was Simón Bolívar (1783-1830), a South American revolutionary leader, after whom the country of Bolivia is named.
BOLORMAA f Mongolian
Means "crystal woman" in Mongolian.
BOLORTSETSEG f Mongolian
Means "crystal flower" in Mongolian.
BONACCORSO m Italian (Rare)
From a medieval Italian name derived from bono "good" and accorso "haste, rush, help".
BONAVENTURA m Italian
Means "good fortune" in Italian. Saint Bonaventura was a 13th-century Franciscan monk who is considered a Doctor of the Church.
BONGANI m Southern African, Zulu
Means "grateful, thankful" in Zulu.
BONIFAAS m Dutch
Dutch form of Bonifatius (see BONIFACE).
BONIFÁC m Czech (Rare), Hungarian (Rare)
Czech and Hungarian form of Bonifatius (see BONIFACE).
BONIFACE m French, English (Rare)
From the Late Latin name Bonifatius, which meant "good fate" from bonum "good" and fatum "fate". This was the name of nine popes and also several saints, including an 8th-century Anglo-Saxon missionary to Germany (originally named Winfrid) who is now regarded as the patron saint of that country. It came into use in England during the Middle Ages, but became rare after the Protestant Reformation.
BONIFÁCIO m Portuguese
Portuguese form of Bonifatius (see BONIFACE).
BONIFACIO m Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of Bonifatius (see BONIFACE).
BONIFACY m Polish
Polish form of Bonifatius (see BONIFACE).
BONIFAZ m German (Rare)
German form of Bonifatius (see BONIFACE).
BONITA f English
Means "pretty" in Spanish, ultimately from Latin bonus "good". It has been used as a name in the English-speaking world since the beginning of the 20th century.
BONITUS m Late Roman
Derived from a diminutive of Latin bonus meaning "good". This was the name of a 7th-century century saint, a bishop of Auvergne.
BONNIE f English
Means "pretty" from the Scottish word bonnie, which was itself derived from Middle French bon "good". It has been in use as an American given name since the 19th century, and it became especially popular after the movie Gone with the Wind (1939), in which it was the nickname of Scarlett's daughter.
BONOLO f Southern African, Sotho
Means "ease" in Sotho.
BONTU f Eastern African, Oromo
Means "proud" in Oromo.
BOOKER m English
From an English occupational surname meaning "maker of books". A famous bearer was Booker T. Washington (1856-1915), an African-American leader.
BOONE m English
From an English surname that was either derived from Old French bon meaning "good" or from the name of the town of Bohon, France.
BOOS m Biblical Greek
Form of BOAZ used in some versions of the Greek Bible.
BOOZ m Biblical Greek, Biblical Latin
Form of BOAZ used in the Greek and Latin Bibles.
BOPHA f Khmer
Means "flower" in Khmer, ultimately from Pali.
BOR m Slovene
Short form of names containing bor, such as BORISLAV or BORIS. It is also a South Slavic word meaning "pine tree".
BORA (1) m Turkish
Means "storm, squall" in Turkish, ultimately related to Greek Βορέας (Boreas), the name of the god of the north wind.
BORA (2) f Albanian
Derived from Albanian borë meaning "snow".
BORA (3) f Korean
Means "purple" in Korean.
BORAN m Turkish
Means "thunderstorm" in Turkish.
BORBÁLA f Hungarian
Hungarian form of BARBARA.
BOREAS m Greek Mythology
Means "north wind" in Greek. Boreas was the Greek god of the north wind.
BORGHILD f Norwegian, Norse Mythology
Derived from the Old Norse elements borg "fortification" and hildr "battle". In Norse mythology she was the wife of Sigmund.
BORGHILDUR f Icelandic
Icelandic form of BORGHILD.
BORIS m Bulgarian, Russian, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian, Czech, Slovak, Georgian, German
From the Turkic name Bogoris, perhaps meaning "short" or "wolf" or "snow leopard". It was borne by the 9th-century King Boris I of Bulgaria who converted his country to Christianity, as well as two later Bulgarian emperors. The name was popularized in the Slavic world due to the 11th-century Saint Boris, who was a Russian prince martyred with his brother Gleb. His mother may have been Bulgarian. Another famous bearer was the 16th-century Russian emperor Boris Godunov, later the subject of a play of that name by Aleksandr Pushkin.
BORISLAV m Bulgarian, Serbian, Croatian, Slovene, Russian, Medieval Slavic
Derived from the Slavic element borti "battle" combined with slava "glory".
BORISU m Medieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic form of BORIS, probably ultimately of Turkic origin.
BORIVOI m Medieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic form of BOŘIVOJ.
BOŘIVOJ m Czech
Derived from the Slavic elements borti "battle" and voji "soldier". This name was borne by a 9th-century duke of Bohemia.
BORIVOJ m Serbian, Croatian
Serbian and Croatian form of BOŘIVOJ.
BORIVOJE m Serbian
Serbian form of BOŘIVOJ.
BORJA m Spanish
From a Spanish surname, used as a given name in honour of the Jesuit priest Saint Francis Borja (1510-1572). The surname, also spelled Borgia, is derived from the name of a Spanish town, ultimately from Arabic بُرْج (burj) meaning "tower".
BÖRJE m Swedish
Variant of BIRGER.
BORKO m Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian
Derived from the Slavic element borti meaning "fight, battle".
BORNA m & f Croatian
Derived from the Slavic element borti meaning "fight, battle".
BORO m Croatian, Serbian
Diminutive of BORISLAV or BORIS.
BORÓKA f Hungarian
Hungarian diminutive of BORBÁLA. It also means "juniper" in Hungarian.
BORUT m Slovene
Diminutive of BORIS.
BORYA m Russian
Diminutive of BORIS.
BORYS m Polish, Ukrainian
Polish and Ukrainian form of BORIS.
BOSEDE f Western African, Yoruba
Means "born on Sunday" in Yoruba.
BOSMAT f Hebrew
Hebrew variant of BASEMATH.
BOSSE m Swedish
Swedish diminutive of BO (1).
BOŠTJAN m Slovene
Short form of SEBASTJAN.
BOTOND m Hungarian
Means "stick, mace" in Hungarian.
BOTROS m Arabic, Coptic
Alternate transcription of Arabic بطرس (see BUTRUS).
BOTUM f Khmer
Means "lotus" in Khmer.
BOUDEWIJN m Dutch
Dutch form of BALDWIN.
BOUDICCA f Ancient Celtic (Latinized)
Derived from Brythonic boud meaning "victory". This was the name of a 1st-century queen of the Iceni who led the Britons in revolt against the Romans. Eventually her forces were defeated and she committed suicide. Her name is first recorded in Roman histories, as Boudicca by Tacitus and Βουδουῖκα (Boudouika) by Cassius Dio.
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