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BEATA   f   Polish, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Late Roman
Derived from Latin beatus meaning "blessed". This was the name of a few minor saints.
BEATE   f   German
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 (Rare), Late Roman
Probably from Viatrix, a feminine form of the Late Latin name Viator which meant "voyager, traveller". It was a common name amongst early Christians, and the spelling was altered by association with Latin beatus "blessed". 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.
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 Gaelic. This name was borne by several characters in Irish mythology, including a goddess of childbirth.
BECCA   f   English
Short form of REBECCA.
BECCI   f   English (Modern)
Diminutive of REBECCA.
BECKA   f   English
Short form of REBECCA.
BECKAH   f   English
Short form of REBECCA.
BECKETT   m   English (Modern)
From an English surname which could be derived from various sources, including from Middle English beke meaning "beak" or bekke meaning "stream, brook".
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.
BEDROS   m   Armenian
Western Armenian transcription of PETROS.
BEE   f   English
Short form of BEATRIX and other names beginning with B.
BEELZEBUB   m   Biblical
From Hebrew בַּעַל זְבוּב (Ba'al Zevuv) meaning "lord of flies", intended as a mocking alteration of בּאל זבל (Ba'al Zevul) "Ba'al the exalted", one of the Canaanite names for their god BA'AL. In Milton's 'Paradise Lost' (1667) this is the name of Satan's chief lieutenant.
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
Means "fortunate" (literally "good day") in Persian.
BEHROUZ   m   Persian
Variant transcription of BEHROOZ.
BEHRUZ   m   Persian
Variant transcription of BEHROOZ.
BÉIBHINN   f   Irish
Modern form of BÉBINN.
BEILEAG   f   Scottish
Diminutive of ISEABAIL.
BEITRIS   f   Scottish
Scottish form of BEATRICE.
BEKKI   f   English (Modern)
Diminutive of REBECCA.
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 derived via Greek from Hebrew בֵּית לָחֶם (beit lachem) meaning "house of bread".
BELENOS   m   Celtic Mythology
Variant of BELENUS.
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.
BELINDA   f   English
The meaning of this name is not known for certain. The first element could be related Italian bella "beautiful". The second element could be related to Germanic lind "serpent, dragon" or linde "soft, tender". 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".
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.
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   Ancient Near Eastern, Biblical
From בֵּלְשַׁאצַּר (Belshatzzar), the Hebrew form of the Akkadian name Bel-sarra-usur meaning "BA'AL protect the king". This was the name of the son of Nabonidus, the last king of the Babylonian Empire before it was conquered by the Persians 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 was the name of numerous Old Testament characters.
BENAS   m   Lithuanian
Short form of BENEDIKTAS or BENJAMINAS.
BEÑAT   m   Basque
Basque form of BERNARD.
BENAYAHU   m   Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of BENAIAH.
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.
BENDIKS   m   Latvian
Latvian form of Benedictus (see BENEDICT).
BENDT   m   Danish
Danish form of BENEDICT.
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.
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).
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
Yiddish form of BENEDICT.
BENGT   m   Swedish
Swedish form of BENEDICT.
BENGTA   f   Swedish
Swedish feminine form of BENEDICT.
BENIAMIN   m   Romanian, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Romanian form of BENJAMIN, as well as the form used in the Greek and Latin Bibles.
BENIAMINO   m   Italian
Italian form of BENJAMIN.
BENIGNA   f   Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Late Roman
Feminine form of BENIGNO.
BENIGNO   m   Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of the Late Latin name Benignus which meant "kind, friendly" in Latin. 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) which means "son of the south" or "son of the right hand". Benjamin in the Old Testament is 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-'oniy) 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 which 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.
BENTLEY   m   English
From a surname which 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 which 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).
BEORHTRIC   m   Anglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English elements beorht "bright" and ric "power, rule".
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". 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 Gaelic biorach meaning "sharp". This was the name of a 6th-century Irish saint.
BERACHA   f   Hebrew
Variant transcription of 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 bera "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".
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) "to bring" and νικη (nike) "victory". This name was common among the Ptolemy ruling family of Egypt, a dynasty which 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.
BERGLIOT   f   Norwegian
Variant of BERGLJOT.
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".
BERHANU   m   Eastern African, Amharic
Means "light" in Amharic.
BERHTA   f   Ancient Germanic
Older form of BERTHA.
BERHTOALD   m   Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of BERTHOLD.
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".
BERIT   f   Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Variant of BIRGIT.
BERJOUHI   f   Armenian
Variant transcription of 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.
BERMUDO   m   Spanish (Archaic)
Spanish form of VEREMUND.
BERNA   f   Turkish
Means "young" in Turkish.
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.
BERNARDINO   m   Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Diminutive of BERNARDO.
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.
BERNIKE   f   Biblical Greek
Greek form 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".
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
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).
BERTRANDO   m   Italian
Italian form of BERTRAND.
BERWYN   m   Welsh
Means "white head" from the Welsh elements barr "head" and wyn "white".
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.
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) "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.
BETÂNIA   f   Portuguese (Brazilian)
Portuguese form of BETHANY.
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   Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of BETHANY used in the Greek and Latin New Testament.
BETHANIE   f   English (Rare)
Variant of BETHANY.
BETHANY   f   English, Biblical
From the name of a biblical town, possibly derived from Hebrew בֵּית־תְּאֵנָה (beit-te'enah) meaning "house of figs". In the New Testament the town of Bethany was 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   Biblical
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.
BETHNEY   f   English (Rare)
Variant of BETHANY.
BETHUEL   m   Biblical
Means "man of God" 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 (1)   f   German
Diminutive of ELISABETH.
BETTINA (2)   f   Italian
Diminutive of BENEDETTA.
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 which was derived from ap Evan meaning "son of EVAN".
BEVERLEY   f   English
Variant of BEVERLY.
BEVERLY   f & m   English
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).
BEVIN   f   Irish
Anglicized form of BÉBINN.
BEVIS   m   English (Rare)
From an English surname which is possibly derived from the name of the French town Beauvais.
BEYLKE   f   Yiddish
Diminutive of BAILA.
BEYZA   f   Turkish
Means "very white" in Turkish.
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.
BHASKAR   m   Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Telugu, Kannada
Modern form of BHASKARA.
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
Variant transcription of 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.
BIAGGIO   m   Italian (Rare)
Variant of BIAGIO.
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.
BIBIANA   f   Italian, Spanish, 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.
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 which 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
Variant transcription of BIJAY.
BIKENDI   m   Basque
Basque form of VINCENT.
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.
BILHAH   f   Biblical
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   f   Danish
Short form of JACOBINE.
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