Feminine Names

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ASUKAf & mJapanese
From Japanese 明日 (asu) meaning "tomorrow" and (ka) meaning "fragrance", or from (asu) meaning "to fly" and (ka) meaning "bird". Other kanji combinations can be possible as well.
ASUMANfTurkish
Means "sky" in Turkish.
ASUNfSpanish
Short form of ASUNCIÓN.
ASUNCIÓNfSpanish
Means "assumption" in Spanish. This name is given in reference to the assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven.
ASYA (2)fTurkish
Means "Asia (the continent)" in Turkish.
ATAAHUAfMaori
Means "beautiful" in Maori.
ATALANTAfGreek Mythology (Latinized)
From the Greek Αταλαντη (Atalante) meaning "equal in weight", derived from αταλαντος (atalantos), a word related to ταλαντον (talanton) meaning "a scale, a balance". In Greek legend she was a fast-footed maiden who refused to marry anyone who could not beat her in a race. She was eventually defeated by Hippomenes, who dropped three golden apples during the race causing her to stop to pick them up.
ATALIAfHebrew
Modern Hebrew form of ATHALIAH.
ATALYAHf & mBiblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of ATHALIAH.
ATANASIJAfSerbian, Macedonian
Serbian and Macedonian feminine form of ATHANASIUS.
ATARAfHebrew
Variant transcription of ATARAH.
ATARAHfBiblical, Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Means "crown" in Hebrew. She was a minor Old Testament character, the wife of Jerahmeel.
ATEFEHfPersian
Persian form of ATIFA.
AÐALBJÖRGfIcelandic, Ancient Scandinavian
Derived from the Old Norse elements aðal "noble" and björg "help, save, rescue".
ATHALIAHf & mBiblical
Possibly means "YAHWEH is exalted" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is both a feminine and masculine name. It was borne by the daughter of Ahab and Jezebel, who later came to rule Judah as a queen.
ATHANASIAfGreek, Ancient Greek
Feminine form of Athanasios (see ATHANASIUS).
ATHENAfGreek Mythology, English
Meaning unknown. Athena was the Greek goddess of wisdom and warfare and the patron goddess of the city of Athens in Greece. It is likely that her name is derived from that of the city, not vice versa. The earliest mention of her seems to be a 15th-century BC Mycenaean Greek inscription from Knossos on Crete.... [more]
ATHÉNAÏSfFrench
French form of ATHENAIS.
ATHENAISfAncient Greek
Ancient Greek personal name which was derived from the name of the Greek goddess ATHENA.
ATHINAfGreek
Modern Greek form of ATHENA.
ATHOLm & fScottish
From the name of a district in Scotland which was derived from Gaelic ath Fodhla "new Ireland".
ATIENOfEastern African, Luo
Feminine form of OTIENO.
ATIFAfArabic
Feminine form of ATIF.
ATIYAm & fArabic
Means "gift" in Arabic.
ATROPOSfGreek Mythology
Means "inevitable, inflexible" in Greek, derived from the negative prefix α (a) combined with τροπος (tropos) "direction, manner, fashion". Atropos was one of the three Fates or Μοιραι (Moirai) in Greek mythology. When her sister Lachesis decided that a person's life was at an end, Atropos would choose the manner of death and cut the person's life thread.
ATSUKOfJapanese
From Japanese (atsu) meaning "warm", (atsu) meaning "deep, true, sincere" or (atsu) meaning "honest" combined with (ko) meaning "child". Other kanji combinations are possible.
AUBREEfEnglish (Modern)
Feminine variant of AUBREY.
AUBREYm & fEnglish
Norman French form of the Germanic name ALBERICH. As an English masculine name it was common in the Middle Ages, and was revived in the 19th century. Since the mid-1970s it has more frequently been given to girls, due to Bread's 1972 song 'Aubrey' along with its similarity to the established feminine name Audrey.
AUDAfAncient Germanic
Feminine form of Audo (see OTTO).
AUDEfFrench
French feminine form of ALDO.
AUDHILDfNorwegian
Derived from the Old Norse elements auðr "wealth, fortune" and hildr "battle".
AUDIEfEnglish
Diminutive of AUDREY.
AUDRA (1)fLithuanian
Means "storm" in Lithuanian.
AUDRA (2)fEnglish
Variant of AUDREY, used since the 19th century.
AUDREYfEnglish
Medieval diminutive of ÆÐELÞRYÐ. This was the name of a 7th-century saint, a princess of East Anglia who founded a monastery at Ely. It was also borne by a character in Shakespeare's comedy 'As You Like It' (1599). At the end of the Middle Ages the name became rare due to association with the word tawdry (which was derived from St. Audrey, the name of a fair where cheap lace was sold), but it was revived in the 19th century. A famous bearer was British actress Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993).
AUGUSTAfGerman, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Dutch, English, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of AUGUSTUS. It was introduced to Britain when King George III, a member of the German House of Hanover, gave this name to his second daughter in the 18th century.
AUGUSTE (2)fGerman
German variant of AUGUSTA.
AUGUSTINAfAncient Roman
Feminine form of Augustinus (see AUGUSTINE (1)).
AUGUSTINE (2)fFrench, German
French feminine form of Augustinus (see AUGUSTINE (1)).
AUNEfFinnish
Finnish form of AGNES.
AURAfEnglish, Italian, Spanish, Finnish
From the word aura (derived from Latin, ultimately from Greek αυρα meaning "breeze") for a distinctive atmosphere or illumination.
ÁUREAfSpanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of AUREA.
AUREAfLate Roman
Late Latin name which was derived from aureus "golden". This was the name of a 3rd-century saint from Ostia (near Rome), as well as an 11th-century Spanish saint.
AURÉLIAfHungarian
Hungarian feminine form of AURELIUS.
AURÉLIEfFrench
French feminine form of AURELIUS.
AURELIJAfLithuanian
Lithuanian form of AURELIA.
AUREOLEfEnglish (Rare)
From the English word meaning "radiant halo", ultimately derived from Latin aureolus "golden".
AURORAfItalian, Spanish, Portuguese, English, German, Romanian, Finnish, Roman Mythology
Means "dawn" in Latin. Aurora was the Roman goddess of the morning. It has occasionally been used as a given name since the Renaissance.
AUROREfFrench
French form of AURORA.
AUŠRAfLithuanian
Means "dawn" in Lithuanian.
AUSTĖJAfLithuanian, Baltic Mythology
Means "to weave" in Lithuanian. This was the name of the Lithuanian goddess of bees.
AUTUMNfEnglish
From the name of the season, ultimately from Latin autumnus. This name has been in general use since the 1960s.
AVA (1)fEnglish
Variant of EVE. A famous bearer was the American actress Ava Gardner (1922-1990).
AVA (2)fPersian
Means "voice, sound" in Persian.
AVA (3)fGerman, Ancient Germanic
Originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element avi, of unknown meaning, possibly "desired". This was the name of a 9th-century Frankish saint. It was also borne by a 12th-century poet from Melk, Austria.
AVALONfEnglish (Rare)
From the name of the island paradise to which King Arthur was brought after his death. The name of this island is perhaps related to Welsh afal meaning "apple", a fruit which was often linked with paradise.
AVANIfIndian, Marathi, Gujarati
Means "earth" in Sanskrit.
AVANTIfIndian, Hindi
From the name of an ancient kingdom of central India which had its capital at Ujjain.
AVDOTYAfRussian
Russian form of EUDOCIA.
AVEfEstonian
Possibly from the name of the prayer Ave Maria, in which Ave is Latin meaning "greetings, salutations".
AVELINEfEnglish (Rare)
From the Norman French form of the Germanic name Avelina, a diminutive of AVILA. The Normans introduced this name to Britain. After the Middle Ages it became rare as an English name, though it persisted in America until the 19th century.
AVERILLm & fEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which was originally derived from the feminine given name EOFORHILD.
AVERYm & fEnglish
From a surname which was itself derived from the Norman French form of the given names ALBERICH or ALFRED.
AVEZAfAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of AVIS.
AVGUSTAfSlovene
Slovene feminine form of AUGUSTUS.
AVIAfHebrew
Variant transcription of AVIYA.
ÂVIÂJAfNative American, Greenlandic
Means "cousin" in Greenlandic.
AVIGAILfHebrew
Hebrew form of ABIGAIL.
'AVIGAYILfBiblical Hebrew
Original Hebrew form of ABIGAIL.
AVILAfAncient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic element avi, of unknown meaning, possibly "desired". This name is also given in honour of the 16th-century mystic Saint Teresa of Ávila, Ávila being the name of the town in Spain where she was born.
AVISfEnglish
Probably a Latinized form of the Germanic name Aveza, which was derived from the element avi, of unknown meaning, possibly "desired". The Normans introduced this name to England and it became moderately common during the Middle Ages, at which time it was associated with Latin avis "bird".
AVIVm & fHebrew
Means "spring" in Hebrew.
AVIVAfHebrew
Feminine variant of AVIV.
AVIYAm & fHebrew
Hebrew form of ABIJAH.
'AVIYAHm & fBiblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of ABIJAH.
AVRAfGreek
Greek form of AURA.
AWHINAfMaori
Means "help, support" in Maori.
AWINITAfNative American, Cherokee
Means "fawn" in Cherokee.
AWITIfEastern African, Luo
Means "thrown away" in Luo, possibly used for a child born prematurely.
AWOTWIm & fWestern African, Akan
Means "eighth born child" in Akan.
AXELLEfFrench
Feminine form of AXEL.
AYAfJapanese
From Japanese (aya) meaning "colour", (aya) meaning "design", or other kanji characters with the same pronunciation.
AYAKAfJapanese
From Japanese (aya) meaning "colour" combined with (ka) or (ka) which both mean "flower". Other kanji combinations are possible.
AYAKOfJapanese
From Japanese (aya) meaning "colour", (aya) meaning "design" or (aya) meaning "brilliant fabric design, kimono design" combined with (ko) meaning "child". Other combinations of kanji characters are also possible.
AYALAfHebrew
Means "doe, gazelle, hind" in Hebrew.
AYAMEfJapanese
From Japanese 菖蒲 (ayame) meaning "iris". Other kanji or combinations of kanji can also form this name.
AYANDAm & fSouthern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele
Means "they are increasing" in Zulu, Xhosa and Ndebele.
AYANEfJapanese
From Japanese (aya) meaning "colour", (aya) meaning "design" or (aya) meaning "brilliant fabric design, kimono design" combined with (ne) meaning "sound". Other kanji combinations are possible.
AYANOfJapanese
From Japanese (aya) meaning "colour" or (aya) meaning "design" combined with (no), a possessive particle. Other combinations of kanji characters can also form this name.
AYAULYMfKazakh
Means "beloved" in Kazakh.
AYDAfArabic
Means "returning, visitor" in Arabic.
AYDAN (1)fTurkish
Means "from the moon" in Turkish.
AYELETfHebrew
Means "gazelle, hind". It is taken from the Hebrew phrase אַיֶלֶת הַשַׁחַר ('ayelet hashachar), literally "gazelle of dawn", which is a name of the morning star.
AYESHAfArabic, Urdu
Variant transcription of AISHA.
AYGÜLfTurkish
Means "moon rose" in Turkish.
AYGULfAzerbaijani, Uyghur
Azerbaijani and Uyghur form of AYGÜL.
AYGÜNfTurkish, Azerbaijani
Derived from the Turkic elements ay "moon" and gün "sun".
AYISHAHfArabic
Variant transcription of AISHA.
AYLA (1)fHebrew
Variant transcription of ELAH.
AYLA (2)fTurkish
Means "moonlight, halo" in Turkish.
AYLA (3)fLiterature
Created for the novel 'Clan of the Cave Bear' (1980) by author Jean M. Auel. In the novel Ayla is an orphaned Cro-Magnon girl adopted by Neanderthals. Ayla is the Neanderthal pronunciation of her real name, which is not given.
AYLENfNative American, Mapuche
Possibly means either "happiness" or "clear" in Mapuche.
AYLİNfTurkish, Azerbaijani
Means "of the moon" in Turkish and Azerbaijani, from Turkic ay "moon".
AYNfVarious
This name was assumed by Ayn Rand (1905-1982), originally named Alice Rosenbaum, a Russian-American writer and philosopher. She apparently based it on a Finnish name she had heard, but never seen written.
AÝNAfTurkmen
Means "mirror" in Turkmen, ultimately from Persian آینه (ayneh).
AYNAfKazakh
Kazakh form of AÝNA.
AÝNABATfTurkmen
Derived from Turkmen "moon" and nabat "sugar".
AYNURfTurkish, Azerbaijani, Kazakh, Uyghur
Means "moon light" in Turkish, Azerbaijani, Kazakh and Uyghur, ultimately from Turkic ay meaning "moon" and Arabic نور (nur) meaning "light".
AYOf & mWestern African, Yoruba
Means "joy" in Yoruba, or a short form of names containing that element.
AYODELEm & fWestern African, Yoruba
Means "joy has come home" in Yoruba.
AYOMIDEf & mWestern African, Yoruba
Means "my joy has arrived" in Yoruba.
AYOTUNDEm & fWestern African, Yoruba
Means "joy has returned" in Yoruba.
AYŞEfTurkish
Turkish form of AISHA.
AYSELfTurkish, Azerbaijani
Means "moon flood" in Turkish and Azerbaijani, from Turkic ay "moon" and sel "flood, stream".
AYSUfTurkish
Derived from Turkish ay meaning "moon" and su meaning "water".
AYSUNfTurkish
Means "as beautiful as the moon" in Turkish.
AYTAÇm & fTurkish
Derived from Turkish ay meaning "moon" and taç meaning "crown" (of Persian origin).
AYTENfTurkish
Derived from Turkish ay meaning "moon" and ten meaning "skin" (of Persian origin).
AZALEAfEnglish (Modern)
From the name of the flower, ultimately derived from Greek αζαλεος (azaleos) "dry".
AZARf & mPersian
Means "fire" in Persian.
AZENETHfSpanish
Spanish form of ASENATH.
AZİZEfTurkish
Turkish feminine form of AZIZ.
AZRAfArabic, Turkish, Bosnian, Persian, Urdu
Means "virgin" in Arabic.
AZUBAHfBiblical
Means "forsaken" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of Caleb's wife.
AZUCENAfSpanish
Means "madonna lily" in Spanish.
AZURAfEnglish (Rare)
Elaboration of AZURE.
AZUREfEnglish (Rare)
From the English word that means "sky blue". It is ultimately (via Old French, Latin and Arabic) from Persian لاجورد (lajvard) meaning "azure, lapis lazuli".
AZZURRAfItalian
Means "azure, sky blue" in Italian.
BAAKOm & fWestern African, Akan
Means "first born child" in Akan.
BABETTEfFrench
French diminutive of ELIZABETH.
BABIRYEfEastern African, Ganda
Means "first of twins" in Luganda.
BABSfEnglish
Diminutive of BARBARA.
BADRm & fArabic
Means "full moon" in Arabic.
BAHARfPersian, Turkish
Means "spring" in Persian and Turkish.
BAHARGÜLfTurkmen
Derived from Turkmen bahar meaning "spring" and gül meaning "flower, rose" (both roots ultimately of Persian origin).
BAHIGAfArabic
Variant transcription of BAHIJA.
BAHIJAfArabic
Means "happy" in Arabic.
BAHIYYAfArabic
Means "beautiful" in Arabic.
BAIm & fChinese
From Chinese (bái) meaning "white, pure", (bǎi) meaning "one hundred, many" or (bǎi) meaning "cypress tree, cedar" (which is usually only masculine). Other Chinese characters can form this name as well. This name was borne in the 8th century by the Tang dynasty poet Li Bai, whose given was .
BAILAfYiddish
Means "white" in Yiddish.
BAILEYm & fEnglish
From a surname derived from Middle English baili meaning "bailiff", originally denoting one who was a bailiff.
BÁIRBREfIrish
Irish form of BARBARA.
BAKARNEfBasque
Feminine form of BAKAR.
BALA (1)m & fHinduism, Tamil
Means "young" in Sanskrit. This is a transcription of both the masculine form बाल and the feminine form बाला (a minor Hindu goddess).
BALBINAfSpanish (Rare), Portuguese (Rare), Italian (Rare), Ancient Roman
Feminine form of BALBINUS. Saint Balbina was a 2nd-century Roman woman martyred with her father Quirinus.
BALWINDERm & fIndian (Sikh)
From Sanskrit बल (bala) meaning "strength, might" combined with the name of the Hindu god INDRA.
BAMBIfEnglish
Derived from Italian bambina meaning "young girl". The American novelist Marjorie Benton Cooke used it in her novel 'Bambi' (1914). This was also the name of a male deer in a cartoon by Walt Disney, which was based on a 1923 novel by Swiss author Felix Salten.
BANDILEm & fSouthern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele
Means "they have increased" in Zulu, Xhosa and Ndebele.
BANUfPersian, Turkish
Means "lady" in Persian.
BAOf & mChinese
From Chinese (bǎo) meaning "treasure, jewel, precious, rare", (bāo) meaning "praise, honour" or (bāo) meaning "bud" (which is usually only feminine). Other Chinese characters are possible as well.
BÁRAfCzech
Czech diminutive of BARBORA.
BARAfCroatian
Croatian short form of BARBARA.
BARABALfScottish
Scottish form of BARBARA.
BARBfEnglish
Short form of BARBARA.
BÁRBARAfPortuguese, Spanish
Portuguese and Spanish form of BARBARA.
BARBARAfEnglish, Italian, French, German, Polish, Hungarian, Slovene, Croatian, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Late Roman
Derived from Greek βαρβαρος (barbaros) meaning "foreign". According to legend, Saint Barbara was a young woman killed by her father Dioscorus, who was then killed by a bolt of lightning. She is the patron of architects, geologists, stonemasons and artillerymen. Because of her renown, the name came into general use in the Christian world in the Middle Ages. In England it became rare after the Protestant Reformation, but it was revived in the 19th century.
BARBAREfGeorgian
Georgian form of BARBARA.
BÄRBELfGerman
German diminutive of BARBARA.
BARBIEfEnglish
Diminutive of BARBARA.
BARBORAfCzech, Slovak, Lithuanian
Czech, Slovak and Lithuanian form of BARBARA.
BARBROfSwedish
Swedish form of BARBARA.
BARICAfCroatian
Croatian diminutive of BARBARA.
BAŞAKfTurkish
Means "ear of wheat" in Turkish. This is also the Turkish name for the constellation Virgo.
BASEMATHfBiblical, Biblical Latin
Means "fragrance" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of a wife of Esau.
BASEMMATHfBiblical Greek
Form of BASEMATH and BASMATH used in the Greek Old Testament.
BASHEfHebrew
Diminutive of BATYAH.
BASIA (1)fPolish
Polish diminutive of BARBARA.
BASIA (2)fHebrew
Diminutive of BATYAH.
BASIMAfArabic
Feminine form of BASIM.
BASIRAfArabic
Feminine form of BASIR.
BASMAfArabic
Means "smile" in Arabic.
BASMATHfBiblical, Biblical Latin
Variant of BASEMATH. This was the name of a daughter of Solomon in the Old Testament.
BASTfEgyptian Mythology
Possibly means "fire, heat" or "ointment jar" in Egyptian. In Egyptian mythology Bast was a goddess of cats, fertility and the sun who was considered a protector of Lower Egypt. She was often depicted with the head of a lioness or a house cat. As her role in the Egyptian pantheon diminished, she was called Bastet.
BASTETfEgyptian Mythology
Variant of BAST. This form of the name, a diminutive, was given to her after the similar goddess Sekhmet (protector of Upper Egypt) became more important.
BASYAfHebrew
Diminutive of BATYAH.
BATARIfIndonesian
Means "goddess" in Indonesian.
BATELfHebrew
Means "daughter of God" in Hebrew.
BATHSHEBAfBiblical
Means "daughter of the oath" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of a woman married to Uriah the Hittite. King David seduced her and made her pregnant, so he arranged to have her husband killed in battle and then married her. She was the mother of Solomon.
BAT-SHEVAfBiblical Hebrew
Original Hebrew form of BATHSHEBA.
BATSHEVAfHebrew
Hebrew variant of BATHSHEBA.
BATULfArabic
Means "virgin" in Arabic. This is an Arabic epithet of the Virgin Mary.
BATYAfHebrew
Modern Hebrew variant of BITHIAH.
BATYAHfHebrew
Modern Hebrew variant of BITHIAH.
BEAfEnglish
Short form of BEATRIX.
BEÁTAfHungarian, Czech, Slovak
Hungarian, Czech and Slovak form of BEATA.
BEATAfPolish, German, Swedish, Danish, Late Roman
Derived from Latin beatus meaning "blessed". This was the name of a few minor saints.
BEATEfGerman, Norwegian, Danish
German form of BEATA.
BEATHAGfScottish
Feminine form of BEATHAN.
BÉATRICEfFrench
French form of BEATRIX.
BEATRICEfItalian, 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.
BEATRISEfLatvian
Latvian form of BEATRIX.
BEATRIUfCatalan
Catalan form of BEATRIX.
BEATRIXfGerman, Hungarian, Dutch, English, 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, happy". Viatrix or Beatrix was a 4th-century saint who was strangled to death during the persecutions of Diocletian.... [more]
BEATRIZfSpanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of BEATRIX.
BEATRYCZEfPolish
Polish form of BEATRIX.
BÉBHINNfIrish
Modern spelling of BÉBINN.
BÉBINNfIrish, Irish Mythology
Means "fair lady" in Irish Gaelic. This name was borne by several characters in Irish mythology, including a goddess of childbirth.
BECCAfEnglish
Short form of REBECCA.
BECKAfEnglish
Short form of REBECCA.
BECKAHfEnglish
Short form of REBECCA.
BECKYfEnglish
Diminutive of REBECCA.
BEDELIAfIrish
Irish diminutive of BRIDGET.
BEDISAfGeorgian
Derived from Georgian ბედი (bedi) meaning "fate".
BEEfEnglish
Short form of BEATRIX and other names beginning with B.
BEHİYEfTurkish
Turkish form of BAHIYYA.
BÉIBHINNfIrish
Modern form of BÉBINN.
BEILEAGfScottish
Diminutive of ISEABAIL.
BEITRISfScottish
Scottish form of BEATRICE.
BĚLAfCzech
Derived from the old Slavic word белъ (belu) meaning "white".
BELÉNfSpanish
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".
BELGİNfTurkish
Means "clear" in Turkish.
BELINDAfEnglish
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).
BELINHAfPortuguese
Portuguese diminutive of ISABEL.
BELLAfEnglish
Short form of ISABELLA and other names ending in bella. It is also associated with the Italian word bella meaning "beautiful".
BELLATRIXfAstronomy
Means "female warrior" in Latin. This is the name of the star that marks the left shoulder of the constellation Orion.
BELLEfEnglish
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.
BELLONAfRoman Mythology
Derived from Latin bellare meaning "to fight". This was the name of the Roman goddess of war, a companion of Mars.
BELPHOEBEfLiterature
Combination of belle "beautiful" and the name PHOEBE. This name was first used by Edmund Spenser in his poem 'The Faerie Queene' (1590).
BENEDETTAfItalian
Italian feminine form of BENEDICT.
BENEDICTAfLate Roman
Feminine form of Benedictus (see BENEDICT).
BÉNÉDICTEfFrench
French feminine form of BENEDICT.
BENEDIKTAfGerman (Rare)
German feminine form of BENEDICT.
BENEDIKTEfDanish, Norwegian
Danish and Norwegian feminine form of BENEDICT.
BENEDITAfPortuguese
Portuguese feminine form of BENEDICT.
BENEDYKTAfPolish
Polish feminine form of BENEDICT.
BENGTAfSwedish
Swedish feminine form of BENEDICT.
BENITAfSpanish
Feminine form of BENITO.
BENJAMINEfFrench
French feminine form of BENJAMIN.
BENOÎTEfFrench
French feminine form of BENEDICT.
BENTEfDanish, Norwegian, Dutch
Danish feminine form of BENEDICT.
BERACHAfHebrew
Variant transcription of BRACHA.
BERENGARIAfAncient Germanic (Latinized)
Latinized feminine form of BERENGAR. This name was borne by a 13th-century queen of Castile.
BÉRÉNICEfFrench
French form of BERENICE.
BERENICEfEnglish, 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.
BERENIKEfAncient Greek
Ancient Macedonian form of BERENICE.
BEREZIfBasque
Means "special" in Basque.
BERGLJÓTfAncient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of BERGLJOT.
BERGLJOTfNorwegian
From the Old Norse name Bergljót, which was composed of the elements berg "protection, help" and ljótr "light".
BERHANEm & fEastern African, Amharic
Means "my light" in Amharic.
BERJOUHIfArmenian
Variant transcription of PERCHUHI.
BERLINfVarious
From the name of the city in Germany, which is of uncertain meaning.
BERMETfKyrgyz
Means "pearl" in Kyrgyz.
BERNAfTurkish
Means "young" in Turkish.
BERNADETTfHungarian
Hungarian form of BERNADETTE.
BERNADETTEfFrench, 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.
BERNADINEfEnglish
Feminine form of BERNARD.
BERNARDETTAfItalian
Italian feminine form of BERNARD.
BERNARDINAfItalian
Italian feminine diminutive of BERNARDO.
BERNARDINEfFrench (Rare)
French feminine form of BERNARD.
BERNARDITAfSpanish
Spanish feminine form of BERNARD.
BERNETTAfEnglish
Diminutive of BERENICE.
BERNICEfEnglish, 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.
BERNIEm & fEnglish
Diminutive of BERNARD, BERNADETTE, BERNICE, and other names beginning with Bern.
BERNYm & fEnglish
Variant of BERNIE.
BERRAKfTurkish
Means "clear" in Turkish.
BERRY (2)fEnglish (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.
BERTHAfGerman, 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.
BERTHEfFrench
French form of BERTHA.
BERTIEm & fEnglish
Diminutive of ALBERT, HERBERT, and other names containing bert (often derived from the Germanic element beraht meaning "bright").
BERTILLEfFrench
French diminutive of BERTHA.
BERTINAfEnglish
Feminine form of BERT.
BERYLfEnglish
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.
BESSfEnglish
Diminutive of ELIZABETH.
BESSIEfEnglish
Diminutive of ELIZABETH.
BESTEfTurkish
Means "melody" in Turkish.
BETfFrisian, Limburgish
Frisian and Limburgish short form of ELISABETH.