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This is a list of names in which the gender is feminine; and the first letter is B.
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BAAKOm & fWestern African, Akan
Means "first born child" in Akan.
French diminutive of ELIZABETH.
BABIRYEfEastern African, Ganda
Means "first of twins" in Luganda.
Diminutive of BARBARA.
BADRm & fArabic
Means "full moon" in Arabic.
BAHARfPersian, Turkish
Means "spring" in Persian and Turkish.
Derived from Turkmen bahar meaning "spring" and gül meaning "flower, rose" (both roots ultimately of Persian origin).
Variant transcription of BAHIJA.
Means "happy" in Arabic.
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 .
Means "white" in Yiddish.
BAILEYm & fEnglish
From a surname derived from Middle English baili meaning "bailiff", originally denoting one who was a bailiff.
Irish form of BARBARA.
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.
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.
Czech diminutive of BARBORA.
Croatian short form of BARBARA.
Scottish form of BARBARA.
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.
Georgian form of BARBARA.
German diminutive of BARBARA.
Diminutive of BARBARA.
BARBORAfCzech, Slovak, Lithuanian
Czech, Slovak and Lithuanian form of BARBARA.
Swedish form of BARBARA.
Croatian diminutive of BARBARA.
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.
Diminutive of BATYAH.
BASIA (1)fPolish
Polish diminutive of BARBARA.
BASIA (2)fHebrew
Diminutive of BATYAH.
Feminine form of BASIM.
Feminine form of BASIR.
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.
Diminutive of BATYAH.
Means "goddess" in Indonesian.
Means "daughter of God" in Hebrew.
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.
Hebrew variant of BATHSHEBA.
Means "virgin" in Arabic. This is an Arabic epithet of the Virgin Mary.
Modern Hebrew variant of BITHIAH.
Modern Hebrew variant of BITHIAH.
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.
Feminine form of BEATHAN.
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.
Latvian form of BEATRIX.
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.
Polish form of BEATRIX.
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.
Short form of REBECCA.
Short form of REBECCA.
Short form of REBECCA.
Diminutive of REBECCA.
Irish diminutive of BRIDGET.
Derived from Georgian ბედი (bedi) meaning "fate".
Short form of BEATRIX and other names beginning with B.
Turkish form of BAHIYYA.
Modern form of BÉBINN.
Diminutive of ISEABAIL.
Scottish form of BEATRICE.
Derived from the old Slavic word белъ (belu) meaning "white".
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".
Means "clear" in Turkish.
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).
Portuguese diminutive of ISABEL.
Short form of ISABELLA and other names ending in bella. It is also associated with the Italian word bella meaning "beautiful".
Means "female warrior" in Latin. This is the name of the star that marks the left shoulder of the constellation Orion.
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.
Combination of belle "beautiful" and the name PHOEBE. This name was first used by Edmund Spenser in his poem 'The Faerie Queene' (1590).
Italian feminine form of BENEDICT.
Feminine form of Benedictus (see BENEDICT).
French feminine form of BENEDICT.
BENEDIKTAfGerman (Rare)
German feminine form of BENEDICT.
BENEDIKTEfDanish, Norwegian
Danish and Norwegian feminine form of BENEDICT.
Portuguese feminine form of BENEDICT.
Polish feminine form of BENEDICT.
Swedish feminine form of BENEDICT.
Feminine form of BENITO.
French feminine form of BENJAMIN.
French feminine form of BENEDICT.
BENTEfDanish, Norwegian, Dutch
Danish feminine form of BENEDICT.
Variant transcription of BRACHA.
BERENGARIAfAncient Germanic (Latinized)
Latinized feminine form of BERENGAR. This name was borne by a 13th-century queen of Castile.
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.
Means "special" in Basque.
BERGLJÓTfAncient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of BERGLJOT.
From the Old Norse name Bergljót, which was composed of the elements berg "protection, help" and ljótr "light".
BERHANEm & fEastern African, Amharic
Means "light" in Amharic.
Variant transcription of PERCHUHI.
From the name of the city in Germany, which is of uncertain meaning.
Means "pearl" in Kyrgyz.
Means "young" in Turkish.
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.
Feminine form of BERNARD.
Italian feminine form of BERNARD.
Italian feminine diminutive of BERNARDO.
BERNARDINEfFrench (Rare)
French feminine form of BERNARD.
Spanish feminine form of BERNARD.
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.
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.
French form of BERTHA.
BERTIEm & fEnglish
Diminutive of ALBERT, HERBERT, and other names containing bert (often derived from the Germanic element beraht meaning "bright").
French diminutive of BERTHA.
Feminine form of BERT.
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.
Diminutive of ELIZABETH.
Diminutive of ELIZABETH.
Means "melody" in Turkish.
BETfFrisian, Limburgish
Frisian and Limburgish short form of ELISABETH.
Short form of ELIZABETH, or sometimes BETHANY.
Welsh diminutive of ELIZABETH.
BETHÂNIAfPortuguese (Brazilian)
Portuguese variant form of BETHANY.
BETHANIAfSpanish (Latin American)
Spanish variant form of BETHANY.
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.
BETHARIfIndonesian, Javanese
Javanese form of BATARI.
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.
Macedonian diminutive of ELISAVETA.
BETJEfDutch, Limburgish
Dutch and Limburgish diminutive of ELISABETH.
BETONYfEnglish (Rare)
From the name of the minty medicinal herb.
Welsh form of BEATRICE.
Diminutive of ELIZABETH.
Diminutive of ELIZABETH. A famous bearer was American actress Bette Davis (1908-1989).
Diminutive of ELIZABETH.
Diminutive of ELIZABETH.
Variant of BETTY.
Turkish form of BATUL.
BEULAHfBiblical, 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.
Short form of BEVERLY.
BEVERLYf & mEnglish
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).
Anglicized form of BÉBINN.
Diminutive of BAILA.
Means "very white" in Turkish.
BHAVANAfIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Malayalam
Means "producing, manifesting" in Sanskrit.
BHAVNAfIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Malayalam
Variant transcription of BHAVANA.
Means "earth, soil" in Sanskrit. This is the name of a Hindu earth goddess. She is the wife of Varaha, an avatar of Vishnu.
Diminutive of BEATRIZ.
BIANCAfItalian, Romanian
Italian cognate of BLANCHE. Shakespeare used characters named Bianca in 'Taming of the Shrew' (1593) and 'Othello' (1603).
BIANKAfGerman, Hungarian, Polish
German, Hungarian and Polish form of BIANCA.
BIBIANAfItalian, Spanish, Late Roman
Possibly an early variant of VIVIANA. Alternatively, it may be a feminine derivative of the earlier Roman cognomen VIBIANUS.
Means "nightingale" in Kazakh.
Derived from Hungarian bíbor meaning "purple".
Short form of BEATRICE.
From Sino-Vietnamese (bích) meaning "bluish green".
Means "way" in Basque.
BIDDYfIrish, English
Diminutive of BRIDGET.
Diminutive of BRIDGET.
Derived from Spanish bienvenido meaning "welcome".
Means "heart" in Basque.
Means "most good" in Turkish.
Means "jewel" in French.
BILAfBiblical Italian
Italian form of BILHAH.
BİLGEm & fTurkish
Means "wise" in Turkish.
BILHAfBiblical German, Biblical French, Biblical Spanish, Biblical Dutch
German, French, Spanish and Dutch form of BILHAH.
BILHAHfBiblical, 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.
BILJANAfSerbian, Macedonian, Croatian
Meaning uncertain, possibly derived from the South Slavic word биље (bilje) meaning "herb".
BILLIEm & fEnglish
Diminutive of BILL. It is also used as a feminine form of WILLIAM.
Bulgarian form of BILJANA.
Diminutive of BELINDA.
BINE (1)fDanish
Short form of JACOBINE.
BÌNHm & fVietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (bình) meaning "level, even, peaceful".
BIRGITfDanish, Swedish, Norwegian, German
Scandinavian variant of BIRGITTA.
BIRGITTAfSwedish, 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.
Faroese form of BRIDGET.
Danish diminutive of BIRGITTA.
Danish diminutive of BIRGITTA.
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.
BISERAfBulgarian, Macedonian
Derived from the South Slavic word бисер (biser) "pearl" (ultimately of Arabic origin).
BISERKAfCroatian, Serbian
Croatian and Serbian form of BISERA.
BISTRAfBulgarian, Macedonian
Means "clean, pure" in Bulgarian and Macedonian.
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.
BITUINfFilipino, Tagalog
Means "star" in Tagalog.
BJÖRGfAncient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of BJØRG.
Derived from Old Norse björg meaning "help, save, rescue".
Means "birch tree" in Icelandic.
Manx form of BLÁTHNAT.
Feminine form of BLAGOY.
Derived from South Slavic благ (blag) meaning "sweet, pleasant, blessed".
BLAGORODNAfMacedonian, Bulgarian
Means "noble" in Macedonian and Bulgarian.
BLAIRm & fScottish, English
From a Scottish surname which is derived from Gaelic blár meaning "plain, field, battlefield".
Variant of BLÁTHNAT using a different diminutive suffix.
BLANCAfSpanish, Catalan
Spanish and Catalan cognate of BLANCHE.
BLANCHEfFrench, 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.
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.
Anglicized form of BLÁTHNAT.
BLÁTHNATfIrish, 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.
Croatian feminine form of BLAŽ.
Means "flower" in Cornish.
Derived from Albanian blertë meaning "green".
BLODEUWEDDfWelsh, 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.
Means "flower" in Welsh.
Means "white flowers" from Welsh blodau "flowers" combined with gwen "white, fair, blessed".
BLONDIEfEnglish (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.
From the English word blossom, ultimately from Old English blóstm. It came into use as a rare given name in the 19th century.
Means "flower" in Yiddish.
BLYTHEf & mEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which meant "cheerful" in Old English.
BO (2)m & fChinese
From Chinese () meaning "wave", as well as other characters with a similar pronunciation.
Diminutive of ROBERTA or BARBARA.
BOBBIEf & mEnglish
Variant of BOBBY. As a feminine name it can be a diminutive of ROBERTA or BARBARA.
BODILfSwedish, Norwegian, Danish
From the Old Norse name Bóthildr, derived from bót "remedy" and hildr "battle".
Means "buttercup" in Hungarian, derived from the archaic word boglár meaning "ornament".
Polish feminine form of BOGDAN.
Feminine form of BOGUMIŁ.
Feminine form of BOGUSŁAW.
Czech feminine form of BOGUMIŁ.
BOHUSLAVAfCzech, Ukrainian
Feminine form of BOHUSLAV.
BOIPELOm & fSouthern African, Tswana
Means "proud" in Tswana.
BOITUMELOf & mSouthern African, Tswana
Means "joy" in Tswana.
BOLANLEfWestern African, Yoruba
Means "finds wealth at home" in Yoruba.
BOLESLAVAfCzech (Rare), Russian (Rare)
Czech and Russian feminine form of BOLESŁAW.
Means "crystal mother" in Mongolian.
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.
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.
BONOLOfSouthern African, Sotho
Means "ease" in Sotho.
BONTUfEastern African, Oromo
Means "proud" in Oromo.
Means "flower" in Khmer, ultimately from Pali.
BORA (2)fAlbanian
Derived from Albanian borë meaning "snow".
BORA (3)fKorean
Means "purple" in Korean.
Hungarian variant of BARBARA.
BORGHILDfNorwegian, Norse Mythology
Derived from the Old Norse elements borg "fortification" and hildr "battle". In Norse mythology she was the wife of Sigmund.
Icelandic form of BORGHILD.
BORNAm & fCroatian
Derived from the Slavic element borti meaning "fight, battle".
Means "juniper" in Hungarian.
BOSEDEfWestern African, Yoruba
Means "born on Sunday" in Yoruba.
Hebrew variant of BASEMATH.
Means "lotus" in Khmer.
BOUDICCAfAncient Celtic
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.
Bulgarian form of BOJANA.
Feminine form of BOYKO.
BOŽENAfCzech, Slovak, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian
Derived from the Slavic element bozy meaning "divine".
Polish cognate of BOŽENA.
BOZHENAfMedieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic form of BOŽENA.
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