Masculine Names

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BELSHAZZARmBabylonian (Anglicized), Biblical
From בֵּלְשַׁאצַּר (Belshatzzar), the Hebrew form of the Akkadian name Bel-sharra-usur meaning "BEL protect the king". This was the name of the son of Nabonidus, the last king of the Babylonian Empire before 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)mEnglish, German, Dutch
Short form of BENJAMIN or BENEDICT. A notable bearer was Ben Jonson (1572-1637), an English poet and playwright.
BEN (2)mDutch
Short form of BERNHARD and other Germanic names beginning with the element bern meaning "bear".
BENAIAHmBiblical
From the Hebrew name בְּנָיָהוּ (Benayahu) meaning "YAHWEH has built". This is the name of numerous Old Testament characters.
BEÑATmBasque
Basque form of BERNARD.
BENCEmHungarian
Hungarian form of VINCENT. It is also used as a short form of BENEDEK.
BENDEGÚZmHungarian
Hungarian variant of the Turkic name Mundzuk, possibly from mončuq meaning "jewel, bead". This was the name of Attila the Hun's father.
BENDIKSmLatvian
Latvian form of Benedictus (see BENEDICT).
BENDTmDanish
Danish form of BENEDICT.
BENEDEKmHungarian
Hungarian form of Benedictus (see BENEDICT).
BENEDETTOmItalian
Italian form of Benedictus (see BENEDICT).
BENEDICTmEnglish
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.
BENEDICTUSmLate Roman, Dutch
Original Latin form of BENEDICT, as well as the modern Dutch form.
BENEDIKTmGerman, Russian, Icelandic, Czech
Form of Benedictus (see BENEDICT).
BENEDIKTASmLithuanian
Lithuanian form of Benedictus (see BENEDICT).
BENEDITOmPortuguese
Portuguese form of Benedictus (see BENEDICT).
BENEDYKTmPolish
Polish form of Benedictus (see BENEDICT).
BENESHmYiddish
Yiddish form of BENEDICT.
BENGTmSwedish
Swedish form of BENEDICT.
BENIAMINmRomanian, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Romanian form of BENJAMIN, as well as the form used in the Greek and Latin Bibles.
BENIAMINOmItalian
Italian form of BENJAMIN.
BENIGNOmItalian, 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.
BENIGNUSmLate Roman
Late Latin form of BENIGNO.
BENITOmSpanish, 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.
BENJmEnglish
Short form of BENJAMIN.
BENJAMIMmPortuguese
Portuguese form of BENJAMIN.
BENJÁMINmHungarian
Hungarian form of BENJAMIN.
BENJAMÍNmSpanish, Czech, Slovak, Icelandic
Spanish, Czech, Slovak and Icelandic form of BENJAMIN.
BENJAMINmEnglish, 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", from the roots בֵּן (ben) meaning "son" and יָמִין (yamin) meaning "right hand, south". 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-'oni) meaning "son of my sorrow" by his mother Rachel, who died shortly after childbirth, but it was later changed by his father (see Genesis 35:18).... [more]
BENJAMINASmLithuanian
Lithuanian form of BENJAMIN.
BENJImEnglish
Diminutive of BENJAMIN.
BENJYmEnglish
Diminutive of BENJAMIN.
BENNETTmEnglish
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.
BENNIEmEnglish
Diminutive of BENJAMIN or BENEDICT.
BENNOmGerman
Short form of German names containing the element bern "bear".
BENNYmEnglish
Diminutive of BENJAMIN or BENEDICT.
BENOÎTmFrench
French form of BENEDICT.
BENSONmEnglish
From a surname which originally meant "son of BENEDICT".
BENT (1)mDanish
Danish form of BENEDICT.
BENT (2)mFrisian
Frisian variant of BEN (2).
BENTLEYmEnglish
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.
BENTOmPortuguese
Portuguese short form of BENEDITO.
BENTONmEnglish
From a surname which was derived from a place name, composed of Old English beonet "bent grass" and tun "enclosure".
BENVENUTOmItalian
Means "welcome" in Italian. A famous bearer was the Italian Renaissance sculptor and writer Benvenuto Cellini (1500-1571).
BEORHTRICmAnglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English elements beorht "bright" and ric "power, rule".
BEORHTSIGEmAnglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English elements beorht "bright" and sige "victory".
BEORNRÆDmAnglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English elements beorn "warrior, man" and ræd "counsel".
BEOWULFmAnglo-Saxon Mythology
Possibly means "bee wolf" (in effect equal to "bear") from Old English beo "bee" and wulf "wolf". Alternatively, the first element may be beadu "battle". This is the name of the main character in the anonymous 8th-century epic poem 'Beowulf'. Set in Denmark, the poem tells how he slays the monster Grendel and its mother at the request of King Hroðgar. After this Beowulf becomes the king of the Geats. The conclusion of the poem tells how Beawulf, in his old age, slays a dragon but is himself mortally wounded in the act.
BEPPEmItalian
Diminutive of GIUSEPPE.
BÈRmLimburgish
Variant of BAER.
BERmYiddish
Means "bear" in Yiddish, a vernacular form of Dov.
BERACHmIrish
Derived from Gaelic biorach meaning "sharp". This was the name of a 6th-century Irish saint.
BERAHTHRABANmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of BERTRAM, using an extended form of the second element.
BERAHTHRAMmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of BERTRAM.
BERARDmAncient 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.
BERARDOmItalian
Italian form of BERARD.
BERATmTurkish
Possibly from Turkish berat meaning "letters patent".
BERENGARmAncient 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.
BÉRENGERmFrench
French form of BERENGAR.
BERENGUERmCatalan
Catalan form of BERENGAR.
BERHANEm & fEastern African, Amharic
Means "my light" in Amharic.
BERHANUmEastern African, Amharic
Means "his light" in Amharic.
BERHTOALDmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of BERTHOLD.
BERINHARDmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of BERNARD.
BERISLAVmCroatian, Medieval Slavic
Derived from the Slavic elements birati "to take, to gather" (in an inflected form) and slava "glory".
BERKmTurkish
Means "solid, firm, strong" in Turkish.
BERKANTmTurkish
Means "solid oath" in Turkish.
BERKERmTurkish
Means "solid man" in Turkish.
BERKOmWestern African, Akan
Means "first born" in Akan.
BERNARDmEnglish, 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).
BERNARDOmItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of BERNARD.
BERNÁTmHungarian
Hungarian form of BERNARD.
BERNATmCatalan
Catalan form of BERNARD.
BERNDmGerman
Short form of BERNHARD.
BERNHARDmGerman, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Ancient Germanic
German, Dutch and Scandinavian form of BERNARD.
BERNIEm & fEnglish
Diminutive of BERNARD, BERNADETTE, BERNICE, and other names beginning with Bern.
BERNTmSwedish, Norwegian, Danish
Scandinavian form of BERNARD.
BERNYm & fEnglish
Variant of BERNIE.
BERTmEnglish, German, Dutch
Short form of ALBERT and other names containing the element bert, often derived from the Germanic element beraht meaning "bright".
BERTALANmHungarian
Hungarian form of BARTHOLOMEW.
BERTHOLDmGerman
Means "bright ruler" from the Germanic element beraht "bright" combined with wald "rule".
BERTIEm & fEnglish
Diminutive of ALBERT, HERBERT, and other names containing bert (often derived from the Germanic element beraht meaning "bright").
BERTILmSwedish, Norwegian, Danish
Scandinavian form of BERTILO or BERTHOLD.
BERTILOmAncient Germanic
Originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element beraht meaning "bright, famous".
BERTOmItalian, Spanish
Short form of ROBERTO, ALBERTO, and other names containing bert (often derived from the Germanic element beraht meaning "bright").
BERTÓKmHungarian
Hungarian diminutive of BERTALAN and other names beginning with Bert.
BERTOLDOmItalian
Italian form of BERTHOLD.
BERTRAMmEnglish, 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).
BERTRANDmFrench, 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).
BERTRANDOmItalian
Italian form of BERTRAND.
BERWYNmWelsh
Means "white head" from the Welsh elements barr "head" and wyn "white".
BESARIONmGeorgian
Georgian form of BESSARION.
BESNIKmAlbanian
Means "faithful" in Albanian.
BESOmGeorgian
Short form of BESARION.
BESSARIONmLate 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.
BETELGEUSEmAstronomy
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).
BETHUELmBiblical
Possibly means "God destroys" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of the father of Rebecca.
BETTINOmItalian
Diminutive of BENEDETTO.
BEVANmWelsh
From a Welsh surname which was derived from ap Evan meaning "son of EVAN".
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).
BEVISmEnglish (Rare)
From an English surname which is possibly derived from the name of the French town Beauvais.
BHALTAIRmScottish
Scottish form of WALTER.
BHARATmIndian, Hindi, Marathi
Modern form of BHARATA.
BHARATAmHinduism
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.
BHARATHmTamil, Indian, Malayalam, Telugu
Southern Indian form of BHARATA.
BHASKARAmHinduism
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.
BHÀTAIRmScottish
Scottish form of WALTER.
BHIMAmHinduism
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.
BIAGINOmItalian
Diminutive of BIAGIO.
BIAGIOmItalian
Italian form of BLAISE.
BIBEKmNepali, Bengali
Nepali and Bengali form of VIVEK.
BIDZIILmNative American, Navajo
Means "he is strong" in Navajo.
BIDZINAmGeorgian
Possibly from Georgian ბიძა (bidza) meaning "uncle". This was the name of a 17th-century Georgian saint and martyr.
BIEITOmGalician
Galician form of BENEDICT.
BIELmCatalan
Catalan short form of GABRIEL.
BIFFmEnglish (Rare)
From a nickname which was based on the English word biff, which means "punch, hit, strike".
BIJAYmBengali
Bengali form of VIJAYA.
BIJOYmBengali
Variant transcription of BIJAY.
BIKENDImBasque
Basque form of VINCENT.
BİLALmTurkish
Turkish form of BILAL.
BILALmArabic, Urdu
Means "wetting, moistening" in Arabic. This was the name of a companion of the Prophet Muhammad.
BILBOmLiterature
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.
BILEmIrish 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.
BİLGEm & fTurkish
Means "wise" in Turkish.
BILLmEnglish
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-).
BILLIEm & fEnglish
Diminutive of BILL. It is also used as a feminine form of WILLIAM.
BILLYmEnglish
Diminutive of BILL. A notable bearer was the American outlaw Billy the Kid (1859-1881), whose real name was William H. Bonney.
BIMAmIndonesian
Indonesian form of BHIMA.
BINAYmBengali
Bengali form of VINAY.
BINE (2)mSlovene
Diminutive of ALBIN.
BÌNHm & fVietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (bình) meaning "level, even, peaceful".
BINYAMINmHebrew, Arabic, Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew and Arabic form of BENJAMIN.
BIONmAncient Greek
Ancient Greek name derived from βιος (bios) meaning "life".
BIRGERmSwedish, Norwegian, Danish
From the Old Norse name Birgir, probably derived from bjarga meaning "help, save, rescue".
BIRGIRmAncient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of BIRGER.
BISHALmNepali, Bengali
Nepali and Bengali form of VISHAL.
BISHOPmEnglish
Either from the English occupational surname, or else directly from the English word. It is ultimately derived from Greek επισκοπος (episkopos) "overseer".
BITTORmBasque
Basque form of VICTOR.
BJARKEmDanish
Danish diminutive of BJØRN.
BJARNImAncient Scandinavian, Icelandic, Faroese
Old Norse diminutive of BJÖRN and other names containing the element björn meaning "bear".
BJARTEmNorwegian
From the Old Norse byname Bjartr, which meant "bright".
BJARTURmIcelandic
Icelandic form of Bjartr (see BJARTE).
BJÖRNmSwedish, Icelandic, German, Ancient Scandinavian
From an Old Norse byname meaning "bear".
BJØRNmNorwegian, Danish
Danish and Norwegian form of BJÖRN.
BJÖRNEmSwedish
Diminutive of BJÖRN.
BLAGOmCroatian
Croatian form of BLAGOY.
BLAGOJmMacedonian
Macedonian form of BLAGOY.
BLAGOJEmSerbian, Croatian
Serbian and Croatian form of BLAGOY.
BLAGOYmBulgarian
Derived from South Slavic благ (blag) meaning "sweet, pleasant, blessed".
BLAGUNmBulgarian, Macedonian
Derived from South Slavic благ (blag) meaning "sweet, pleasant, blessed".
BLAINEmEnglish
From a Scottish surname which was derived from the given name Bláán, which meant "yellow" in Gaelic. Saint Bláán was a 6th-century missionary to the Picts.
BLAIRm & fScottish, English
From a Scottish surname which is derived from Gaelic blár meaning "plain, field, battlefield".
BLAISEmFrench
From the Roman name Blasius which meant "lisping" from Latin blaesus. A famous bearer was the French mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal (1623-1662).
BLAKEmEnglish
From a surname which 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).
BLANCHARDmAncient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements blanc meaning "white" and hard meaning "brave, hardy".
BLANDINUSmAncient Roman
Roman cognomen which was a derivative of BLANDUS.
BLANDUSmAncient Roman
Roman cognomen which meant "charming" in Latin.
BLASmSpanish
Spanish form of BLAISE.
BLASIUSmAncient Roman
Original Latin form of BLAISE.
BLAŽmSlovene, Croatian
Slovene and Croatian form of BLAISE. It may also be derived from the Slavic element blagu meaning "sweet, pleasant, blessed".
BLAZEmEnglish (Modern)
Modern variant of BLAISE influenced by the English word blaze.
BŁAŻEJmPolish
Polish form of BLAISE.
BLAŽEJmCzech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak form of BLAISE.
BLAZHmMedieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic name derived from the Slavic element blagu meaning "sweet, pleasant, blessed".
BLAZHEmMacedonian
Derived from the Slavic element blagu meaning "sweet, pleasant, blessed".
BLEDAmHistory
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.
BLEDDYNmWelsh
From Welsh blaidd "wolf" combined with a diminutive suffix. This was the name of an 11th-century king of Gwynedd and Powys.
BLONGmHmong
Means "leaf" in Hmong.
BLYTHEf & mEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which meant "cheerful" in Old English.
BO (1)mSwedish, Danish
From the Old Norse byname Búi which was derived from Old Norse bua meaning "to live".
BO (2)m & fChinese
From Chinese () meaning "wave", as well as other characters with a similar pronunciation.
BOAVENTURAmPortuguese
Portuguese form of BONAVENTURA.
BOAZmBiblical, Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Means "swiftness" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of the man who marries Ruth.
BOBmEnglish, 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).
BOBBIEf & mEnglish
Variant of BOBBY. As a feminine name it can be a diminutive of ROBERTA or BARBARA.
BOBBYmEnglish
Diminutive of BOB. Hockey greats Bobby Hull (1939-) and Bobby Orr (1948-) have borne this name.
BODAmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of BODE.
BODEmLow German
From the Germanic element bodo meaning "command, order".
BOELEmDutch
Possibly a Dutch form of BALDO.
BOGDANmPolish, Russian, Slovene, Bulgarian, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, Romanian, Medieval Slavic
Means "given by God" from the Slavic elements bogu "god" and dan "given".
BOGHOSmArmenian
Western Armenian transcription of POGHOS.
BOGOMILmBulgarian, Macedonian
Bulgarian and Macedonian form of BOGUMIŁ.
BOGOMIRmSlovene
Slovene form of BOHUMÍR.
BOGUMILmMedieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic form of BOGUMIŁ.
BOGUMIŁmPolish
Means "favoured by God" from the Slavic elements bogu "god" and milu "gracious, dear".
BOGUMIRmMedieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic form of BOHUMÍR.
BOGUSLAVmMedieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic form of BOGUSŁAW.
BOGUSŁAWmPolish
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.
BOHDANmCzech, Ukrainian
Czech and Ukrainian form of BOGDAN.
BOHUMILmCzech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak form of BOGUMIŁ.
BOHUMÍRmCzech, Slovak
Derived from the Slavic element bogu "god" combined with meru "great, famous" or miru "peace, world".
BOHUSLAVmCzech, Slovak, Ukrainian
Czech, Slovak and Ukrainian form of BOGUSŁAW.
BOIPELOm & fSouthern African, Tswana
Means "proud" in Tswana.
BOITUMELOf & mSouthern African, Tswana
Means "joy" in Tswana.
BOJANmSerbian, Croatian, Slovene, Macedonian
Derived from the Slavic element boji meaning "battle". This was the name of a 9th-century Bulgarian saint.
BOJIDARmBulgarian
Variant transcription of BOZHIDAR.
BOLATmKazakh
From a Turkic word meaning "steel", ultimately from Persian.
BOLDIZSÁRmHungarian
Hungarian form of BALTHAZAR.
BOLEKmPolish
Diminutive of BOLESŁAW.
BOLESLAVmCzech, Russian, Medieval Slavic
Czech and Russian form of BOLESŁAW.
BOLESŁAWmPolish
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.
BOLÍVARmSpanish (Latin American)
From a surname which 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.
BONACCORSOmItalian (Rare)
From a medieval Italian name derived from bono "good" and accorso "haste, rush, help".
BONAVENTURAmItalian
Means "good fortune" in Italian. Saint Bonaventura was a 13th-century Franciscan monk who is considered a Doctor of the Church.
BONGANImSouthern African, Zulu
Means "grateful, thankful" in Zulu.
BONIFAASmDutch
Dutch form of Bonifatius (see BONIFACE).
BONIFÁCmCzech (Rare), Hungarian (Rare)
Czech and Hungarian form of Bonifatius (see BONIFACE).
BONIFACEmFrench, 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.
BONIFACIOmItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of Bonifatius (see BONIFACE).
BONIFACYmPolish
Polish form of Bonifatius (see BONIFACE).
BONIFAZmGerman (Rare)
German form of Bonifatius (see BONIFACE).
BONITUSmLate Roman
Derived from a diminutive of Latin bonus meaning "good". This was the name of a 7th-century century saint, a bishop of Auvergne.
BOOKERmEnglish
From an English occupational surname meaning "maker of books". A famous bearer was Booker T. Washington (1856-1915), an African-American leader.
BOOSmBiblical Greek
Form of BOAZ used in the Greek Old Testament.
BOOZmBiblical Latin
Form of BOAZ used in the Latin Old Testament.
BORmSlovene
Short form of names containing bor, such as BORISLAV or BORIS. It is also a South Slavic word meaning "pine tree".
BORA (1)mTurkish
Means "storm, squall" in Turkish, ultimately related to Greek Βορεας (Boreas), the name of the god of the north wind.
BORANmTurkish
Means "thunderstorm" in Turkish.
BORISmBulgarian, Russian, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian, 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.
BORISLAVmBulgarian, Serbian, Croatian, Slovene, Russian, Medieval Slavic
Derived from the Slavic element borti "battle" combined with slava "glory".
BORISUmMedieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic form of BORIS, probably ultimately of Turkic origin.
BORIVOImMedieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic form of BOŘIVOJ.
BOŘIVOJmCzech
Derived from the Slavic elements borti "battle" and voji "soldier". This name was borne by a 9th-century duke of Bohemia.
BORIVOJmSerbian, Croatian
Serbian and Croatian form of BOŘIVOJ.
BORIVOJEmSerbian
Serbian form of BOŘIVOJ.
BÖRJEmSwedish
Variant of BIRGER.
BORKOmCroatian, Serbian, Macedonian
Derived from the Slavic element borti meaning "fight, battle".
BORNAm & fCroatian
Derived from the Slavic element borti meaning "fight, battle".
BOROmCroatian, Serbian
Diminutive of BORISLAV or BORIS.
BORUTmSlovene
Diminutive of BORIS.
BORYAmRussian
Diminutive of BORIS.
BORYSmPolish, Ukrainian
Polish and Ukrainian form of BORIS.
BOSSEmSwedish
Swedish diminutive of BO (1).
BOŠTJANmSlovene
Short form of SEBASTJAN.
BOTONDmHungarian
Means "stick, mace" in Hungarian.
BOTROSmArabic, Coptic
Variant transcription of BUTRUS.
BOUDEWIJNmDutch
Dutch form of BALDWIN.
BOULOSmArabic
Variant transcription of BULUS.
BOUTROSmArabic, Coptic
Variant transcription of BUTRUS.
BOYANmBulgarian
Bulgarian form of BOJAN.
BOYCEmEnglish
From a surname which was derived from Old French bois "wood".
BOYDmScottish, English
From a Scottish surname which was possibly derived from the name of the island of Bute.
BOYKOmBulgarian
Originally a diminutive of names containing the Slavic element boji meaning "battle".
BOŽAmSerbian
Diminutive of BOŽIDAR.
BOZHIDARmBulgarian, Macedonian, Medieval Slavic
Bulgarian and Macedonian form of BOŽIDAR.
BOZHOmMedieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic form of BOŽO.
BOŽIDARmSerbian, Croatian, Slovene
Means "divine gift" from the Slavic elements bozy "divine" and daru "gift".
BOŽOmCroatian, Serbian, Slovene
Originally a diminutive of BOŽIDAR and other names beginning with the Slavic element bozy meaning "divine".
BOŻYDARmPolish
Polish cognate of BOŽIDAR.
BRAAMmDutch, Limburgish
Dutch and Limburgish short form of ABRAHAM.
BRADmEnglish
Short form of BRADLEY, BRADFORD, and other names beginning with Brad. A famous bearer is American actor Brad Pitt (1963-).
BRÁDACHmIrish
Possibly derived from a Gaelic word meaning "large-chested".
BRADÁNmAncient Irish
Derived from Irish Gaelic meaning "salmon".
BRADENmEnglish, Irish
From an Irish surname which was derived from Ó Bradáin meaning "descendant of BRADÁN".
BRADFORDmEnglish
From a surname which originally came from a place name that meant "broad ford" in Old English.
BRADLEYmEnglish
From a surname which originally came from a place name meaning "broad clearing" in Old English. A famous bearer of the surname was the World War II American general Omar Bradley (1893-1981).
BRADYmEnglish, Irish
From an Irish surname which was derived from Ó Brádaigh meaning "descendant of BRÁDACH".
BRAHIMmArabic (Maghrebi)
North African short form of IBRAHIM.
BRAHMAmHinduism
Means "growth, expansion, creation" in Sanskrit. The Hindu god Brahma is the creator and director of the universe, the balance between the opposing forces of Vishnu and Shiva. He is often depicted with four heads and four arms.
BRAIDYm & fEnglish (Rare)
Variant of BRADY.
BRAISmGalician
Galician form of BLAISE.
BRAITHmEnglish (Australian)
Meaning uncertain, perhaps from Welsh brith, braith meaning "speckled".
BRAMmEnglish, Dutch
Short form of ABRAHAM. This name was borne by Bram Stoker (1847-1912), the Irish author who wrote 'Dracula'.
BRAN (1)mIrish, Irish Mythology
Means "raven" in Irish. In Irish legend Bran was a mariner who was involved in several adventures.
BRAN (2)mWelsh, Welsh Mythology
Means "raven" in Welsh. In Welsh legend Bran the Blessed (called also Bendigeid Vran) was the son of the god Llyr. Later Welsh legends describe him as a king of Britain who was killed attacking Ireland.
BRANDmEnglish (Rare)
From a surname, a variant of BRANT.
BRANDOmAncient Germanic
Germanic name derived from the element brand meaning "sword".
BRANDONmEnglish
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "hill covered with broom" in Old English. It is sometimes also used as a variant of BRENDAN.
BRANDRmAncient Scandinavian
Old Norse byname meaning "sword" or "fire".
BRANDTmEnglish
From a surname, a variant of BRANT.
BRANIMIRmCroatian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Slovene
Derived from the Slavic element borna "protection" combined with miru meaning "peace, world".
BRANNONmEnglish
From an Irish surname derived from Mac Branain, which means "descendant of BRAN (1)".
BRANSONmEnglish (Modern)
From an English surname which meant "son of BRANDR".
BRANTmEnglish
From a surname which was derived from the Old Norse name BRANDR.