Masculine Names

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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.
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.
BÉRENGER   m   French
French form of BERENGAR.
BERENGUER   m   Catalan
Catalan form of BERENGAR.
BERHANU   m   Eastern African, Amharic
Means "light" in Amharic.
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".
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.
BERMUDO   m   Spanish (Archaic)
Spanish form of VEREMUND.
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).
BERNARDINO   m   Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Diminutive of BERNARDO.
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.
BERNHARD   m   German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Ancient Germanic
German, Dutch and Scandinavian form of BERNARD.
BERNIE   m & f   English
Diminutive of BERNARD, BERNADETTE, BERNICE, and other names beginning with Bern.
BERNT   m   Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Scandinavian form of BERNARD.
BERNY   m & f   English
Variant of BERNIE.
BERRY (1)   m   English
Variant of BARRY.
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.
BERTHOLD   m   German (Archaic)
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.
BERTILO   m   Ancient Germanic
Originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element beraht meaning "bright, famous".
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".
BESARION   m   Georgian
Georgian form of BESSARION.
BESNIK   m   Albanian
Means "faithful" in Albanian.
BESO   m   Georgian
Short form of BESARION.
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.
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).
BETHUEL   m   Biblical
Means "man of God" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of the father of Rebecca.
BETTINO   m   Italian
Diminutive of BENEDETTO.
BEVAN   m   Welsh
From a Welsh surname which was derived from ap Evan meaning "son of EVAN".
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).
BEVIS   m   English (Rare)
From an English surname which is possibly derived from the name of the French town Beauvais.
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.
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.
BIAGGIO   m   Italian (Rare)
Variant of BIAGIO.
BIAGINO   m   Italian
Diminutive of BIAGIO.
BIAGIO   m   Italian
Italian form of BLAISE.
BIBEK   m   Nepali, Bengali
Nepali and Bengali form of VIVEK.
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.
BIFF   m   English (Rare)
From a nickname which was based on the English word biff, which means "punch, hit, strike".
BIJAY   m   Bengali
Bengali form of VIJAYA.
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.
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.
BIMA   m   Indonesian
Indonesian form of BHIMA.
BINAY   m   Bengali
Bengali form of VINAY.
BÌNH   m & f   Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (bình) meaning "level, even, peaceful".
BINYAMIN   m   Hebrew, Arabic, Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew and Arabic form of BENJAMIN.
BION   m   Ancient Greek
Ancient Greek name derived from βιος (bios) meaning "life".
BIPIN   m   Indian, Marathi, Hindi
Variant of VIPIN.
BIRGER   m   Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
From the Old Norse name Birgir, probably derived from bjarga meaning "help, save, rescue".
BIRGIR   m   Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of BIRGER.
BISHAL   m   Nepali, Bengali
Nepali and Bengali form of VISHAL.
BISHAN   m   Indian, Hindi
Variant of VISHNU.
BISHOP   m   English
Either from the English occupational surname, or else directly from the English word. It is ultimately derived from Greek επισκοπος (episkopos) "overseer".
BITTOR   m   Basque
Basque form of VICTOR.
BJARKE   m   Danish
Danish diminutive of BJØRN.
BJARNE   m   Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Modern form of BJARNI.
BJARNI   m   Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse diminutive of BJÖRN and other names containing the element björn meaning "bear".
BJARTE   m   Norwegian
From the Old Norse byname Bjartr, which meant "bright".
BJARTR   m   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of BJARTE.
BJARTUR   m   Icelandic
Icelandic form of Bjartr (see BJARTE).
BJOERN   m   Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Variant of BJÖRN or BJØRN.
BJÖRN   m   Swedish, Icelandic, German, Ancient Scandinavian
From an Old Norse byname meaning "bear".
BJØRN   m   Norwegian, Danish
Danish and Norwegian form of BJÖRN.
BJÖRNE   m   Swedish
Diminutive of BJÖRN.
BLAGO   m   Croatian
Croatian form of BLAGOY.
BLAGOJ   m   Macedonian
Macedonian form of BLAGOY.
BLAGOJE   m   Serbian, Croatian
Serbian and Croatian form of BLAGOY.
BLAGOY   m   Bulgarian
Derived from South Slavic благ (blag) meaning "sweet, pleasant, blessed".
BLAGUN   m   Bulgarian, Macedonian
Derived from South Slavic благ (blag) meaning "sweet, pleasant, blessed".
BLAINE   m   English
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.
BLAIR   m & f   Scottish, English
From a Scottish surname which is derived from Gaelic blár meaning "plain, field, battlefield".
BLAISE   m   French
From the Roman name Blasius which meant "lisping" from Latin blaesus. A famous bearer was the French mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal (1623-1662).
BLAKE   m   English
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).
BLANCHARD   m   Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements blanc meaning "white" and hard meaning "brave, hardy".
BLANDINUS   m   Ancient Roman
Roman cognomen which was a derivative of BLANDUS.
BLANDUS   m   Ancient Roman
Roman cognomen which meant "charming" in Latin.
BLAS   m   Spanish
Spanish form of BLAISE.
BLASIUS   m   Ancient Roman
Original Latin form of BLAISE.
BLAŽ   m   Slovene, Croatian
Slovene and Croatian form of BLAISE. It may also be derived from the Slavic element blagu meaning "sweet, pleasant, blessed".
BLAZE   m   English (Modern)
Modern variant of BLAISE influenced by the English word blaze.
BŁAŻEJ   m   Polish
Polish form of BLAISE.
BLAŽEJ   m   Czech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak form of BLAISE.
BLAZH   m   Medieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic name derived from the Slavic element blagu meaning "sweet, pleasant, blessed".
BLAZHE   m   Macedonian
Derived from the Slavic element blagu meaning "sweet, pleasant, blessed".
BLEDA   m   History
Possibly from a Turkic root meaning "wise". According to other theories the name was of Gothic origin, or was a Gothicized form of a Hunnic name. This was the name of the brother of Attila.
BLEDDYN   m   Welsh
From Welsh blaidd "wolf" combined with a diminutive suffix.
BLYTHE   f & m   English (Rare)
From a surname which meant "cheerful" in Old English.
BO (1)   m   Swedish, Danish
From the Old Norse byname Búi which was derived from Old Norse bua meaning "to live".
BO (2)   m & f   Chinese
From Chinese () meaning "wave", as well as other characters with a similar pronunciation.
BOAZ   m   Biblical, Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Means "swiftness" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of the man who marries Ruth.
BOB   m   English, Dutch
Short form of ROBERT. It arose later than Dob, Hob and Nob, which were medieval rhyming nicknames of Robert. It was borne by the character Bob Cratchit in Charles Dickens' novel 'A Christmas Carol' (1843). Other famous bearers include American folk musician Bob Dylan (1941-) and Jamaican reggae musician Bob Marley (1945-1981).
BOBAN   m   Serbian, Macedonian
Diminutive of BOGDAN or SLOBODAN.
BOBBIE   f & m   English
Variant of BOBBY. As a feminine name it can be a diminutive of ROBERTA or BARBARA.
BOBBY   m   English
Diminutive of BOB. Hockey greats Bobby Hull (1939-) and Bobby Orr (1948-) have borne this name.
BOELE   m   Dutch
Possibly a Dutch form of BALDO.
BOGDAN   m   Polish, Russian, Slovene, Bulgarian, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, Romanian, Medieval Slavic
Means "given by God" from the Slavic elements bogu "god" and dan "given".
BOGHOS   m   Armenian
Western Armenian transcription of POGHOS.
BOGOMIL   m   Bulgarian, Macedonian
Bulgarian and Macedonian form of BOGUMIŁ.
BOGOMIR   m   Slovene
Slovene form of BOHUMÍR.
BOGUMIL   m   Medieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic form of BOGUMIŁ.
BOGUMIŁ   m   Polish
Means "favoured by God" from the Slavic elements bogu "god" and milu "gracious, dear".
BOGUMIR   m   Medieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic form of BOHUMÍR.
BOGUSLAV   m   Medieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic form of BOGUSŁAW.
BOGUSŁAW   m   Polish
Means "glory of God" from the Slavic elements bogu "god" and slava "glory". This name was borne by several dukes of Pomerania, beginning in the 12th century.
BOHDAN   m   Czech, Ukrainian
Czech and Ukrainian form of BOGDAN.
BOHUMIL   m   Czech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak form of BOGUMIŁ.
BOHUMÍR   m   Czech, Slovak
Derived from the Slavic element bogu "god" combined with meru "great, famous" or miru "peace, world".
BOHUSLAV   m   Czech, Slovak, Ukrainian
Czech, Slovak and Ukrainian form of BOGUSŁAW.
BOIPELO   m & f   Southern African, Tswana
Means "proud" in Tswana.
BOITUMELO   f & m   Southern African, Tswana
Means "joy" in Tswana.
BOJAN   m   Serbian, Croatian, Slovene, Macedonian
Derived from the Slavic element boji meaning "battle". This was the name of a 9th-century Bulgarian saint.
BOJIDAR   m   Bulgarian
Variant transcription of BOZHIDAR.
BOLAT   m   Kazakh
From a Turkic word meaning "steel", ultimately from Persian.
BOLDIZSÁR   m   Hungarian
Hungarian form of BALTHAZAR.
BOLEK   m   Polish
Diminutive of BOLESŁAW.
BOLESLAV   m   Czech, Russian, Medieval Slavic
Czech and Russian form of BOLESŁAW.
BOLESŁAW   m   Polish
Derived from the Slavic elements bolye "more, greater" and slava "glory". This was the name of kings of Poland, starting in the 11th century with the first Polish king Bolesław the Brave.
BOLÍVAR   m   Spanish (Latin American)
From a surname 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.
BONACCORSO   m   Italian
From a medieval Italian name derived from bono "good" and accorso "haste, rush, help".
BONAVENTURA   m   Italian
Means "good fortune" in Italian. Saint Bonaventura was a 13th-century Franciscan monk who is considered a Doctor of the Church.
BONAVENTURE   m   History
Variant of BONAVENTURA.
BONGANI   m   Southern African, Zulu
Means "be grateful" in Zulu.
BONIFAAS   m   Dutch
Dutch form of Bonifatius (see BONIFACE).
BONIFÁC   m   Czech, Hungarian
Czech and Hungarian form of Bonifatius (see BONIFACE).
BONIFACE   m   French, English (Rare)
From the Late Latin name Bonifatius, which meant "good fate" from bonum "good" and fatum "fate". This was the name of nine popes and also several saints, including an 8th-century Anglo-Saxon missionary to Germany (originally named Winfrid) who is now regarded as the patron saint of that country. It came into use in England during the Middle Ages, but became rare after the Protestant Reformation.
BONIFACIO   m   Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of Bonifatius (see BONIFACE).
BONIFACY   m   Polish
Polish form of Bonifatius (see BONIFACE).
BONIFATIUS   m   Late Roman
Latin form of BONIFACE.
BONIFAZ   m   German
German form of Bonifatius (see BONIFACE).
BONITUS   m   Late Roman
Derived from a diminutive of Latin bonus meaning "good". This was the name of a 7th-century century saint, a bishop of Auvergne.
BOOKER   m   English
From an English occupational surname meaning "maker of books". A famous bearer was Booker T. Washington (1856-1915), an African-American leader.
BOOS   m   Biblical Greek
Form of BOAZ used in the Greek Old Testament.
BOOZ   m   Biblical Latin
Form of BOAZ used in the Latin Old Testament.
BOR   m   Slovene
Short form of names containing bor, such as BORISLAV or BORIS. It is also a South Slavic word meaning "pine tree".
BORA (1)   m   Turkish
Means "storm, squall" in Turkish, ultimately related to Greek Βορεας (Boreas), the name of the god of the north wind.
BORAN   m   Turkish
Means "thunderstorm" in Turkish.
BORIS   m   Bulgarian, Russian, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian, Georgian, German, History
From the Turkic name Bogoris, perhaps meaning "short" or "wolf" or "snow leopard". It was borne by the 9th-century king Boris I of Bulgaria who converted his country to Christianity, as well as two later Bulgarian emperors. The name was popularized in the Slavic world due to the 11th-century Saint Boris, who was a Russian prince martyred with his brother Gleb. His mother may have been Bulgarian. Another famous bearer was the 16th-century Russian emperor Boris Godunov, later the subject of a play of that name by Aleksandr Pushkin.
BORISLAV   m   Bulgarian, Serbian, Croatian, Slovene, Russian, Medieval Slavic
Derived from the Slavic element borti "battle" combined with slava "glory".
BORISU   m   Medieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic form of BORIS, probably ultimately of Turkic origin.
BORIVOI   m   Medieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic form of BOŘIVOJ.
BOŘIVOJ   m   Czech
Derived from the Slavic elements borti "battle" and voji "soldier". This name was borne by a 9th-century duke of Bohemia.
BÖRJE   m   Swedish
Variant of BIRGER.
BORKO   m   Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian
Derived from the Slavic element borti meaning "fight, battle".
BORNA   m & f   Croatian
Derived from the Slavic element borti meaning "fight, battle".
BORO   m   Croatian, Serbian
Diminutive of BORISLAV or BORIS.
BORUT   m   Slovene
Diminutive of BORIS.
BORYA   m   Russian
Diminutive of BORIS.
BORYS   m   Polish, Ukrainian
Polish and Ukrainian form of BORIS.
BOŠKO   m   Serbian, Croatian, Slovene
Diminutive of BOGDAN or BOŽIDAR.
BOSSE   m   Swedish
Swedish diminutive of BO (1).
BOŠTJAN   m   Slovene
Short form of SEBASTJAN.
BOTOND   m   Hungarian
Means "stick, mace" in Hungarian.
BOTROS   m   Arabic, Coptic
Variant transcription of BUTRUS.
BOUDEWIJN   m   Dutch
Dutch form of BALDWIN.
BOULOS   m   Arabic
Variant transcription of BULUS.
BOUTROS   m   Arabic, Coptic
Variant transcription of BUTRUS.
BOYAN   m   Bulgarian
Bulgarian form of BOJAN.
BOYCE   m   English
From a surname which was derived from Old French bois "wood".
BOYD   m   Scottish, English
From a Scottish surname which was possibly derived from the name of the island of Bute.
BOYKO   m   Bulgarian
Originally a diminutive of names containing the Slavic element boji meaning "battle".
BOŽA   m   Serbian
Diminutive of BOŽIDAR.
BOZHIDAR   m   Bulgarian, Macedonian, Medieval Slavic
Bulgarian and Macedonian form of BOŽIDAR.
BOZHO   m   Medieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic form of BOŽO.
BOŽIDAR   m   Serbian, Croatian, Slovene
Means "divine gift" from the Slavic elements bozy "divine" and daru "gift".
BOŽO   m   Croatian, Serbian, Slovene
Originally a diminutive of BOŽIDAR and other names beginning with the Slavic element bozy meaning "divine".
BOŻYDAR   m   Polish
Polish cognate of BOŽIDAR.
BRAAM   m   Dutch, Limburgish
Dutch and Limburgish short form of ABRAHAM.
BRAD   m   English
Short form of BRADLEY, BRADFORD, and other names beginning with Brad. A famous bearer is American actor Brad Pitt (1963-).
BRÁDACH   m   Irish
Possibly derived from a Gaelic word meaning "large-chested".
BRADÁN   m   Ancient Irish
Derived from Irish Gaelic meaning "salmon".
BRADEN   m   English, Irish
From an Irish surname which was derived from Ó Bradáin meaning "descendant of BRADÁN".
BRADFORD   m   English
From a surname which originally came from a place name that meant "broad ford" in Old English.
BRADLEY   m   English
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).
BRADY   m   English, Irish
From an Irish surname which was derived from Ó Brádaigh meaning "descendant of BRÁDACH".
BRAEDEN   m   English (Modern)
Variant of BRADEN.
BRAHMA   m   Hinduism
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.
BRAIDEN   m   English (Modern)
Variant of BRADEN.
BRAIDY   m & f   English (Rare)
Variant of BRADY.
BRAIS   m   Galician
Galician form of BLAISE.
BRAITH   m   English (Australian)
Meaning uncertain, perhaps from Welsh brith, braith meaning "speckled".
BRAM   m   English, Dutch
Short form of ABRAHAM. This name was borne by Bram Stoker (1847-1912), the Irish author who wrote 'Dracula'.
BRÂN   m   Welsh Mythology
Variant of BRAN (2).
BRAN (1)   m   Irish, Irish Mythology
Means "raven" in Irish. In Irish legend Bran was a mariner who was involved in several adventures.
BRAN (2)   m   Welsh, 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.
BRAND   m   English (Rare)
From a surname, a variant of BRANT.
BRANDEN   m   English
Variant of BRANDON.
BRANDO   m   Ancient Germanic
Germanic name derived from the element brand meaning "sword".
BRANDON   m   English
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.
BRANDR   m   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse byname meaning "sword" or "fire".
BRANDT   m   English
From a surname, a variant of BRANT.
BRANIMIR   m   Croatian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Slovene
Derived from the Slavic element borna "protection" combined with miru meaning "peace, world".
BRANNON   m   English
From an Irish surname derived from Mac Branain, which means "descendant of BRAN (1)".
BRANSON   m   English (Modern)
From an English surname which meant "son of BRANDR".
BRANT   m   English
From a surname which was derived from the Old Norse name BRANDR.
BRÁS   m   Portuguese
Portuguese form of BLAISE.
BRATISLAV   m   Serbian
Derived from the Slavic elements bratu "brother" and slava "glory".
BRATOMIL   m   Medieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic form of BRATUMIŁ.
BRATOSLAV   m   Medieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic form of BRATISLAV.
BRATUMIŁ   m   Polish (Rare)
Derived from the Slavic elements bratu "brother" and milu "gracious, dear".
BRAXTON   m   English
From a surname which was originally derived from an Old English place name meaning "Bracca's town".
BRAYDEN   m   English (Modern)
Variant of BRADEN.
BRAYLON   m   African American (Modern)
An invented name, using the same sounds found in names such as Braden and Jalen.
BRÉANAINN   m   Ancient Irish
Old Irish form of BRENDAN.
BREANDÁN   m   Irish
Irish Gaelic form of BRENDAN.
BRECHT   m   Dutch
Short form of names containing brecht, often derived from the Germanic element beraht meaning "bright".
BREIXO   m   Galician
Galician form of VERÍSSIMO.
BRENDAN   m   Irish, English
From Brendanus, the Latinized form of the Irish name Bréanainn which was derived from a Welsh word meaning "prince". Saint Brendan was a 6th-century Irish abbot who, according to legend, crossed the Atlantic and reached North America with 17 other monks.
BRENDANUS   m   Irish (Latinized)
Latinized form of Bréanainn (see BRENDAN).
BRENDEN   m   English
Variant of BRENDAN.
BRENDON   m   English
Variant of BRENDAN.
BRENNAN   m   Irish, English
From an Irish surname derived from Ó Braonáin meaning "descendant of Braonán". Braonán is a byname meaning "rain, moisture, drop" (with a diminutive suffix).
BRENNUS   m   Ancient Celtic (Latinized)
Latinized form of a Celtic name (or title) that possibly meant either "king, prince" or "raven". Brennus was a Gallic leader of the 4th century BC who attacked and sacked Rome.
BRENO   m   Portuguese
Portuguese form of BRENNUS.
BRENT   m   English
From an English surname, originally taken from various place names, perhaps derived from a Celtic word meaning "hill".
BRENTON   m   English
From a surname which was derived from an English place name which meant "Bryni's town". Bryni was Old English name meaning "fire".
BRET   m   English
Variant of BRETT.
BRETT   m & f   English
From a Middle English surname meaning "a Breton", referring to an inhabitant of Brittany. A famous bearer is the American football quarterback Brett Favre (1969-).
BRIAN   m   Irish, English, Ancient Irish
The meaning of this name is not known for certain but it is possibly related to the old Celtic element bre meaning "hill", or by extension "high, noble". It was borne by the semi-legendary Irish king Brian Boru, who thwarted Viking attempts to conquer Ireland in the 11th century. He was slain in the Battle of Clontarf, though his forces were decisively victorious. The name was common in Ireland before his time, and even more so afterwards. It came into use in England in the Middle Ages, introduced by Breton settlers. It subsequently became rare, but was revived in the 20th century.
BRIAR   m & f   English (Rare)
From the English word for the thorny plant.
BRICE   m   French, English
From the name Bricius, which was probably a Latinized form of a Gaulish name meaning "speckled". This was the name of a 5th-century saint, a disciple of Saint Martin of Tours.
BRICIUS   m   Ancient Celtic (Latinized)
Latin form of BRICE, probably ultimately of Gaulish origin.
BRIDGER   m   English (Modern)
From an English surname which originally indicated a person who lived near or worked on a bridge.
BRIGHAM   m   English (Rare)
From a surname which was originally derived from place names meaning "bridge settlement" in Old English.
BRIJESH   m   Indian, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi
Modern form of BRIJESHA.
BRIJESHA   m   Hinduism
Means "ruler of Brij" in Sanskrit. This is another name of the Hindu god Krishna, Brij being a region associated with him.
BRIN   m   Welsh
Variant of BRYN.
BRION   m   English
Variant of BRIAN.
BRISCOE   m   English (Rare)
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "birch wood" in Old Norse.
BRISTOL   m   English (Rare)
From the name of the city in southwest England which means "the site of the bridge".
BRITTON   m   English
Derived from a Middle English surname meaning "a Briton" (a Celt of England) or "a Breton" (an inhabitant of Brittany).
BROCK   m   English
From a surname which was derived from Old English brocc meaning "badger".
BRODIE   m   English (Modern)
Variant of BRODY.
BRODY   m   English
From a surname which was originally derived from a place in Moray, Scotland. It probably means "ditch, mire" in Gaelic.
BROEN   m   Limburgish
Limburgish form of BRUNO.
BROGAN   m & f   Irish
Derived from Gaelic bróg "shoe" combined with a diminutive suffix. This was the name of several Irish saints, including Saint Patrick's scribe.
BRONIMIR   m   Polish (Rare)
Polish form of BRANIMIR.
BRONISLAV   m   Czech, Slovak, Russian, Medieval Slavic
Czech and Russian form of BRONISŁAW.
BRONISŁAW   m   Polish
Derived from the Slavic elements borna "protection" and slava "glory". A famous Polish anthropologist, Bronisław Malinowski (1884-1942), has borne this name.
BRONISLOVAS   m   Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of BRONISŁAW.
BRONIUS   m   Lithuanian
Short form of BRONISLOVAS.
BRONTE   m & f   English (Rare)
From a surname, an Anglicized form of Irish Ó Proinntigh meaning "descendant of Proinnteach". The given name Proinnteach meant "bestower" in Gaelic. The Brontë sisters - Charlotte, Emily, and Anne - were 19th-century English novelists. Their father changed the spelling of the family surname from Brunty to Brontë, possibly to make it coincide with Greek βροντη meaning "thunder".
BRONTES   m   Greek Mythology
Means "thunderer" in Greek. In Greek mythology (according to Hesiod), this was the name of one of the three Cyclopes, who were the sons of Uranus and Gaia.
BROOK   m & f   English
From an English surname which denoted one who lived near a brook.
BROOKS   m   English
From an English surname, a variant of BROOK.
BROOS   m   Dutch, Limburgish
Dutch and Limburgish short form of AMBROOS.
BRUCE   m   Scottish, English
From a Scottish surname, of Norman origin, which probably originally referred to the town of Brix in France. The surname was borne by Robert the Bruce, a Scottish hero of the 14th century who achieved independence from England and became the king of Scotland. It has been in use as a given name in the English-speaking world since the 19th century. A notable bearer is the American musician Bruce Springsteen (1949-).
BRUNO   m   German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Croatian, Polish, Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic element brun "armour, protection" or brun "brown". Saint Bruno of Cologne was a German monk of the 11th century who founded the Carthusian Order. The surname has belonged Giordano Bruno, a philosopher burned at the stake by the Inquisition.
BRUTUS   m   Ancient Roman
Roman cognomen meaning "heavy" in Latin. Famous bearers include Lucius Junius Brutus, the traditional founder of the Roman Republic, and Marcus Junius Brutus, the statesman who conspired to assassinated Julius Caesar.
BRYAN   m   English
Variant of BRIAN.
BRYANT   m   English
From a surname which was derived from the given name BRIAN.
BRYCE   m   English
Variant of BRICE.
BRYN   m & f   Welsh, English
Means "hill, mound" in Welsh. It is now used as a feminine name as well.
BRYNJAR   m   Norwegian, Icelandic
Derived from the Old Norse elements bryn "armour" and arr "warrior".
BRYNJARR   m   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of BRYNJAR.
BRYNMOR   m   Welsh
From a Welsh place name meaning "great hill".
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