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This is a list of names in which the gender is masculine; and the first letter is B.
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BAADURmGeorgian
Georgian form of BAHADUR.
BAAKmFrisian
Originally a short form of names starting with the Germanic element badu "fight, struggle".
BAAKOm & fWestern African, Akan
Means "first born child" in Akan.
BA'ALmNear Eastern Mythology
Derived from Semitic ba'al meaning "lord" or "possessor". This was the name of various local deities, often associated with storms and fertility, who were worshipped by the Canaanites, Phoenicians, and other peoples of the ancient Near East.
BAALmNear Eastern Mythology
Variant spelling of BA'AL.
BAARDmNorwegian
Variant of BÅRD.
BABAJIDEmWestern African, Yoruba
Means "father has returned" in Yoruba.
BABAKmPersian, Ancient Persian
Means "little father" in Persian. This was the name of the father of Ardashir, the founder of the Sassanid Empire in Persia. It was also borne by the 9th-century resistance leader Babak Khorramdin.
BABARmUrdu
Variant transcription of BABUR.
BABATUNDEmWestern African, Yoruba
Means "father has returned" in Yoruba.
BABERmUrdu
Variant transcription of BABUR.
BABISmGreek
Diminutive of CHARALAMPOS.
BABÜRmTurkish
Turkish form of BABUR.
BABURmUrdu
From a Persian word meaning "tiger". This was the nickname of Zahir ud-Din Muhammad, the 16th-century founder of the Mughal Empire in India.
BABYLASmLate Greek, French (Rare)
Derived from the name of the ancient Mesopotamian city of Babylon. Saint Babylas was a 3rd-century patriarch of Antioch who was martyred during the reign of the Roman emperor Decius.
BACCHUSmGreek Mythology (Latinized)
From Greek Βακχος (Bakchos), derived from ιαχο (iacho) meaning "to shout". This was another name of the Greek god Dionysos, and it was also the name that the Romans commonly used for him.
BADAmAnglo-Saxon
Old English name probably derived from beadu meaning "battle".
BADEMUSmHistory
Latinized form of a Persian name of unknown meaning. Saint Bademus was a 4th-century Persian martyr who was a victim of Shapur II's persecutions.
BADRm & fArabic
Means "full moon" in Arabic.
BADRImGeorgian
Georgian form of BADR.
BADULFmAncient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements badu "fight, struggle" and wulf "wolf".
BADURADmAncient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements badu "fight, struggle" and rad "counsel".
BAERmLimburgish
Short form of ALBAER and other Limburgish names ending in baer, often derived from the Germanic element beraht meaning "bright".
BAGADATAmAncient Persian
Old Persian name derived from baga "god" and data "given". This was the name of a 3rd-century BC Persian satrap under the Seleucid Empire.
BAGGImAncient Scandinavian
Derived from Old Norse baggi meaning "bag, pack".
BAGRATmArmenian, Georgian (Rare)
Armenian and Georgian form of BAGADATA. This name was borne by several Georgian kings, though it is now uncommon there.
BAGUSmIndonesian
Means "handsome, excellent" in Indonesian.
BAHAmArabic, Turkish
Means "splendour, glory" in Arabic.
BAHADIRmTurkish
Turkish form of BAHADUR.
BAHADURmPersian, Arabic
Persian form of the Turkic word bagatur meaning "hero, warrior, brave".
BAHIJmArabic
Masculine form of BAHIJA.
BAHMANmPersian, Persian Mythology
Modern Persian form of Avestan Vohu Manah meaning "good mind". This was the name of a Zoroastrian god (one of the Amesha Spenta) associated with domestic animals. It is also the name of the eleventh month in the Iranian calendar.
BAHRAMmPersian, Persian Mythology
Modern Persian form of Avestan Verethragna meaning "victory over resistance". This was the name of a Zoroastrian god (one of the Amesha Spenta) associated with victory and war. This name was borne by several Sassanid emperors. It is also the Persian name for the planet Mars.
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 .
BAILEYm & fEnglish
From a surname derived from Middle English baili meaning "bailiff", originally denoting one who was a bailiff.
BAISHANmNative American, Apache
Means "knife" in Apache. This was the name of a 19th-century chief of the Chiricahua Apache.
BAKARmBasque
Means "alone" in Basque.
BAKImArabic
Variant transcription of BAQI.
BAKİmTurkish
Turkish form of BAQI.
BAKIRmTurkish
Turkish form of BAQIR.
BAKIRmBosnian
Bosian form of BAQIR.
BAKRmArabic
Means "young camel" in Arabic. Abu Bakr was a father-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad and the first caliph of the Muslim world.
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).
BALADEVAmHinduism
Means "god of strength" from Sanskrit बल (bala) meaning "strength" combined with देव (deva) meaning "god". Baladeva (also called Balarama) is the name of the older brother of the Hindu god Krishna.
BALAKRISHNAmIndian, Telugu, Kannada
From Sanskrit बल (bala) meaning "strength, might" combined with the name of the Hindu god KRISHNA.
BALAMmNative American, Mayan
Means "jaguar" in Mayan.
BALÁZSmHungarian
Hungarian form of BLAISE.
BALBINOmSpanish (Rare), Portuguese (Rare), Italian (Rare)
Spanish, Portuguese and Italian form of BALBINUS.
BALBINUSmAncient Roman
Roman cognomen which was a derivative of BALBUS.
BALBUSmAncient Roman
Roman cognomen which meant "stammerer" in Latin. This was a family name of the mother of Emperor Augustus, Atia Balba Caesonia.
BALDARICHmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of BALDRIC.
BALDASSAREmItalian
Italian form of BALTHAZAR.
BALDERmNorse Mythology
Means "prince" from Old Norse. In Norse mythology Balder was the son of Odin and Frigg. Because of the disturbing dreams he had when he was young, his mother extracted an oath from every thing in the world that it would not harm him. However the evil fire god Loki learned that she had overlooked mistletoe. Being jealous, he tricked the blind god Hoder into throwing a branch of mistletoe at Balder, which killed him.
BALDEVmIndian, Hindi
Modern form of BALADEVA.
BALDOmItalian, Spanish, Ancient Germanic
Originally a short form of names containing the Germanic element bald "bold, brave", such as BALDOVINO and TEOBALDO.
BALDOMARmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of BALDOMERO.
BALDOMEROmSpanish
Derived from the Germanic elements bald "bold, brave" and mari "famous".
BALDOVINmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of BALDWIN.
BALDOVINOmItalian
Italian form of BALDWIN.
BALDRmNorse Mythology
Old Norse form of BALDER.
BALDRICmEnglish (Archaic)
Derived from the Germanic elements bald "bold, brave" and ric "power, rule". The Normans introduced this name to Britain, and it was common in the Middle Ages.
BALDUÍNOmPortuguese
Portuguese form of BALDWIN.
BALDUINOmSpanish
Spanish form of BALDWIN.
BALDURmGerman, Icelandic
German and Icelandic form of BALDER.
BALDWINmEnglish, Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements bald "bold, brave" and win "friend". In the Middle Ages this was a popular name in Flanders and among the Normans, who brought it to Britain. It was borne by one of the leaders of the First Crusade, an 11th-century nobleman from Flanders. After the crusaders conquered Jerusalem, he was crowned as the king of the Kingdom of Jerusalem.
BALENDINmBasque
Basque form of Valentinus (see VALENTINE (1)).
BALFOURmEnglish (Rare)
From a Scottish surname, originally from various place names, which meant "village pasture" in Gaelic.
BÁLINTmHungarian
Hungarian form of Valentinus (see VALENTINE (1)).
BALTASAR (1)mSpanish
Spanish form of BALTAZAR.
BALTASAR (2)mBiblical Greek
Form of BELSHAZZAR used in the Greek Old Testament.
BALTASSARmBiblical Latin
Form of BELSHAZZAR used in the Latin Old Testament.
BALTHAZARmJudeo-Christian Legend
Variant of BELSHAZZAR. Baltazar is the name traditionally assigned to one of the wise men (also known as the Magi, or three kings) who visited the newborn Jesus.
BALWINDERm & fIndian (Sikh)
From Sanskrit बल (bala) meaning "strength, might" combined with the name of the Hindu god INDRA.
BAMBANGmIndonesian, Javanese
Means "knight" in Javanese.
BAMIDELEmWestern African, Yoruba
Means "follow me home" in Yoruba.
BANDImHungarian
Diminutive of ANDRÁS.
BANDILEm & fSouthern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele
Means "they have increased" in Zulu, Xhosa and Ndebele.
BẢOmVietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (bảo) meaning "protection, security".
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.
BAPTISTmGerman
German form of BAPTISTE. It is often paired with the name Johann, in honour of Saint John the Baptist.
BAPTISTEmFrench
Means "baptist" in French, originally deriving from Greek βαπτω (bapto) "to dip". This name is usually given in honour of Saint John the Baptist, and as such it is often paired with the name Jean.
BAQImArabic
Means "eternal" in Arabic. This was the pen name of a 16th-century Turkish poet.
BAQIRmArabic
Means "to rip open" in Arabic. Muhammad al-Baqir was the fifth imam of the Shia Muslims.
BARACKmArabic
Variant transcription of BARAK (2).
BARAK (1)mHebrew, Biblical, Biblical Greek, Biblical Hebrew
Means "lightning" in Hebrew. According to the Old Testament, Barak was a military commander under the guidance of the prophetess Deborah. They defeated the Canaanite army led by Sisera.
BARAK (2)mArabic
Meanings "blessing" in Arabic.
BARAKATmArabic
Means "blessings" in Arabic, a plural form of BARAK (2).
BARAZmPersian
Means "exalted" in Persian.
BARCLAYmScottish, English (Rare)
From a Scottish surname which was likely derived from the English place name Berkeley, meaning "birch wood" in Old English.
BÅRDmNorwegian
Norwegian form of the Old Norse name Bárðr, which was derived from the elements baðu "battle" and friðr "peace".
BARENDmDutch
Variant of BERNHARD.
BARIŞmTurkish
Means "peace" in Turkish.
BARLAAMmJudeo-Christian Legend
Meaning unknown. In Christian legends Barlaam (recorded as Greek Βαρλααμ) was a 3rd-century hermit who converted Josaphat, the son of an Indian king, to Christianity. The story is based on that of the Buddha. This name was also borne by two saints.
BARNAmHungarian
Hungarian short form of BARNABAS.
BARNABÁSmHungarian
Hungarian form of BARNABAS.
BARNABASmGerman (Rare), English (Rare), Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Greek form of an Aramaic name. In Acts in the New Testament the byname Barnabas was given to a man named Joseph, a Jew from Cyprus who was a companion of Paul on his missionary journeys. The original Aramaic form is unattested, but it may be from בּר נביא (bar naviya') meaning "son of the prophet", though in Acts 4:36 it is claimed that the name means "son of encouragement". As an English name, it came into occasional use after the 12th century.
BARNABÉmFrench
French form of BARNABAS.
BARNABYmEnglish (Archaic)
Medieval English form of BARNABAS.
BARRAmIrish
Variant of BAIRRE.
BARRETmEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which was a variant of BARRETT.
BARRETTmEnglish
From a surname probably meaning "strife" in Middle English, originally given to a quarrelsome person.
BARRFHIONNmIrish
Means "fair hair", derived from Gaelic barr "head" and fionn "white, fair".
BARRFINDmIrish
Older form of BARRFHIONN.
BARRYmIrish, English
Anglicized form of BAIRRE. It is also sometimes used as an Anglicized form of BERACH.
BARTmEnglish, Dutch
Short form of BARTHOLOMEW. This name is borne by a cartoon boy on the television series 'The Simpsons'.
BARTAmHungarian
Hungarian short form of BERTALAN.
BARTALmHungarian (Rare)
Hungarian short form of BERTALAN.
BARTEKmPolish
Polish diminutive of BARTŁOMIEJ or BARTOSZ.
BARTELmDutch
Dutch diminutive of BARTHOLOMEW.
BARTHOLOMAIOSmBiblical Greek
New Testament Greek form of BARTHOLOMEW.
BARTHOLOMEUSmDutch, Biblical Latin
Dutch and Latin form of BARTHOLOMEW.
BARTHOLOMEWmEnglish, Biblical
From Βαρθολομαιος (Bartholomaios), which was the Greek form of an Aramaic name meaning "son of TALMAI". In the New Testament Bartholomew is the byname of an apostle, possibly the same person as the apostle Nathanael. According to tradition he was a missionary to India before returning westward to Armenia, where he was martyred by flaying. Due to the popularity of this saint the name became common in England during the Middle Ages.
BARTOLOmItalian
Italian short form of BARTHOLOMEW.
BARTOLOMEJmSlovak, Croatian (Rare)
Slovak and Croatian form of BARTHOLOMEW.
BARTOLOMEUmPortuguese, Galician
Portuguese and Galician form of BARTHOLOMEW.
BARTOMEUmCatalan
Catalan form of BARTHOLOMEW.
BARTOSZmPolish
Polish form of BARTHOLOMEW.
BARUCHmBiblical, Hebrew
Means "blessed" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of a companion of the prophet Jeremiah, acting as his scribe and assistant. The deuterocanonical Book of Baruch was supposedly written by him. A famous bearer was Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677), a Dutch-Jewish rationalist philosopher.
BASmDutch
Short form of SEBASTIAAN.
BASAJAUNmBasque
Means "lord of the woods" from Basque baso "woods" and jaun "lord". This is the name of a character in Basque folklore, the Old Man of the Woods.
BASANTmIndian, Hindi
Modern form of VASANTA.
BASHKIMmAlbanian
From Albanian bashkë meaning "together".
BASIL (1)mEnglish
From the Greek name Βασιλειος (Basileios) which was derived from βασιλευς (basileus) meaning "king". Saint Basil the Great was a 4th-century bishop of Caesarea and one of the fathers of the early Christian church. Due to him, the name (in various spellings) has come into general use in the Christian world, being especially popular among Eastern Christians. It was also borne by two Byzantine emperors.
BASIL (2)mArabic
Means "brave, valiant" in Arabic.
BASILEmFrench
French form of BASIL (1).
BASILEIOSmAncient Greek
Ancient Greek form of BASIL (1).
BASILIOmItalian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of BASIL (1).
BASIMmArabic
Means "smiling" in Arabic.
BASIRmArabic
Means "wise" in Arabic. In Islamic tradition البصير (al-Basir) is one of the 99 names of Allah.
BASITmArabic
Means "one who enlarges" in Arabic.
BASSAMmArabic
Means "smiling" in Arabic.
BASSEMmArabic
Variant transcription of BASIM.
BASTIAANmDutch
Short form of SEBASTIAAN.
BASTIANmGerman
Short form of SEBASTIAN.
BASTIENmFrench
Short form of SÉBASTIEN.
BASUmBengali
Bengali form of VASU.
BATBAYARmMongolian
Means "strong joy" in Mongolian.
BATEmMedieval English
Medieval diminutive of BARTHOLOMEW.
BAT-ERDENEmMongolian
Means "strong jewel" in Mongolian.
BATRAZmOssetian, Caucasian Mythology
Possibly from Turkic bagatur meaning "hero, warrior, brave". This is the name of the leader of the superhuman Narts in Caucasian mythology.
BATTISTAmItalian
Italian form of BAPTISTE.
BAUDELIOmSpanish
From Baudelius, a Latinized form of a possibly Germanic name. Saint Baudelius was a 3rd-century saint and martyr from Orleans.
BAUDOUINmFrench
French form of BALDWIN.
BAUGULFmAncient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements bauga meaning "bend, flex" or "ring" and wulf meaning "wolf".
BAUTISTAmSpanish
Spanish form of BAPTISTE.
BAXTERmEnglish
From an occupational surname which meant "(female) baker" in Old English.
BAYANImFilipino, Tagalog
Means "hero" in Tagalog.
BAYARDmLiterature
Derived from Old French baiart meaning "bay coloured". In medieval French poetry Bayard was a bay horse owned by Renaud de Montauban and his brothers. The horse could magically adjust its size to carry multiple riders.
BAYRAMmTurkish
Means "festival" in Turkish.
BEARACHmIrish
Variant of BERACH.
BEATmGerman (Swiss)
Swiss German form of BEATUS.
BEATHANmScottish
Derived from Scottish Gaelic beatha meaning "life".
BEATUSmLate Roman
Masculine form of BEATA. According to legend, Saint Beatus was ordained a priest by Saint Peter and evangelized in Switzerland. Another saint by this name was an 8th-century Asturian theologian.
BEAUmEnglish
Means "beautiful" in French. It has been occasionally used as an American given name since the late 19th century. It appears in Margaret Mitchell's novel 'Gone with the Wind' (1936) as the name of Ashley and Melanie's son.
BEAUMONTmEnglish (Rare)
From a French surname meaning "beautiful mountain".
BEAUREGARDmEnglish (Rare)
From a French surname meaning "beautiful outlook".
BEAVISmPopular Culture
Variant of BEVIS. This name was used in the animated television program 'Beavis and Butthead'.
BECKETTmEnglish (Modern)
From an English surname which could be derived from various sources, including from Middle English beke meaning "beak" or bekke meaning "stream, brook".
BEDEmHistory
Modern form of the Old English name Baeda, possibly related to Old English bed "prayer". Saint Bede, called the Venerable Bede, was an 8th-century historian, scholar and Doctor of the Church.
BEDIVEREmWelsh Mythology, Arthurian Romance
From the Welsh name Bedwyr, which is of unknown meaning. In Arthurian legends Bedivere was one of the original companions of King Arthur. He first appears in early Welsh tales, and his story was later expanded by Geoffrey of Monmouth in the 12th century. He is the one who throws the sword Excalibur into the lake at the request of the dying Arthur.
BEDŘICHmCzech
Czech form of FREDERICK.
BEDROSmArmenian
Western Armenian transcription of PETROS.
BEELZEBUBmBiblical
From Hebrew בַּעַל זְבוּב (Ba'al Zevuv) meaning "lord of flies", intended as a mocking alteration of בּאל זבל (Ba'al Zevul) "Ba'al the exalted", one of the Canaanite names for their god BA'AL. In Milton's 'Paradise Lost' (1667) this is the name of Satan's chief lieutenant.
BEHARmAlbanian
From the archaic Albanian word behar meaning "summer".
BEHNAMmPersian
Means "reputable" (literally "good name") in Persian.
BEHRAMmTurkish
Turkish form of BAHRAM.
BEHROOZmPersian
Means "fortunate" (literally "good day") in Persian.
BEHROUZmPersian
Variant transcription of BEHROOZ.
BEHRUZmPersian
Variant transcription of BEHROOZ.
BÉLAmHungarian
The meaning of this name is not known for certain. It could be derived from Hungarian bél meaning "guts, bowel" or Slavic бѣлъ (belu) meaning "white". This was the name of four Hungarian kings.
BELENUSmCeltic Mythology
Probably from a Celtic word meaning "bright, brilliant". This was the name of a Gaulish solar god who was often equated with Apollo.
BELImWelsh Mythology
Probably a Welsh derivative of BELENUS. Beli Mawr was a Welsh ancestor deity who established several royal lines in Wales.
BELIALmBiblical, Biblical Latin, Judeo-Christian Legend
Means "worthless" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this term is used to refer to various wicked people. In the New Testament, Paul uses it as a name for Satan. In later Christian tradition Belial became an evil angel associated with lawlessness and lust.
BELSHATZZARmBiblical Hebrew
Form of BELSHAZZAR found in the Hebrew Bible.
BELSHAZZARmAncient Near Eastern, Biblical
From בֵּלְשַׁאצַּר (Belshatzzar), the Hebrew form of the Akkadian name Bel-sarra-usur meaning "BA'AL protect the king". This was the name of the son of Nabonidus, the last king of the Babylonian Empire before it was conquered by the Persians in the 6th century BC. In the Old Testament Book of Daniel Belshazzar is the last king of Babylon who sees the mystical handwriting on the wall, which is interpreted by Daniel to portend the end of the empire.
BEN (1)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 בִּןְיָמִין (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 "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.
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