Browse Names

This is a list of names in which the gender is masculine; and the first letter is B.
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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.
BRANTLEYmEnglish (Modern)
From a surname, an Americanized form of the German surname Brändle, ultimately from Old High German brant "fire".
BRÁSmPortuguese
Portuguese form of BLAISE.
BRATISLAVmSerbian
Derived from the Slavic elements bratu "brother" and slava "glory".
BRATOMILmMedieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic form of BRATUMIŁ.
BRATOSLAVmMedieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic form of BRATISLAV.
BRATUMIŁmPolish (Rare)
Derived from the Slavic elements bratu "brother" and milu "gracious, dear".
BRAXTONmEnglish
From a surname which was originally derived from an Old English place name meaning "Bracca's town".
BRAYLONmAfrican American (Modern)
An invented name, using the same sounds found in names such as Braden and Jalen.
BRÉANAINNmAncient Irish
Old Irish form of BRENDAN.
BREANDÁNmIrish
Irish Gaelic form of BRENDAN.
BRECHTmDutch
Short form of names containing brecht, often derived from the Germanic element beraht meaning "bright".
BREIXOmGalician
Galician form of VERÍSSIMO.
BRENDANmIrish, 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.
BRENDANUSmIrish (Latinized)
Latinized form of Bréanainn (see BRENDAN).
BRENNANmIrish, 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).
BRENNUSmAncient 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.
BRENOmPortuguese
Portuguese form of BRENNUS.
BRENTmEnglish
From an English surname, originally taken from various place names, perhaps derived from a Celtic word meaning "hill".
BRENTONmEnglish
From a surname which was derived from an English place name which meant "Bryni's town". Bryni was Old English name meaning "fire".
BRETmEnglish
Variant of BRETT.
BRETTm & fEnglish
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-).
BRIANmEnglish, Irish, 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.
BRIARm & fEnglish (Modern)
From the English word for the thorny plant.
BRICEmFrench, 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.
BRICIUSmAncient Celtic (Latinized)
Latin form of BRICE, probably ultimately of Gaulish origin.
BRIDGERmEnglish (Modern)
From an English surname which originally indicated a person who lived near or worked on a bridge.
BRIGHAMmEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which was originally derived from place names meaning "bridge settlement" in Old English.
BRIJESHAmHinduism
Means "ruler of Brij" in Sanskrit. This is another name of the Hindu god Krishna, Brij being a region associated with him.
BRINmWelsh
Variant of BRYN.
BRIONmEnglish
Variant of BRIAN.
BRISCOEmEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "birch wood" in Old Norse.
BRITTONmEnglish
Derived from a Middle English surname meaning "a Briton" (a Celt of England) or "a Breton" (an inhabitant of Brittany).
BROCKmEnglish
From a surname which was derived from Old English brocc meaning "badger".
BRODYmEnglish
From a surname which was originally derived from a place in Moray, Scotland. It probably means "ditch, mire" in Gaelic.
BROENmLimburgish
Limburgish form of BRUNO.
BROGANm & fIrish
Derived from Gaelic bróg "shoe" combined with a diminutive suffix. This was the name of several Irish saints, including Saint Patrick's scribe.
BRONISŁAWmPolish
Derived from the Slavic elements borna "protection" and slava "glory". A famous Polish anthropologist, Bronisław Malinowski (1884-1942), has borne this name.
BRONISLOVASmLithuanian
Lithuanian form of BRONISŁAW.
BRONTEm & fEnglish (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".
BRONTESmGreek 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.
BROOKm & fEnglish
From an English surname which denoted one who lived near a brook.
BROOKSmEnglish
From an English surname, a variant of BROOK.
BROOSmDutch, Limburgish
Dutch and Limburgish short form of AMBROOS.
BRUCEmScottish, 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-).
BRUNOmGerman, 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.
BRUTUSmAncient 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.
BRYANmEnglish
Variant of BRIAN.
BRYANTmEnglish
From a surname which was derived from the given name BRIAN.
BRYCEmEnglish
Variant of BRICE.
BRYNm & fWelsh, English
Means "hill, mound" in Welsh. It is now used as a feminine name as well.
BRYNJARmNorwegian, Icelandic
Derived from the Old Norse elements bryn "armour" and arr "warrior".
BRYNMORmWelsh
From a Welsh place name meaning "great hill".
BRYONmEnglish
Variant of BRIAN.
BRYSONmEnglish
From an English surname meaning "son of BRICE".
BUANAmIndonesian
Means "the world" in Indonesian, ultimately from Sanskrit भुवन (bhuvana).
BUCKmEnglish
From an English nickname meaning simply "buck, male deer", ultimately from Old English bucc.
BUDmEnglish
Short form of BUDDY.
BUDDHAmHistory
Means "enlightened" in Sanskrit. This is a title applied to Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism, as well as to a handful of other enlightened individuals.
BUDDYmEnglish
From the English word meaning "friend". It probably originated as a nursery form of the word brother.
BUDImIndonesian
Means "reason, mind, character" in Indonesian, ultimately from Sanskrit बुद्धि (buddhi) meaning "intellect" (related to Buddha).
BUĞRAmTurkish
Means "baby camel" in Turkish.
BUHLEf & mSouthern African, Xhosa, Ndebele
From Xhosa and Ndebele buhle "beautiful, handsome", from the root hle.
BÚImAncient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of BO (1).
BULATmKazakh
Variant transcription of BOLAT.
BÜLENTmTurkish
Means "high, mighty" in Turkish.
BULUSmArabic
Arabic form of PAUL.
BULUTmTurkish
Means "cloud" in Turkish.
BÜNYAMİNmTurkish
Turkish form of BENJAMIN.
BURAKmTurkish
From Arabic براق (Buraq), the name of the legendary creature that, according to Islamic tradition, transported the Prophet Muhammad. Its name is derived from Arabic برق (barq) "lightning".
BURÇİNf & mTurkish
Means "hind, doe" in Turkish.
BURHANmArabic, Turkish
Means "proof" in Arabic.
BURIMmAlbanian
Means "spring, well, water source" in Albanian.
BURKEmEnglish
From an English surname which was derived from Old English burg meaning "fortress".
BURKHARDmGerman, Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements burg meaning "protection" and hard "brave, hardy". Saint Burkhard was a bishop who founded several monasteries in Germany in the 8th century.
BURTmEnglish
Short form of BURTON.
BURTONmEnglish
From a surname which was originally taken from an Old English place name meaning "fortified town". A famous bearer of the surname was Sir Richard Burton (1821-1890), an explorer of Africa and Asia.
BUSINGEm & fEastern African, Kiga
Means "peace" in Rukiga.
BUSTERmEnglish
Originally a nickname denoting a person who broke things, from the word bust. A famous bearer was the silent movie star Buster Keaton (1895-1966).
BUTRUSmArabic, Coptic
Arabic form of PETER.
BUZmBiblical
Means "contempt" in Hebrew. This is the name of a son of ABRAHAM's brother Nahor in the Old Testament.
BYELOBOGmSlavic Mythology
Means "the white god" from Slavic byelo "white" and bogu "god". This was the name of the Slavic god of the sun, happiness and fortune.
BYEONG-HOmKorean
From Sino-Korean (byeong) meaning "bright, luminous, glorious" combined with (ho) meaning "great, numerous, vast" or (ho) meaning "summer, sky, heaven". Other hanja character combinations are possible.
BYRNEmEnglish (Rare)
From an Irish surname which was derived from Ó Broin meaning "descendant of BRAN (1)".
BYRONmEnglish
From a surname which was originally from a place name meaning "place of the cow sheds" in Old English. This was the surname of the romantic poet Lord Byron (1788-1824), the writer of 'Don Juan' and many other works.
BYSSHEmEnglish (Rare)
From an English surname, a variant of the surname Bush, which originally indicated a person who lived near a bush. This was the middle name of the romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822).
BYUNG-HOmKorean
Variant transcription of BYEONG-HO.
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