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BLONDIE   f   English (Rare)
From a nickname for a person with blond hair. This is the name of the title character in a comic strip by Chic Young.
BLOSSOM   f   English
From the English word blossom, ultimately from Old English blóstm. It came into use as a rare given name in the 19th century.
BLUMA   f   Yiddish
Means "flower" in Yiddish.
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.
BOADICEA   f   Ancient Celtic (Latinized)
Latinized form of BOUDICCA.
BOAVENTURA   m   Portuguese
Portuguese form of BONAVENTURA.
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.
BOBBI   f   English
Diminutive of ROBERTA or BARBARA.
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.
BODIL   f   Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
From the Old Norse name Bóthildr, derived from bót "remedy" and hildr "battle".
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.
BOGLÁRKA   f   Hungarian
Means "buttercup" in Hungarian, derived from the archaic word boglár meaning "ornament".
BOGNA   f   Polish
Polish feminine form of BOGDAN.
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".
BOGUMIŁA   f   Polish
Feminine form of BOGUMIŁ.
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.
BOGUSŁAWA   f   Polish
Feminine form of BOGUSŁAW.
BOHDAN   m   Czech, Ukrainian
Czech and Ukrainian form of BOGDAN.
BOHUMIL   m   Czech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak form of BOGUMIŁ.
BOHUMILA   f   Czech
Czech feminine 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.
BOHUSLAVA   f   Czech, Ukrainian
Feminine form of BOHUSLAV.
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.
BOJANA   f   Slovene, Macedonian, Serbian, Croatian
Feminine form of BOJAN.
BOJIDAR   m   Bulgarian
Variant transcription of BOZHIDAR.
BOLANLE   f   Western African, Yoruba
Means "finds wealth at home" in Yoruba.
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.
BOLESLAVA   f   Czech (Rare), Russian (Rare)
Czech and Russian feminine 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.
BOLESŁAWA   f   Polish (Rare)
Feminine form of BOLESŁAW.
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.
BOLORMAA   f   Mongolian
Means "crystal mother" in Mongolian.
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 (Rare), Hungarian (Rare)
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 (Rare)
German form of Bonifatius (see BONIFACE).
BONITA   f   English
Means "pretty" in Spanish. It has been used as a name in the English-speaking world since the beginning of the 20th century.
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.
BONNIE   f   English
Means "pretty" from the Scottish word bonnie, which was itself derived from Middle French bon "good". It has been in use as an American given name since the 19th century, and it became especially popular after the movie 'Gone with the Wind' (1939), in which it was the nickname of Scarlett's daughter.
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.
BOPHA   f   Khmer
Means "flower" in Khmer, ultimately from Pali.
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.
BORA (2)   f   Albanian
Derived from Albanian borë meaning "snow".
BORA (3)   f   Korean
Means "purple" in Korean.
BORAN   m   Turkish
Means "thunderstorm" in Turkish.
BORBÁLA   f   Hungarian
Hungarian variant of BARBARA.
BORGHILD   f   Norwegian, Norse Mythology
Derived from the Old Norse elements borg "fortification" and hildr "battle". In Norse mythology she was the wife of Sigmund.
BORGHILDUR   f   Icelandic
Icelandic form of BORGHILD.
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".
BORISLAVA   f   Bulgarian, Serbian, Russian
Feminine form of BORISLAV.
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.
BORIVOJ   m   Serbian, Croatian
Serbian and Croatian form of BOŘIVOJ.
BORIVOJE   m   Serbian
Serbian form of BOŘIVOJ.
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.
BORÓKA   f   Hungarian
Means "juniper" in Hungarian.
BORUT   m   Slovene
Diminutive of BORIS.
BORYA   m   Russian
Diminutive of BORIS.
BORYS   m   Polish, Ukrainian
Polish and Ukrainian form of BORIS.
BOSEDE   f   Western African, Yoruba
Means "born on Sunday" in Yoruba.
BOŠKO   m   Serbian, Croatian, Slovene
Diminutive of BOGDAN or BOŽIDAR.
BOSMAT   f   Hebrew
Hebrew variant of BASEMATH.
BOSSE   m   Swedish
Swedish diminutive of BO (1).
BOŠTJAN   m   Slovene
Short form of SEBASTJAN.
BÓTHILDR   f   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of BODIL.
BOTOND   m   Hungarian
Means "stick, mace" in Hungarian.
BOTROS   m   Arabic, Coptic
Variant transcription of BUTRUS.
BOTUM   f   Khmer
Means "lotus" in Khmer.
BOUDEWIJN   m   Dutch
Dutch form of BALDWIN.
BOUDICCA   f   Ancient Celtic
Derived from Brythonic boud meaning "victory". This was the name of a 1st-century queen of the Iceni who led the Britons in revolt against the Romans. Eventually her forces were defeated and she committed suicide.
BOULOS   m   Arabic
Variant transcription of BULUS.
BOUTROS   m   Arabic, Coptic
Variant transcription of BUTRUS.
BOYAN   m   Bulgarian
Bulgarian form of BOJAN.
BOYANA   f   Bulgarian
Bulgarian form of BOJANA.
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.
BOYKA   f   Bulgarian
Feminine form of BOYKO.
BOYKO   m   Bulgarian
Originally a diminutive of names containing the Slavic element boji meaning "battle".
BOŽA   m   Serbian
Diminutive of BOŽIDAR.
BOŽENA   f   Czech, Slovak, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian
Derived from the Slavic element bozy meaning "divine".
BOŻENA   f   Polish
Polish cognate of BOŽENA.
BOZHENA   f   Medieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic form of BOŽENA.
BOZHIDAR   m   Bulgarian, Macedonian, Medieval Slavic
Bulgarian and Macedonian form of BOŽIDAR.
BOZHIDARA   f   Bulgarian
Bulgarian feminine form of BOŽIDAR.
BOZHO   m   Medieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic form of BOŽO.
BOŽICA   f   Croatian
Diminutive of BOŽENA. It also means "goddess" in Croatian.
BOŽIDAR   m   Serbian, Croatian, Slovene
Means "divine gift" from the Slavic elements bozy "divine" and daru "gift".
BOŽIDARKA   f   Serbian
Feminine form of BOŽIDAR.
BOŽO   m   Croatian, Serbian, Slovene
Originally a diminutive of BOŽIDAR and other names beginning with the Slavic element bozy meaning "divine".
BÖZSI   f   Hungarian
Diminutive of ERZSÉBET.
BOŻYDAR   m   Polish
Polish cognate of BOŽIDAR.
BRAAM   m   Dutch, Limburgish
Dutch and Limburgish short form of ABRAHAM.
BRACHA   f   Hebrew
Means "blessing" in Hebrew.
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.
BRAELYN   f   English (Modern)
A recently created name, formed using the popular name suffix lyn.
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.
BRANCA   f   Portuguese, Galician
Portuguese and Galician form of BLANCHE.
BRAND   m   English (Rare)
From a surname, a variant of BRANT.
BRANDA   f   English (Rare)
Perhaps a variant of BRANDY or a feminine form of BRAND.
BRANDE   f   English
Variant of BRANDY.
BRANDEE   f   English
Variant of BRANDY.
BRANDEN   m   English
Variant of BRANDON.
BRANDI   f   English
Variant of BRANDY.
BRANDIE   f   English
Variant of BRANDY.
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.
BRÂNDUȘA   f   Romanian
Means "crocus" in Romanian.
BRANDY   f   English
From the English word brandy for the alcoholic drink. It is ultimately from Dutch brandewijn "burnt wine". It has been in use as a given name since the 1960s.
BRANIMIR   m   Croatian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Slovene
Derived from the Slavic element borna "protection" combined with miru meaning "peace, world".
BRANIMIRA   f   Croatian, Serbian, Bulgarian
Feminine form of BRANIMIR.
BRANISLAVA   f   Serbian, Slovak, Czech, Slovene
Serbian, Slovak, Czech and Slovene feminine form of BRONISŁAW.
BRAŇKA   f   Slovak
Slovak diminutive of BRANISLAVA.
BRANKA   f   Serbian, Croatian, Slovene
Feminine form of BRANKO.
BRANKICA   f   Croatian, Serbian
Feminine diminutive of BRANKO.
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.
BRANWEN   f   Welsh, Welsh Mythology
Means "beautiful raven" from Welsh bran "raven" and gwen "fair, white, blessed". In the Mabinogion, a collection of tales from Welsh myth, she is the sister of the British king Bran and the wife of the Irish king Matholwch.
BRÁS   m   Portuguese
Portuguese form of BLAISE.
BRATISLAV   m   Serbian
Derived from the Slavic elements bratu "brother" and slava "glory".
BRATISLAVA   f   Serbian
Feminine form of BRATISLAV. This is the name of the capital city of Slovakia, though it is unrelated.
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".
BRAVA   f   Esperanto
Means "valiant, brave" in Esperanto.
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.
BREANA   f   English (Modern)
Variant of BRIANA.
BRÉANAINN   m   Ancient Irish
Old Irish form of BRENDAN.
BREANDÁN   m   Irish
Irish Gaelic form of BRENDAN.
BREANN   f   English (Modern)
Feminine form of BRIAN.
BREANNA   f   English
Variant of BRIANA.
BREANNE   f   English (Modern)
Feminine form of BRIAN.
BRECHT   m   Dutch
Short form of names containing brecht, often derived from the Germanic element beraht meaning "bright".
BRECHTJE   f   Dutch
Feminine form of BRECHT.
BREDA   f   Irish
Anglicized form of BRÍD.
BREE   f   Irish
Anglicized form of BRÍGH.
BREESHEY   f   Manx
Manx form of BRIDGET.
BREINDEL   f   Yiddish
Means "brunette" in Yiddish.
BREIXO   m   Galician
Galician form of VERÍSSIMO.
BRENDA   f   English
Possibly a feminine form of the Old Norse name Brandr, meaning "sword", which was brought to Britain in the Middle Ages. This name is sometimes used as a feminine form of BRENDAN.
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.
BRENNA   f   English
Possibly a variant of BRENDA or a feminine form of BRENNAN.
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-).
BRIALLEN   f   Welsh
Derived from Welsh briallu meaning "primrose". This is a modern Welsh name.
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.
BRIANA   f   English
Feminine form of BRIAN. This name was used by Edmund Spenser in 'The Faerie Queene' (1590). The name was not commonly used until the 1970s, when it rapidly became popular in the United States.
BRIANNA   f   English
Variant of BRIANA.
BRIANNE   f   English (Modern)
Feminine form of BRIAN.
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.
BRÍD   f   Irish
Modern form of BRIGHID.
BRIDE   f   Irish
Anglicized form of BRÍD.
BRIDGER   m   English (Modern)
From an English surname which originally indicated a person who lived near or worked on a bridge.
BRIDGET   f   Irish, English, Irish Mythology
Anglicized form of the Irish name Brighid which means "exalted one". In Irish mythology this was the name of the goddess of fire, poetry and wisdom, the daughter of the god Dagda. In the 5th century it was borne by Saint Brigid, the founder of a monastery at Kildare and a patron saint of Ireland. Because of the saint, the name was considered sacred in Ireland, and it did not come into general use there until the 17th century. In the form Birgitta this name has been common in Scandinavia, made popular by the 14th-century Saint Birgitta of Sweden, patron saint of Europe.
BRIDGETTE   f   English
Variant of BRIDGET.
BRIDIE   f   Irish
Anglicized diminutive of BRÍD.
BRIELLA   f   English (Modern)
Short form of GABRIELLA.
BRIELLE   f   English (Modern)
Short form of GABRIELLE. This is also the name of towns in the Netherlands and New Jersey, though their names derive from a different source.
BRÍGH   f   Irish
Derived from Irish brígh meaning "power, high".
BRIGHAM   m   English (Rare)
From a surname which was originally derived from place names meaning "bridge settlement" in Old English.
BRIGHID   f   Irish, Irish Mythology
Irish form of BRIDGET.
BRIGID   f   Irish, Irish Mythology
Variant of BRIGHID.
BRÍGIDA   f   Portuguese
Portuguese form of BRIDGET.
BRIGIDA   f   Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of BRIDGET.
BRIGIT   f   Irish Mythology
Old Irish form of BRIDGET.
BRIGITA   f   Slovene, Croatian, Latvian
Slovene, Croatian and Latvian form of BRIDGET.
BRIGITTA   f   German, Dutch, Hungarian
German, Dutch and Hungarian form of BRIDGET.
BRIGITTE   f   German, French
German and French form of BRIDGET.
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.
BRIONY   f   English (Rare)
Variant of BRYONY.
BRISCOE   m   English (Rare)
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "birch wood" in Old Norse.
BRISEIDA   f   Literature
Form of BRISEIS used in medieval tales about the Trojan War.
BRISEIS   f   Greek Mythology
Patronymic derived from Βρισευς (Briseus), a Greek name of unknown meaning. In Greek mythology Briseis (real name Hippodameia) was the daughter of Briseus. She was captured during the Trojan War by Achilles. After Agamemnon took her away from him, Achilles refused to fight in the war.
BRÎSKA   f   Kurdish
Means "glitter" in Kurdish.
BRISTOL   m   English (Rare)
From the name of the city in southwest England which means "the site of the bridge".
BRIT   f   Norwegian
Norwegian short form of BIRGITTA.
BRITA   f   Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish
Diminutive of BIRGITTA.
BRITANNIA   f   English (Rare)
From the Latin name of the island of Britain, in occasional use as an English given name since the 18th century. This is also the name of the Roman female personification of Britain pictured on some British coins.
BRITNEY   f   English (Modern)
Variant of BRITTANY.
BRITT   f   Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Scandinavian short form of BIRGITTA.
BRITTA   f   Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Scandinavian short form of BIRGITTA.
BRITTANY   f   English
From the name of the region in the northwest of France, called in French Bretagne. It was named for the Britons who settled there after the fall of the Western Roman Empire and the invasions of the Anglo-Saxons. As a given name, it first came into common use in America in the 1970s.
BRITTNY   f   English (Modern)
Variant of BRITTANY.
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.
BRON   f   Welsh
Short form of BRONWEN.
BRÓNACH   f   Irish
Derived from Irish Gaelic brón meaning "sorrow". Saint Brónach was a 6th-century mystic from Ireland.
BRONAGH   f   Irish
Anglicized form of BRÓNACH.
BRONIMIR   m   Polish (Rare)
Polish form of BRANIMIR.
BRONISLAV   m   Czech, Slovak, Russian, Medieval Slavic
Czech and Russian form of BRONISŁAW.
BRONISLAVA   f   Czech, Slovak, Russian
Czech, Slovak and Russian feminine 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.
BRONISŁAWA   f   Polish
Feminine form of BRONISŁAW.
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.
BRONWEN   f   Welsh
Derived from the Welsh elements bron "breast" and gwen "white, fair, blessed".
BRONWYN   f   Welsh
Variant of BRONWEN.
BROOK   m & f   English
From an English surname which denoted one who lived near a brook.
BROOKE   f   English
Variant of BROOK. The name came into use in the 1950s, probably influenced by American socialite Brooke Astor (1902-2007). It was further popularized by actress Brooke Shields (1965-).
BROOKLYN   f   English (Modern)
From the name of the borough of New York City, originally derived from Dutch Breukelen meaning "broken land". It can also be viewed as a combination of BROOK and the popular name suffix lyn.
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-).
BRUNA   f   Italian, Portuguese, Croatian
Feminine form of BRUNO.
BRUNELLA   f   Italian
Feminine diminutive of BRUNO.
BRÜNHILD   f   German, Germanic Mythology
Derived from the Germanic elements brun "armour, protection" and hild "battle". It is cognate with the Old Norse name Brynhildr (from the elements bryn and hildr). In Norse legend Brynhildr was the queen of the Valkyries who was rescued by the hero Sigurd. In the Germanic saga the 'Nibelungenlied' she was a queen of Iceland and the wife of Günther. Both of these characters were probably inspired by the eventful life of the 6th-century Frankish queen Brunhilda (of Visigothic birth).
BRUNHILDA   f   History
Variant of BRÜNHILD, referring to the Frankish queen.
BRUNIHILD   f   Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of BRÜNHILD.
BRUNILDA   f   Spanish, Italian, Portuguese
Spanish, Italian and Portuguese form of BRÜNHILD.
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.
BRYANA   f   English (Modern)
Variant of BRIANA.
BRYANNA   f   English (Modern)
Variant of BRIANA.
BRYANNE   f   English (Rare)
Feminine form of BRIAN.
BRYANT   m   English
From a surname which was derived from the given name BRIAN.
BRYCE   m   English
Variant of BRICE.
BRYGIDA   f   Polish
Polish form of BRIDGET.
BRYN   m & f   Welsh, English
Means "hill, mound" in Welsh. It is now used as a feminine name as well.
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