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BETTANY f & m English
Most likely a combination of Betty
, or a variant of Betony
. This name is borne by English historian and writer Bettany Hughes (born 1968).
BEXAR m English
From San Antonio de Bexar (pronounced bay-har)
BEXLEY f English (Rare)
From an English surname originally meaning "box tree clearing", from a combination of the Old English byxe
BEZALEEL m Hebrew (Anglicized), English (Puritan)
Anglicized form of Hebrew Betsalel
, meaning "in the shadow." In the bible, this is the name of a son of Uri who was one of the architects of the tabernacle, and the name of an Israelite.
BIANNA f English, Mexican (?)
In English, this is an invented based on the popular name suffix -ianna. It is also Mexican, the meaning unknown. This is the name of a news anchor on Good Morning America, Bianna Golodryga.
BING m English (Rare)
Either from a surname, the origin of which is uncertain (possibly Old English bing
"(a) hollow"), or from a nickname, as was the case for American singer and actor Bing Crosby (1903-1977), who was originally called Bingo
BINNY f English
Diminutive of Benita
. In British television show, 'The Kids of 47A' (1973-1975), one of the sisters Gathercole is called Binny, but in this case her given name was Belinda
BIRCH m English
From the English word for the birch tree. Famous bearers include Birch Evans Bayh III, senator from Indiana, who assumed office in 1999. Birch Evans Bayh II was a senator from Indiana 1963-1981.
BLACKBIRD f & m English (Rare)
From the name of the animal, introduced into popular culture by the 1968 song of the same name performed by The Beatles.... [more]
BLADE m English, Popular Culture
From the traditionally English occupational surname for a cutler, from Middle English blade
, meaning "cutting edge" or "sword." Also an English word of the same meaning.... [more]
BLAKESLEY f English (American, Rare)
Derived from the English locational surname Blakesley
, which itself is derived from the name of the village of Blakesley in the English county of Northamptonshire. The village's name comes from Old English Blaculveslea
or Blaecwulves lea
meaning "Blaecwulf's wood" or "Blaecwulf's meadow"... [more]
BLAXTON m English
Transferred use of the surname Blaxton
, which is either derived from the name of the village in the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster (part of South Yorkshire, England) on the border of Lincolnshire or from from the Old English personal name Blaecstan
, meaning "black stone"
BLESS f & m English, Filipino
From the English word bless
meaning "to consecrate or confer divine favor upon".
BLESSED f & m English (Puritan), African
From the English word "blessed" meaning "having divine aid, or protection, or other blessing; held in veneration; revered", ultimately from Old English blētsian
"to consecrate (with blood)".
BLESSING f & m Puritan, English (Puritan)
From the English word blessing
meaning "gift from God". This was one of the virtue names adopted by the Puritans around the 17th century.
BLEU f & m English
From the French word for "blue
". Not typically used in France.
BLISS f & m English (Rare)
From a surname which meant "joy" from Middle English blisse
or "happy, friendly" from Middle High German blide
, originally a nickname for a cheerful person, or else directly from English word meaning "joy, happiness".
BLONDEL m French (Rare, Archaic), English (Rare, Archaic)
According to legend, Blondel was a troubadour who rescued the English king Richard the Lionheart, who had been captured while returning from the Crusades and was being held for ransom. The story goes that Blondel traveled Europe looking for Richard by playing the first verse of a song only they knew... [more]
BLOOM f English
From the English word bloom
, ultimately derived from Proto-Indo-European *bʰleh₃-
("to thrive, flower, bloom").
BLUE f & m English (Rare)
Middle English from Old French bleu
, ultimately of Germanic origin and related to Old English blǣwen
‘blue’ and Old Norse blár
BLUEBELL f English, Popular Culture
From the name of the flower, used to some extent as a first name when flower names were in vogue at the end of the 19th century.
BODE m English
Famous bearer: American skier Bode Miller
BODEN m English (Modern)
Likely an invented name based on the popular name syllable Bode
, from names such as Bodhi
. Alternatively it may be a transferred use of the surname Boden
, or a variant of Beauden
BON m English (Australian), Popular Culture
Given in honour of AC/DC rock star "Bon" Scott, who was born Ronald
Scott. His nickname was given to him at school, to differentiate him from another Ronald in his class. As he had recently emigrated from Scotland to Australia, he was named Bon, a reference to "Bonnie
BONE m English
Transferred use of the surname Bone
or from the English word bone
meaning "one of the structures composing the skeleton of a vertebrate".
BONHAM m English (Rare)
From an English surname which was originally a nickname from Old French bon homme
meaning "good man" and also, later, "peasant farmer".
BOOTH m English (Rare)
Derived from the Anglo-Scottish topographic surname Booth
, which is derived from Middle English bothe
meaning "booth, bothy, hut", which itself is ultimately derived from Old Norse búð
meaning "booth, dwelling, shelter"... [more]
BORONIA f English (Australian, Rare)
An Australian shrub with pink or red flowers which are famed for their exquisite scent. The plant is named after Francesco Borone
, a talented botanical field assistant who came to a tragic end.
BOSWELL m EnglishAnglo-Scottish
medieval surname of French
locational origin occasionally used as a male first name. The name was introduced by the Normans and comes from the town of Beuzeville in Normandy... [more]
BOULDIN m English (Modern, Rare)
The origins of the name Bouldin are from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the Old English personal name Bealding, which was originally derived from the name Beald. Bouldin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century... [more]
BOW m & f English (Rare)
A variant of Bo
, probably influenced by the word "bow" which is used to shoot with arrows or by the word "bowtie", or a diminutive of Rainbow
BOWER m English (Rare)
Transferred use of the surname Bower
. It was the middle name of John
(1877-1962), a Canadian ice hockey goaltender and member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
BOWIE m English, Popular Culture
From the traditionally Scottish and Irish surname, derived from a nickname from the Gaelic buidhe
"yellow, fair-haired". Possibly an Anglicized form of Ó Buadhaigh
meaning "descendant of Buadhach
BOYER m English
Variant of the English occupational surname Bowyer
meaning "bow maker" transferred into use as a given name.
BOZ m English, American
A nickname whose meaning is particular to the bearer. For example, Boz was used as a pen name by Charles Dickens
(1812-1870) in the 1830s when publishing short pieces in newspapers. Those pieces were compiled in the book 'Sketches by Boz' (1839)... [more]
BRACE m & f English
Likely intended as a variant of Brice
. Possibly from the English word "brace" meaning "that which holds anything tightly or supports it firmly; a bandage or a prop; a harness; the state of being braced or tight; tension"... [more]
BRACKEN f & m English (Modern)
From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Ó Breacáin
"descendant of Breacán
", or else directly from the English word bracken
, which refers to a coarse fern.
BRAISON m English (American)
Borne by Braison Cyrus, the son of country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, as a portmanteau of B. Ray's Son with B
, and -son
to indicate "son of" to mean, "The son of Billy Ray."
BRAMWELL m English
English surname used as a personal name. It comes from the Old English brom
meaning "broom" or "gorse" and well(a)
meaning "spring" or "stream".
BRANDIN m English (Modern)
Variant form of Brandon
. Also compare Brandyn
. Known bearers of this name include the former American professional basketball player Brandin Knight (b. 1981) and the American football player Brandin Cooks (b... [more]
BRANWELL m English
Variant of Bramwell
. A famous namesake is Patrick Branwell Brontë, brother of the famous Brontë sisters.
BRASS m English
Brass Crosby (1725-1793) was Lord Mayor of London in 1790. He had a famous run-in with the British Government over freedom of the press. It is said that his defiant attitude in the affair gave rise to the expression 'as bold as brass'.
BRAVE m & f English
From the English word "brave" meaning "strong in the face of fear; courageous; having any sort of superiority or excellence". It late took on an additional meaning of "a warrior of the indigenous peoples of the Americas"... [more]
BRAVO m English
Either from the Surname or the word. Also the name of an American cable TV station best known for Real Housewives.
BRAWLEIGH m English
Variant of Brawley
. A known bearer of this name is American Republican politician Brawleigh Graham.
BRAWLEY m English
Derived from the surname Brawley
, which can be of French origin as well as of Irish origin. A known bearer of this name is American actor Brawley Nolte (b. 1986), the son of American actor Nick Nolte (b... [more]
BRAYCE m & f English (American)
A "pattern name" formed from the initial letters Br
and the popular ending ayce
in the beginning of the 21st century.
BRAYLEEN f English
Possibly a combination of the English surname Bray
, from the Cornish bre
'hill' combined with the suffix -leen
. Another possibility is that it's a feminized variant of Brayden
combined with the suffix -leen
BRAYTON m English (Modern, Rare)
Likely a variant of Braden
, or else a transferred use of the English habitational surname Brayton
(which is derived from Old Norse breithr
"broad", or from the Old Norse personal name Breithi
, combined with Old English tun
BRE f English
Diminutive of name beginning with Bre-, Bri-, and Bry-. Most notably for Brianna