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Béla Kun was a Hungarian revolutionary and leader of the Hungarian Soviet Republic.
mymymetrocard  8/22/2018
With 55 560 bearers, Béla is the 27th most common masculine name in Hungary. (01/01/2016).
HerculePoirot  9/2/2016
The name Béla is from the Hungarian word 'bél' which means gut, bowel. [noted -ed]
HerculePoirot  7/14/2016
Hungary had four kings named Béla. The most famous of them was King Béla IV, who reestablished the country after the Tatar invasion in the 13th century.
evecke  12/29/2015
The right pronunciation: BAY-lah
Luckily this name is already in the top 100 in 2013 (ranked 93).
― Anonymous User  5/28/2014
Béla Fleck, fusion banjoist.
dimitridominic  1/12/2013
Would be mistaken for Bella in English half the time, so not a fan.
the_awesome_elf  3/2/2012
I do really like this name, but it's super irritating how often it's mistaken/mispronounced as "Bella", at least here in the US. You can't blame the name for others' ignorance, though.
boingloings  8/9/2011
Béla, Béla, Béla, Béla... this name is an utter charm! It is sophisticated without being pretentious, beautiful yet masculine, and a wonderful transition name from childhood to man (a boy could even be known as "Bo/Beau" in his young years-- or adult). Perhaps my liking spawns off the fact that I am an avid fan of old, black and white horror movies... Béla Lugosi, my friends?

In English-speaking countries (especially the United States) I do foresee potential gradeschool mocking... which is where my "Bo" nickname could come to play. As long as it is paired accordingly I see no issue establishing in the business world-- Béla Vincent Bodrogi, yes sir. A Béla Phoenix Appleseed, not entirely.

I still want parents to use with discretion and caution. Take into account your surrounding culture and all such things associated.
Francesca  5/24/2011
Some think the name Bela comes from Slavic meaning "white." This is not possible because the Hungarians had this name prior to their entry into central Europe in @896. They lived previously in what is now the Ukraine and previous to that had lived in the Kazan area of Russia. The only population influencing them there were Turkic people evidenced by their nearly total absorption of Turkic culture. Slavic words entered the language in the modern Hungarian area and were agricultural. The name could ultimately come from the Middle East since the ancient Hungarian alphabet originates there coming through Turkic peoples. There are three instances of the name in the Old Testament.
Philly1  5/1/2011
I don't see how that could be a boy name! It looks to close to Bella.
― Anonymous User  10/24/2010
Bela Tarr is a Hungarian film director.
lucyskydiamonds  3/6/2010
Bela Karolyi and his wife, Marta, coach gymnastics.
― Anonymous User  8/21/2008
Sounds a bit elderly and angry IMO.
GarbageGuy  5/16/2008
Běla (e with wedge) is a Czech name. It means "white" in Czech. Pronounced as "Bye-lah". Name Day: 21th January.
Karcoolka  6/26/2007
Bela was the name of a serial killer in Hungary/Serbia who'd marry women then kill them. (Scary huh)
Koolgal  3/24/2007
According to several Hungarians, the root of the name Bela derives from the name PETER.
Saciel  2/10/2007
A famous bearer is 'Bela B' aka Dirk Felsenheimer, former member of German Punk Band Die Aerzte.
― Anonymous User  1/20/2007
Famous bearer is Bela Lugosi!
razorblade_romance  12/19/2005
A famous bearer of the name was Béla Bartók. Born Béla Viktor János Bartók in what is now Romania (Sânnicolau Mare). He was one of the founders of ethnomusicology.
Maree  9/2/2005

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