Gender Masculine
Scripts Βησσαρίων(Ancient Greek)

Meaning & History

Meaning uncertain, possibly from Greek βῆσσα (bessa) meaning "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.

Related Names

Other Languages & CulturesBesarion, Beso(Georgian) Vissarion(Greek) Vissarion(Russian)


Entry updated May 29, 2020