Given Name BESSARION

GENDER: Masculine
USAGE: Late Greek
OTHER SCRIPTS: Βησσαριων (Ancient Greek)

Meaning & History

Meaning uncertain, possibly from Greek βησσα (bessa) "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.
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Besarion, Beso (Georgian), Vissarion (Greek), Vissarion (Russian)

Categories

history, landforms, nature, trees, uncertain etymology
Entry updated December 8, 2017