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Gender Feminine & Masculine
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. BEHV-ər-lee
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Meaning & History

From a surname that was originally derived from the name of an English city, itself meaning "beaver stream" in Old English. It came into use as a masculine given name in the 19th century, and it became common as an American feminine name after the publication of George Barr McCutcheon's novel 'Beverly of Graustark' (1904).
VariantBeverley
DiminutiveBev

Sources & References

  • Cleveland Kent Evans, The Great Big Book of Baby Names (2006)

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