Feminine Names

gender
usage
Avonlea f English (Rare)
Created by Lucy Maud Montgomery as the setting for her novel Anne of Green Gables (1908). She may have based the name on the Arthurian island of Avalon, though it also resembles the river name Avon and leah "woodland, clearing".
Avra f Greek
Greek form of Aura.
Avril f French (Rare), English (Rare)
French form of April. A famous bearer is the Canadian musician Avril Lavigne (1984-).
Avrora f Russian, Ukrainian
Russian and Ukrainian form of Aurora.
Awa f Western African
Form of Hawa typical of western Africa.
Awee f & m Indigenous American, Navajo
From Navajo awéé' meaning "baby".
Āwhina f Maori
Means "help, support" in Maori.
Awilix f Mayan Mythology
Meaning uncertain, possibly from a place name Awilizapan, or possibly from a Q'eqchi' Maya word meaning "swallow (bird)". This was the name of the K'iche' Maya goddess of the moon, night and death.
Awinita f Indigenous American, Cherokee
Means "fawn" in Cherokee, derived from ᎠᏫ (awi) meaning "deer".
Awiti f Eastern African, Luo
Means "thrown away" in Luo, possibly used for a child born prematurely.
Awotwi m & f Western African, Akan
Means "eighth born child" in Akan.
Axelle f French
Feminine form of Axel.
Aya 1 f Japanese
From Japanese (aya) meaning "colour", (aya) meaning "design", or other kanji characters with the same pronunciation.
Aya 2 f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic آية (see Ayah).
Ayaan 2 f Eastern African, Somali
Means "good luck" in Somali.
Ayah f Arabic
Means "sign, evidence" or "verse" in Arabic, as in one of the passages that make up the Quran.
Ayaka f Japanese
From Japanese (aya) meaning "colour" combined with (ka) or (ka) both meaning "flower". Other kanji combinations are possible.
Ayako f Japanese
From Japanese (aya) meaning "colour", (aya) meaning "design" or (aya) meaning "brilliant fabric design, kimono design" combined with (ko) meaning "child". Other combinations of kanji characters are also possible.
Ayala f Hebrew
Means "doe, female deer" in Hebrew.
Ayame f Japanese
From Japanese 菖蒲 (ayame) meaning "iris (flower)". Other kanji or combinations of kanji can also form this name.
Ayanda m & f Southern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele
Means "they are increasing" in Zulu, Xhosa and Ndebele.
Ayane f Japanese
From Japanese (aya) meaning "colour", (aya) meaning "design" or (aya) meaning "brilliant fabric design, kimono design" combined with (ne) meaning "sound". Other kanji combinations are possible.
Ayano f Japanese
From Japanese (aya) meaning "colour" or (aya) meaning "design" combined with (no), a possessive particle. Other combinations of kanji characters can also form this name.
Ayaulym f Kazakh
Means "beloved" in Kazakh.
Ayda f Arabic, Persian, Turkish
Means "returning, visitor" in Arabic. In Turkey this is also associated with ay meaning "moon".
Aydan 1 f Turkish
Means "from the moon" in Turkish.
Ayelen f Indigenous American, Mapuche
From Mapuche ayelen "laughing", ayliñ "clear" or aylen "ember".
Ayelet f Hebrew
Means "doe, female deer, gazelle". It is taken from the Hebrew phrase אַיֶלֶת הַשַׁחַר ('ayelet hashachar), literally "gazelle of dawn", which is a name of the morning star.
Ayesha f Arabic, Urdu
Alternate transcription of Arabic عائشة or Urdu عائشہ (see Aisha).
Aygerim f Kazakh
Alternate transcription of Kazakh Әйгерім (see Aigerim).
Aygol f Bashkir, Tatar
Bashkir and Tatar form of Aygül.
Aygül f Turkish, Uyghur, Azerbaijani
Derived from the Turkic element ay meaning "moon" combined with Persian گل (gol) meaning "flower, rose". In some languages this is also a name for a variety of flowering plant that grows in central Asia (species Fritillaria eduardii).
Aygul f Uyghur
Alternate transcription of Uyghur ئايگۇل (see Aygül).
Aygün f Turkish, Azerbaijani
Derived from the Turkic elements ay "moon" and gün "sun".
Ayishah f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic عائشة (see Aisha).
Ayla 1 f Hebrew
Alternate transcription of Hebrew אֵלָה (see Ela 3).
Ayla 2 f Turkish
Means "moonlight, halo" in Turkish.
Ayla 3 f Literature, English (Modern)
Created for the novel Clan of the Cave Bear (1980) by author Jean M. Auel. In the novel Ayla is an orphaned Cro-Magnon girl adopted by Neanderthals. Ayla is the Neanderthal pronunciation of her real name, which is not given.... [more]
Aylin f Turkish, Azerbaijani
Means "of the moon" in Turkish and Azerbaijani, from Turkic ay "moon".
Ayn f Various
This name was assumed by Ayn Rand (1905-1982), originally named Alice Rosenbaum, a Russian-American writer and philosopher. She apparently based it on a Finnish name she had heard, but never seen written.
Aýna f Turkmen
Means "mirror" in Turkmen, ultimately from Persian آینه (ayneh).
Ayna f Kazakh
Alternate transcription of Kazakh Айна (see Aina 5).
Aýnabat f Turkmen
Derived from Turkmen "moon" and nabat "sugar".
Aynur f Turkish, Azerbaijani, Uyghur
Means "moon light" in Turkish, Azerbaijani and Uyghur, ultimately from Turkic ay meaning "moon" and Arabic نور (nur) meaning "light".
Aynura f Kyrgyz
Alternate transcription of Kyrgyz Айнура (see Ainura).
Ayo f & m Western African, Yoruba
From Yoruba ayọ̀ meaning "joy", or a short form of other names containing this element.
Ayodele m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "joy has come home" in Yoruba.
Ayomide f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means "my joy has arrived" in Yoruba.
Ayotunde m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "joy has come again" in Yoruba.
Ayşe f Turkish
Turkish form of Aisha.
Ayşegül f Turkish
Combination of Ayşe and Persian گل (gol) meaning "flower, rose".
Aysel f Turkish, Azerbaijani
Means "moon flood" in Turkish and Azerbaijani, from Turkic ay "moon" and sel "flood, stream".
Ayşenur f Turkish
Combination of Ayşe and Arabic نور (nur) meaning "light".
Aysima f Turkish
Derived from Turkish ay meaning "moon" and sima meaning "face" (of Persian origin).
Aysu f Turkish
Derived from Turkish ay meaning "moon" and su meaning "water".
Aysun f Turkish
Means "as beautiful as the moon" in Turkish.
Aytaç m & f Turkish
Derived from Turkish ay meaning "moon" and taç meaning "crown" (of Persian origin).
Ayten f Turkish
Derived from Turkish ay meaning "moon" and ten meaning "skin" (of Persian origin).
Ayumi f Japanese
From Japanese (ayumi) meaning "walk, step". It can also be from (a) meaning "second, Asia" combined with (yu) meaning "reason, cause" and (mi) meaning "beautiful". Otherwise it can be written with different combinations of kanji, or with the hiragana writing system.
Ayün f Indigenous American, Mapuche
Means "love" in Mapuche.
Azahar f Spanish (Rare)
Means "orange blossom" in Spanish, ultimately from Arabic زهرة (zahrah) meaning "flower". It is taken from the title of the Virgin Mary, Nuestra Señora del Azahar, meaning "Our Lady of the Orange Blossom", because of the citrus trees that surround a church devoted to her near Murcia.
Azahara f Spanish
Variant of Azahar. It can also be given in reference to the ruined Moorish city of Medina Azahara in Córdoba, which derives from the related Arabic root زهر (zahara) meaning "to shine".
Azalaïs f Occitan
Occitan form of Adelais.
Azalea f English (Modern)
From the name of the flower (shrubs of the genus Rhododendron), ultimately derived from Greek ἀζαλέος (azaleos) meaning "dry".
Azaliya f Russian
Russian cognate of Azalea.
Azar f & m Persian
Means "fire" in Persian.
Azaria m & f Hebrew, English (Modern)
Hebrew form of Azariah (masculine), as well as a feminine variant in the English-speaking world.
Azélie f French (Rare)
Perhaps a form of Azalaïs. It was borne by Saint Marie-Azélie Guérin (1831-1877), also called Zélie, the mother of Thérèse of Lisieux.
Azeneth f Spanish (Latin American, Rare)
Possibly a Spanish variant of Asenath.
Aziza f Arabic, Uzbek, Kyrgyz
Feminine form of Aziz.
Azize f Turkish
Turkish feminine form of Aziz.
Azra f Arabic, Turkish, Bosnian, Persian, Urdu
Means "virgin" in Arabic.
Azubah f Biblical
Means "forsaken" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of Caleb's wife.
Azucena f Spanish
Means "madonna lily" in Spanish.
Azura f English (Rare)
Elaboration of Azure.
Azure f & m English (Rare)
From the English word that means "sky blue". It is ultimately (via Old French, Latin and Arabic) from Persian لاجورد (lajvard) meaning "azure, lapis lazuli".
Azzurra f Italian
Means "azure, sky blue" in Italian.
Baako m & f Western African, Akan
Means "first born child" in Akan.
Babette f French, German, Dutch, English
French diminutive of Élisabeth or Barbara.
Babirye f Eastern African, Ganda
Means "first of twins" in Luganda.
Babs f English
Diminutive of Barbara.
Badr m & f Arabic
Means "full moon" in Arabic.
Bahar f Persian, Turkish
Means "spring" in Persian and Turkish.
Bahargül f Turkmen
Derived from Turkmen bahar meaning "spring" and gül meaning "flower, rose" (both roots ultimately of Persian origin).
Bahati f & m Eastern African, Swahili
Means "luck, good fortune" in Swahili.
Bahiga f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic بهيجة (see Bahija).
Bahija f Arabic
Means "happy" in Arabic.
Bahiyya f Arabic
Means "beautiful" in Arabic.
Bai m & f Chinese
From Chinese (bái) meaning "white, pure", (bǎi) meaning "one hundred, many" or (bǎi) meaning "cypress tree, cedar" (which is usually only masculine). Other Chinese characters can form this name as well. This name was borne in the 8th century by the Tang dynasty poet Li Bai, whose given was .
Baila f Yiddish
Variant of Beyle.
Bailey m & f English
From an English surname derived from Middle English baili meaning "bailiff", originally denoting one who was a bailiff.... [more]
Báirbre f Irish
Irish form of Barbara.
Bakarne f Basque
Feminine form of Bakar.
Baktygul f Kyrgyz
Derived from Persian بخت (bakht) meaning "fortune, happiness" and گل (gol) meaning "flower, rose".
Bala 1 m & f Hinduism, Tamil
Means "young" in Sanskrit. This is a transcription of both the masculine form बाल and the feminine form बाला (a minor Hindu goddess).
Bala 2 f Biblical Latin
Latin form of Bilhah.
Balbina f Spanish, Portuguese (Rare), Polish (Rare), Italian (Rare), Ancient Roman
Feminine form of Balbinus. Saint Balbina was a 2nd-century Roman woman martyred with her father Quirinus.
Balla f Biblical Greek
Greek form of Bilhah.
Balqis f Arabic
Variant of Bilqis.
Balwinder m & f Indian (Sikh)
From Sanskrit बल (bala) meaning "strength, might" combined with the name of the Hindu god Indra.
Bambi f English
Derived from Italian bambina meaning "young girl". The American novelist Marjorie Benton Cooke used it in her novel Bambi (1914). This was also the name of a male deer in a cartoon by Walt Disney, which was based on a 1923 novel by Swiss author Felix Salten.
Bamidele m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "follow me home" in Yoruba.
Bandile m & f Southern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele
Means "they have increased" in Zulu, Xhosa and Ndebele.
Banu f Turkish
From Persian بانو (banu) meaning "lady".
Bảo m & f Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (bảo) meaning "treasure, jewel".
Bao f & m Chinese
From Chinese (bǎo) meaning "treasure, jewel, precious, rare", (bāo) meaning "praise, honour" or (bāo) meaning "bud" (which is usually only feminine). Other Chinese characters are possible as well.
Bára f Czech
Czech diminutive of Barbora.
Bara f Croatian
Croatian short form of Barbara.
Barabal f Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic form of Barbara.
Baran f & m Persian, Turkish, Kurdish
Means "rain" in Persian. It is typically feminine in Persian and masculine in Turkish and Kurdish.
Barb f English
Short form of Barbara.
Bárbara f Portuguese, Spanish
Portuguese and Spanish form of Barbara.
Barbara f English, Italian, French, German, Polish, Hungarian, Slovene, Croatian, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Late Roman
Derived from Greek βάρβαρος (barbaros) meaning "foreign". According to legend, Saint Barbara was a young woman killed by her father Dioscorus, who was then killed by a bolt of lightning. She is the patron of architects, geologists, stonemasons and artillerymen. Because of her renown, the name came into general use in the Christian world in the Middle Ages. In England it became rare after the Protestant Reformation, but it was revived in the 19th century.
Barbare f Georgian
Georgian form of Barbara.
Barbe f French
French form of Barbara. In modern times it is usually only used in reference to the saint, while Barbara is more common as a given name.
Bärbel f German
German diminutive of Barbara.
Barbie f English
Diminutive of Barbara.
Barbora f Czech, Slovak, Lithuanian
Czech, Slovak and Lithuanian form of Barbara.
Barbra f English
Variant of Barbara.
Barbro f Swedish
Swedish form of Barbara.
Barica f Croatian
Croatian diminutive of Barbara.
Başak f Turkish
Means "ear of wheat" in Turkish. This is also the Turkish name for the constellation Virgo.
Basemath f Biblical, Biblical Latin
Means "fragrance" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of a wife of Esau.
Basemmath f Biblical Greek
Form of Basemath and Basmath used in the Greek Old Testament.
Bashe f Hebrew
Diminutive of Batyah.
Basia 1 f Polish
Polish diminutive of Barbara.
Basia 2 f Hebrew
Diminutive of Batyah.
Basima f Arabic
Feminine form of Basim.
Basira f Arabic
Feminine form of Basir.
Basma f Arabic
Means "smile" in Arabic, from the root بَسَمَ (basama).
Basmat f Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of Basemath and Basmath.
Basmath f Biblical, Biblical Latin
Variant of Basemath. This was the name of a daughter of Solomon in the Old Testament.
Bast f Egyptian Mythology
From Egyptian bꜣstt, which was possibly derived from bꜣs meaning "(ointment) jar". In Egyptian mythology Bast was a goddess of cats, fertility and the sun who was considered a protector of Lower Egypt. She was often depicted with the head of a lioness or a house cat. As her role in the Egyptian pantheon diminished, she was called Bastet.
Bastet f Egyptian Mythology
From Egyptian bꜣstjt, a variant of Bast. This form of the name, was given to her after the similar goddess Sekhmet (protector of Upper Egypt) became more important.
Basya f Hebrew
Diminutive of Batyah.
Batari f Indonesian
Means "goddess" in Indonesian.
Batel f Hebrew
Means "daughter of God" in Hebrew.
Bathsheba f Biblical
Means "daughter of the oath" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of a woman married to Uriah the Hittite. King David seduced her and made her pregnant, so he arranged to have her husband killed in battle and then married her. She was the mother of Solomon.
Batsheva f Hebrew
Hebrew variant of Bathsheba.
Batul f Arabic
Means "virgin" in Arabic. This is an Arabic epithet of the Virgin Mary.
Batya f Hebrew
Hebrew variant of Bithiah.
Batyah f Hebrew
Hebrew variant of Bithiah.
Bayley m & f English (Modern)
Variant of Bailey.
Baylor m & f English (Modern)
From a surname, possibly an Americanized form of the German surname Beiler, derived from Middle High German beile meaning "measuring stick".
Bea f English, Hungarian, Dutch
Short form of Beatrix or Beáta.
Beáta f Hungarian, Czech, Slovak
Hungarian, Czech and Slovak form of Beata.
Beata f Polish, German, Swedish, Danish, Late Roman
Derived from Latin beatus meaning "blessed". This was the name of a few minor saints.
Beāte f Latvian
Latvian form of Beata.
Beate f German, Norwegian, Danish
German form of Beata.
Beathag f Scottish Gaelic
Feminine form of Beathan.
Béatrice f French
French form of Beatrix.
Beatrice f Italian, English, Swedish, Romanian
Italian form of Beatrix. Beatrice Portinari (1266-1290) was the woman who was loved by the Italian poet Dante Alighieri. She serves as Dante's guide through paradise in his epic poem the Divine Comedy (1321). This is also the name of a character in Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing (1599), in which Beatrice and Benedick are fooled into confessing their love for one another.
Beatrise f Latvian
Latvian form of Beatrix.
Beatriu f Catalan
Catalan form of Beatrix.
Beatrix f German, Hungarian, Dutch, English, Late Roman
Probably from Viatrix, a feminine form of the Late Latin name Viator meaning "voyager, traveller". It was a common name amongst early Christians, and the spelling was altered by association with Latin beatus "blessed, happy". Viatrix or Beatrix was a 4th-century saint who was strangled to death during the persecutions of Diocletian.... [more]
Beatriz f Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of Beatrix.
Beau m & f English, Dutch (Modern)
Means "beautiful" in French. It has been used as a given name since the middle of the 20th century. In Margaret Mitchell's novel Gone with the Wind (1936) this is the name of Ashley and Melanie's son.... [more]
Bébhinn f Irish (Rare)
Modern form of Bébinn.
Bébinn f Old Irish, Irish Mythology
Means "fair woman", from Old Irish "woman" and finn "fair, white". This name was borne by several characters in Irish mythology, including the mother of the hero Fráech.
Becca f English
Short form of Rebecca.
Becka f English
Short form of Rebecca.
Beckah f English
Short form of Rebecca.
Becky f English
Diminutive of Rebecca.
Bedelia f Irish
Irish diminutive of Bridget.
Bedisa f Georgian
Derived from Georgian ბედი (bedi) meaning "fate" (genitive ბედის).
Bedřiška f Czech
Czech feminine form of Frederick.
Bee f English
Short form of Beatrix and other names beginning with B.
Begoña f Spanish, Basque
From a title of the Virgin Mary, Nuestra Señora de Begoña, meaning "Our Lady of Begoña", the patron saint of Biscay, Spain. Begoña is a district and basilica in the city of Bilbao.
Begüm f Turkish
From a royal title, a feminine form of the Turkic beg meaning "chieftain" (modern Turkish bey).
Behiye f Turkish
Turkish form of Bahiyya.
Beitris f Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic form of Beatrice.
Běla f Czech
Derived from the old Slavic word белъ (belu) meaning "white".
Belén f Spanish
Spanish form of Bethlehem, the name of the town in Judah where King David and Jesus were born. The town's name is from Hebrew בֵּית־לֶחֶם (Beit-lechem) meaning "house of bread".
Belgin f Turkish
Means "clear" in Turkish.
Belinay f Turkish (Modern)
Means "reflection of the moon on a lake" in Turkish.
Belinda f English
The meaning of this name is not known for certain. The first element could be related to Italian bella "beautiful". The second element could be Germanic lind meaning "flexible, soft, tender" (and by extension "snake, serpent"). This name first arose in the 17th century, and was subsequently used by Alexander Pope in his poem The Rape of the Lock (1712).
Belinha f Portuguese
Portuguese diminutive of Isabel.
Bella f English
Short form of Isabella and other names ending in bella. It is also associated with the Italian word bella meaning "beautiful". It was used by the American author Stephenie Meyer for the main character in her popular Twilight series of novels, first released 2005, later adapted into a series of movies beginning 2008.
Bellamy f & m English (Modern)
From an English surname derived from Old French bel ami meaning "beautiful friend".
Bellatrix f Astronomy
Means "female warrior" in Latin. This is the name of the star that marks the left shoulder of the constellation Orion.
Belle f English
Short form of Isabella or names ending in belle. It is also associated with the French word belle meaning "beautiful". A famous bearer was Belle Starr (1848-1889), an outlaw of the American west, whose real given name was Maybelle.
Bellona f Roman Mythology
Derived from Latin bellare meaning "to fight". This was the name of the Roman goddess of war, a companion of Mars.
Belma f Bosnian, Turkish
Meaning unknown.
Belphoebe f Literature
Combination of Old French bele "beautiful" and the name Phoebe. This name was first used by Edmund Spenser in his poem The Faerie Queene (1590).
Benedetta f Italian
Italian feminine form of Benedict.
Benedicta f Late Roman
Feminine form of Benedictus (see Benedict).
Bénédicte f French
French feminine form of Benedict.
Benedicte f Norwegian, Danish
Norwegian and Danish feminine form of Benedict.
Benedikta f German (Rare)
German feminine form of Benedict.
Benedikte f Danish, Norwegian
Danish and Norwegian feminine form of Benedict.
Benedita f Portuguese
Portuguese feminine form of Benedict.
Benedykta f Polish (Rare)
Polish feminine form of Benedict.
Bengta f Swedish (Rare)
Swedish feminine form of Benedict.
Benita f Spanish
Feminine form of Benito.
Benjamine f French
French feminine form of Benjamin.
Benoîte f French
French feminine form of Benedict.
Bente f Danish, Norwegian, Dutch
Danish feminine form of Benedict.
Benthe f Danish
Variant of Bente.
Beracha f Hebrew
Alternate transcription of Hebrew בְּרָכָה (see Bracha).
Beren f & m Turkish
Means "strong, smart" in Turkish.
Berendina f Dutch
Feminine form of Bernhard.
Berengaria f Ancient Germanic (Latinized)
Latinized feminine form of Berengar. This name was borne by a 13th-century queen of Castile.
Bérengère f French
French form of Berengaria.
Bérénice f French
French form of Berenice.
Berenice f English, Italian, Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of Βερενίκη (Berenike), the Macedonian form of the Greek name Φερενίκη (Pherenike), which meant "bringing victory" from φέρω (phero) meaning "to bring" and νίκη (nike) meaning "victory". This name was common among the Ptolemy ruling family of Egypt, a dynasty that was originally from Macedon. It occurs briefly in Acts in the New Testament (in most English Bibles it is spelled Bernice) belonging to a sister of King Herod Agrippa II. As an English name, Berenice came into use after the Protestant Reformation.
Berenike f Ancient Greek
Ancient Macedonian form of Berenice.
Berezi f Basque
Means "special" in Basque.
Bergljót f Old Norse, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of Bergljot.
Bergljot f Norwegian
From the Old Norse name Bergljót, which was composed of the elements berg "protection, help" and ljótr "light".
Berhane m & f Eastern African, Amharic
Means "my light" in Amharic.
Beril f Turkish
Turkish cognate of Beryl.
Berjouhi f Armenian
Alternate transcription of Armenian Պերճուհի (see Perchuhi).
Berlin f & m Various
From the name of the city in Germany, which is of uncertain meaning.
Bermet f Kyrgyz
Means "pearl" in Kyrgyz.
Berna f Turkish
Means "young" in Turkish.
Bernadett f Hungarian
Hungarian form of Bernadette.
Bernadette f French, English, German, Dutch
French feminine form of Bernard. Bernadette Soubirous (1844-1879) was a young woman from Lourdes in France who claimed to have seen visions of the Virgin Mary. She was declared a saint in 1933.
Bernadine f English
Feminine form of Bernard.
Bernarda f Slovene, Croatian, Spanish
Feminine form of Bernard.
Bernardetta f Italian (Rare)
Italian feminine form of Bernard.
Bernardina f Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish feminine form of Bernardino.
Bernardine f French (Rare)
French feminine form of Bernardino.
Bernardita f Spanish
Spanish feminine form of Bernard.
Bernetta f English
Diminutive of Berenice.
Bernice f English, Biblical, Biblical Latin
Contracted form of Berenice. It occurs briefly in Acts in the New Testament belonging to a sister of King Herod Agrippa II.
Bernie m & f English
Diminutive of Bernard, Bernadette, Bernice and other names beginning with Bern.
Berniece f English
Variant of Bernice.
Berny m & f English
Variant of Bernie.
Berrak f Turkish
Means "clear" in Turkish.
Berry 2 f English (Rare)
From the English word referring to the small fruit. It is ultimately derived from Old English berie. This name has only been in use since the 20th century.
Berta f Polish, Czech, Hungarian, German, Spanish, Catalan, Italian, Slovene
Form of Bertha in several languages.
Bertha f German, English, Ancient Germanic
Originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element beraht meaning "bright, famous". It was borne by the mother of Charlemagne in the 8th century, and it was popularized in England by the Normans. It died out as an English name after the Middle Ages, but was revived in the 19th century. The name also appears in southern Germanic legends (often spelled Perchta or Berchta) belonging to a goddess of animals and weaving.
Berthe f French
French form of Bertha.
Berthild f Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements beraht "bright" and hild "battle". This was the name of a 7th-century saint, an abbess of Chelles in France.
Bertie m & f English
Diminutive of Albert, Herbert and other names containing bert (often derived from the Germanic element beraht meaning "bright").
Bertille f French
French form of Berthild.
Bertina f English
Feminine form of Bert.
Beryl f English
From the English word for the clear or pale green precious stone, ultimately deriving from Sanskrit. As a given name, it first came into use in the 19th century.
Bess f English
Diminutive of Elizabeth.
Bessie f English
Diminutive of Elizabeth.
Beste f Turkish
Means "melody" in Turkish.
Bet f Frisian, Limburgish
Frisian and Limburgish short form of Elisabeth.
Beth f English
Short form of Elizabeth, or sometimes Bethany.
Bethan f Welsh
Welsh diminutive of Elizabeth.
Bethânia f Portuguese (Brazilian, Rare)
Portuguese variant form of Bethany.
Bethania f Spanish (Latin American)
Spanish variant form of Bethany.
Bethanie f English
Variant of Bethany.
Bethany f English
From the name of a biblical town, Βηθανία (Bethania) in Greek, which is probably of Aramaic or Hebrew origin, possibly meaning "house of affliction" or "house of figs". In the New Testament the town of Bethany is the home of Lazarus and his sisters Mary and Martha. It has been in use as a rare given name in the English-speaking world since the 19th century, used primarily by Catholics in honour of Mary of Bethany. In America it became moderately common after the 1950s.
Bethari f Javanese
Javanese form of Batari.
Bethel f English
From an Old Testament place name meaning "house of God" in Hebrew. This was a town north of Jerusalem, where Jacob saw his vision of the stairway. It is occasionally used as a given name.
Beti f Macedonian
Macedonian diminutive of Elisaveta.
Betje f Dutch, Limburgish
Dutch and Limburgish diminutive of Elisabeth.
Betony f English (Rare)
From the name of the minty medicinal herb.
Betrys f Welsh
Welsh form of Beatrice.
Betsy f English
Diminutive of Elizabeth.
Bette f English
Diminutive of Elizabeth. A famous bearer was American actress Bette Davis (1908-1989).
Bettie f English
Diminutive of Elizabeth.
Bettina f German, Italian, Hungarian
Diminutive of Elisabeth (German), Benedetta or Elisabetta (Italian), or Erzsébet (Hungarian).
Betty f English
Diminutive of Elizabeth.
Bettye f English
Variant of Betty.
Betül f Turkish
Turkish form of Batul.
Beulah f Biblical, Biblical Hebrew, English
Means "married" in Hebrew. The name is used in the Old Testament to refer to the land of Israel (Isaiah 62:4). As an English given name, Beulah has been used since the Protestant Reformation.
Bev f English
Short form of Beverly.
Beverley f English
Variant of Beverly.
Beverly f & m English
From an English surname that was originally derived from the name of a Yorkshire city, itself from Old English beofor "beaver" and (possibly) licc "stream". It came into use as a masculine given name in the 19th century, then became common as an American feminine name after the publication of George Barr McCutcheon's 1904 novel Beverly of Graustark. It was most popular in the 1930s, and has since greatly declined in use.
Bevin f Irish (Rare)
Anglicized form of Bébinn.
Beyle f Yiddish (Rare)
From a Slavic word meaning "white".
Beylke f Yiddish (Rare)
Diminutive of Beyle. This is the name of a daughter of Tevye in late 19th-century Yiddish stories by Sholem Aleichem, on which the musical Fiddler on the Roof was based.
Beyoncé f African American (Modern)
Popularized by the American singer Beyoncé Knowles (1981-) whose given name came from her mother's maiden name (which was originally Beyincé, of Louisiana Creole origin). This name appeared on the United States top 1000 list in 2001, around the time her group Destiny's Child was at the height of their popularity.
Beyza f Turkish
Means "very white" in Turkish, ultimately from Arabic بيضاء (bayda).
Bhavana f Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Malayalam
Means "producing, manifesting" in Sanskrit.
Bhavna f Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Malayalam
Alternate transcription of Hindi/Marathi भावना, Kannada ಭಾವನಾ or Malayalam ഭാവന (see Bhavana).
Bhumi f Hinduism
Means "earth, soil" in Sanskrit. This is the name of a Hindu earth goddess. She is the wife of Varaha, an avatar of Vishnu.
Bia f Portuguese
Diminutive of Beatriz.
Bianca f Italian, Romanian
Italian cognate of Blanche. Shakespeare used characters named Bianca in Taming of the Shrew (1593) and Othello (1603).
Bianka f German, Hungarian, Polish
German, Hungarian and Polish form of Bianca.
Bibiána f Slovak
Slovak form of Bibiana.
Bibiana f Spanish, Italian, Late Roman
Possibly an early variant of Viviana. Alternatively, it may be a feminine derivative of the earlier Roman cognomen Vibianus.
Bibigul f Kazakh
Means "nightingale" in Kazakh.
Bíborka f Hungarian
Derived from Hungarian bíbor meaning "purple".
Bice f Italian
Short form of Beatrice.