Masculine Names

gender
usage
Azariah m Biblical
Means "Yahweh has helped" in Hebrew, derived from עָזַר ('azar) meaning "help" and יָה (yah) referring to the Hebrew God. This is the name of many Old Testament characters including of one of the three men the Babylonian king ordered cast into a fiery furnace. His Babylonian name was Abednego.
Azarias m Biblical Greek, Biblical Latin
Form of Azariah used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
Azat m Tatar, Kazakh, Turkmen, Turkish, Armenian
Form of Azad in several languages.
Azazel m Biblical
Means "scapegoat" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament, this is the name of the recipient of a sacrificial goat. The identity of Azazel is not clear; it may in fact be the name of the place where the goat is to be sacrificed, or it may be the name of some sort of evil desert demon.
Azaziah m Biblical
Means "Yahweh is strong" in Hebrew. This is the name of three minor characters in the Old Testament.
Azel m Biblical
Means "reserved" in Hebrew. This is both the name of a minor character and a place name in the Old Testament.
Azhar m Arabic, Urdu, Malay
Means "shining, bright" in Arabic.
Aziel m Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Probably a variant of Uzziel. This is the name of a musician (also called Jaaziel) in the Old Testament.
'Aziz m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic عزيز (see Aziz).
Əziz m Azerbaijani
Azerbaijani form of Aziz.
Aziz m Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Urdu, Uzbek, Kyrgyz, Tajik
Means "powerful, respected, beloved", derived from Arabic عزّ ('azza) meaning "to be powerful" or "to be cherished". In Islamic tradition العزيز (al-'Aziz) is one of the 99 names of Allah. A notable bearer of the name was Al-'Aziz, a 10th-century Fatimid caliph.
Azrael m Judeo-Christian-Islamic Legend
Variant of Azriel. This was the name of an angel in Jewish and Islamic tradition who separated the soul from the body upon death. He is sometimes referred to as the Angel of Death.
Azriel m Biblical
Means "my help is God", derived from Hebrew עָזַר ('azar) meaning "help" and אֵל ('el) meaning "God". This was the name of three minor characters in the Old Testament.
Azubuike m Western African, Igbo
Means "the past is your strength" or "your back is your strength" in Igbo.
Ąžuolas m Lithuanian
Means "oak tree" in Lithuanian.
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".
Baadur m Georgian
Georgian form of Bahadur.
Baak m Frisian
Originally a short form of names starting with the Germanic element badu "fight, struggle".
Baako m & f Western African, Akan
Means "first born child" in Akan.
Ba'al m Semitic Mythology, Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of Semitic ba'l meaning "lord, master, possessor". This was the title of various deities, often associated with storms and fertility, who were worshipped by the Canaanites, Phoenicians, and other peoples of the ancient Near East. It was particularly applied to the god Hadad.
Baal m Semitic Mythology, Biblical Greek, Biblical Latin, Biblical
Variant spelling of Ba'al, and the form used in most translations of the Bible.
Ba'al Hammon m Semitic Mythology
From Phoenician 𐤁𐤏𐤋 (baʿl) meaning "lord" prefixing another word of uncertain meaning. This was the name of the supreme god worshipped in the Phoenician city of Carthage, alongside his consort Tanith.
Baal-Zebub m Biblical
Form of Beelzebub used in many English versions of the Old Testament.
Baard m Norwegian
Variant of Bård.
Babajide m Western African, Yoruba
Means "father has awakened" in Yoruba.
Babak m Persian, Ancient Persian
Means "little father" in Persian. This was the name of the father of Ardashir, the founder of the Sassanid Empire in Persia. It was also borne by the 9th-century resistance leader Babak Khorramdin.
Babar m Urdu
Alternate transcription of Urdu بابر (see Babur).
Babatunde m Western African, Yoruba
Means "father has come again" in Yoruba.
Baber m Urdu
Alternate transcription of Urdu بابر (see Babur).
Babis m Greek
Diminutive of Charalampos.
Babür m Turkish
Turkish form of Babur.
Babur m Urdu
From a Persian word meaning "tiger". This was the nickname of Zahir ud-Din Muhammad, the 16th-century founder of the Mughal Empire in India.
Babylas m Late Greek, French (Rare)
Derived from the name of the ancient Mesopotamian city of Babylon. Saint Babylas was a 3rd-century patriarch of Antioch who was martyred during the reign of the Roman emperor Decius.
Bacchus m Greek Mythology (Latinized)
From Greek Βάκχος (Bakchos), derived from ἰάχω (iacho) meaning "to shout". This was another name of the Greek god Dionysos, and it was also the name that the Romans commonly used for him.
Bachtiar m Indonesian
Indonesian form of Bakhtiar.
Bada m Anglo-Saxon
Old English name probably derived from beadu meaning "battle".
Bademus m History (Ecclesiastical)
Latinized form of a Persian name of unknown meaning. Saint Bademus was a 4th-century Persian martyr who was a victim of Shapur II's persecutions.
Badr m & f Arabic
Means "full moon" in Arabic.
Badri m Georgian
Georgian form of Badr.
Badulf m Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements badu "fight, struggle" and wulf "wolf".
Badurad m Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements badu "fight, struggle" and rad "counsel".
Baer m Limburgish
Short form of Albaer and other Limburgish names ending in baer, often derived from the Germanic element beraht meaning "bright".
Bagadata m Ancient Persian
Old Persian name derived from baga "god" and data "given". This was the name of a 3rd-century BC Persian satrap under the Seleucid Empire.
Baggi m Old Norse
Derived from Old Norse baggi meaning "bag, pack".
Bagrat m Armenian, Georgian (Rare)
Armenian and Georgian form of Bagadata. This name was borne by several Georgian kings, though it is now uncommon there.
Bagus m Indonesian
Means "handsome, excellent" in Indonesian.
Baha m Arabic, Turkish
Means "splendour, glory" in Arabic.
Bahadır m Turkish
Turkish form of Persian بهادر (bahador), itself from Turkic bagatur meaning "hero, warrior".
Bahador m Persian
Means "hero, warrior" in Persian (of Turkic origin).
Bahadur m Indian, Hindi, Nepali
From Persian بهادر (bahador), itself from Turkic bagatur meaning "hero, warrior". This was the name of rulers of the Mughal Empire.
Bahati f & m Eastern African, Swahili
Means "luck, good fortune" in Swahili.
Bahdan m Belarusian
Belarusian form of Bogdan.
Bahij m Arabic
Masculine form of Bahija.
Bahman m Persian, Persian Mythology
Modern Persian form of Avestan Vohu Manah meaning "good mind". This was the name of a Zoroastrian god (one of the Amesha Spenta) associated with domestic animals. It is also the name of the eleventh month in the Iranian calendar.
Bahram m Persian, Persian Mythology
Modern Persian form of Avestan Verethragna meaning "victory over resistance". This was the name of a Zoroastrian god (one of the Amesha Spenta) associated with victory and war. This name was borne by several Sassanid emperors. It is also the Persian name for the planet Mars.
Bahrom m Uzbek, Tajik
Uzbek and Tajik form of Bahram.
Bahtiyar m Turkish
Turkish form of Bakhtiar.
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 .
Baihu m Chinese Mythology
From Chinese (bái) meaning "white, pure" and () meaning "tiger". This is the Chinese name of the White Tiger, associated with the west and the autumn season.
Bailey m & f English
From an English surname derived from Middle English baili meaning "bailiff", originally denoting one who was a bailiff.... [more]
Bairre m Irish
Diminutive of Finbar or Bairrfhionn.
Bairrfhionn m Irish (Rare)
Means "fair hair", derived from Old Irish barr "top, head" and finn "white, fair".
Baishan m Indigenous American, Apache
Means "knife" in Apache. This was the name of a 19th-century chief of the Tchihende Apache.
Bakar m Basque
Means "alone", from Basque bakarrik.
Bakari m Eastern African, Swahili
From the Swahili name for the constellation Boötes.
Baker m English (Modern)
From an English occupational surname derived from Old English bakere meaning "baker".
Bakhtiar m Persian, Urdu
Means "lucky, fortunate" in Persian.
Bakhtiyar m Kazakh, Azerbaijani
Kazakh form of Bakhtiar, as well as an alternate transcription of Azerbaijani Bəxtiyar.
Bakhtiyor m Tajik
Tajik form of Bakhtiar.
Baki m Turkish, Arabic
Turkish form of Baqi, as well as an alternate Arabic transcription.
Bakır m Turkish
Turkish form of Baqir. It coincides with the Turkish word bakır meaning "copper".
Bakir m Bosnian
Bosnian form of Baqir.
Bakr m Arabic
Means "young camel" in Arabic. Abu Bakr was a father-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad and the first caliph of the Muslim world.
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).
Baladeva m Hinduism
Means "god of strength" from Sanskrit बल (bala) meaning "strength" combined with देव (deva) meaning "god". Baladeva (also called Balarama) is the name of the older brother of the Hindu god Krishna.
Balakrishna m Indian, Telugu, Kannada
From Sanskrit बल (bala) meaning "strength, might" combined with the name of the Hindu god Krishna.
Balam m Indigenous American, Mayan
Means "jaguar" in Mayan (Yucatec Maya báalam; K'iche' Maya balam).
Balarabe m Western African, Hausa
Means "born on Wednesday" in Hausa, derived from Laraba "Wednesday".
Balaram m Indian, Odia, Bengali, Hindi, Nepali
Modern transcription of Balarama.
Balarama m Hinduism
From Sanskrit बल (bala) meaning "strength, might" combined with the name of the Hindu deity Rama 1. This is the name of a Hindu god, the elder brother of Krishna.
Balázs m Hungarian
Hungarian form of Blaise.
Balbino m Spanish, Portuguese (Rare), Italian (Rare)
Spanish, Portuguese and Italian form of Balbinus.
Balbinus m Ancient Roman
Roman cognomen that was a derivative of Balbus.
Balbus m Ancient Roman
Roman cognomen meaning "stammerer" in Latin. This was a family name of the mother of Emperor Augustus, Atia Balba Caesonia.
Baldarich m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of Baldric.
Baldassare m Italian
Italian form of Balthazar.
Balder m Norse Mythology
From Old Norse Baldr meaning "hero, lord, prince", derived from baldr meaning "brave, bold". In Norse mythology Balder was the handsome son of Odin and Frigg. Because of the disturbing dreams he had when he was young, his mother extracted an oath from every thing in the world that it would not harm him. However the devious god Loki learned that she had overlooked mistletoe. Being jealous, he tricked the blind god Hoder into throwing a branch of mistletoe at Balder, which killed him.
Baldev m Indian, Hindi
Modern Hindi transcription of Baladeva.
Baldo m Italian, Spanish, Ancient Germanic
Originally a short form of names containing the Germanic element bald "bold, brave", such as Baldwin and Theobald. In Italian it can also be short for the non-Germanic name Baldassare.
Baldomar m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of Baldomero.
Baldomero m Spanish
Derived from the Germanic elements bald "bold, brave" and mari "famous".
Baldovin m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of Baldwin.
Baldovino m Italian (Rare)
Italian form of Baldwin.
Baldr m Norse Mythology
Old Norse form of Balder.
Baldric m English (Archaic)
Derived from the Germanic elements bald "bold, brave" and ric "ruler, mighty". The Normans introduced this name to Britain, and it was common in the Middle Ages.
Balduíno m Portuguese (Rare)
Portuguese form of Baldwin.
Balduino m Spanish (Rare)
Spanish form of Baldwin.
Baldur m German, Icelandic
German and Icelandic form of Balder.
Baldwin m English, Ancient Germanic
Means "bold friend", derived from the Germanic elements bald "bold, brave" and win "friend". In the Middle Ages this was a popular name in Flanders and among the Normans, who brought it to Britain. It was borne by one of the leaders of the First Crusade, an 11th-century nobleman from Flanders. After the crusaders conquered Jerusalem, he was crowned as the king of the Kingdom of Jerusalem.
Balendin m Basque
Basque form of Valentinus (see Valentine 1).
Balfour m English (Rare)
From a Scottish surname, originally from various place names, themselves derived from Gaelic baile "village" and pòr "pasture, crop, cropland".
Bálint m Hungarian
Hungarian form of Valentinus (see Valentine 1).
Balor m Irish Mythology
Meaning uncertain. In Irish mythology Balor was a giant king of the Fomorians. He had an evil eye that could destroy opposing armies, though it took four men to pull open the eyelid. In battle with the Tuatha Dé Danann he slew their king Nuada, but was himself killed when the hero Lugh shot a stone into his eye.
Baltasar m Spanish, Biblical Greek
Spanish form of Balthazar. This is also the form (of Belshazzar) used in the Greek Old Testament.
Baltassar m Biblical Latin
Form of Belshazzar used in the Latin Old Testament.
Balthazar m Judeo-Christian-Islamic Legend
Variant of Belshazzar. Balthazar is the name traditionally assigned to one of the wise men (also known as the Magi, or three kings) who visited the newborn Jesus. He was said to have come from Arabia.
Balwinder m & f Indian (Sikh)
From Sanskrit बल (bala) meaning "strength, might" combined with the name of the Hindu god Indra.
Bambang m Javanese
Means "knight" in Javanese.
Bamidele m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "follow me home" in Yoruba.
Bandi m Hungarian
Diminutive of András.
Bandile m & f Southern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele
Means "they have increased" in Zulu, Xhosa and Ndebele.
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.
Baptist m German
German form of Baptiste. It is often paired with the name Johann, in honour of Saint John the Baptist.
Baptista m Late Roman
Latin form of Baptiste.
Baptiste m French
Means "baptist" in French, originally deriving from Greek βάπτω (bapto) meaning "to dip". This name is usually given in honour of Saint John the Baptist, and as such it is often paired with the name Jean.
Baqi m Arabic
Means "eternal" in Arabic. This was the pen name of a 16th-century Turkish poet.
Baqir m Arabic
Means "to rip open" in Arabic. Muhammad al-Baqir was the fifth imam of the Shia Muslims.
Barack m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic باراك (see Barak 2). A famous bearer is former American president Barack Obama (1961-), who was named after his Kenyan father.
Barak 1 m Hebrew, Biblical, Biblical Greek, Biblical Hebrew
Means "lightning" in Hebrew. According to the Old Testament, Barak was a military commander under the guidance of the prophetess Deborah. They defeated the Canaanite army led by Sisera.
Barak 2 m Arabic
Means "blessing" in Arabic.
Baraka m Eastern African, Swahili
Means "blessing" in Swahili, ultimately from Arabic بركة (barakah).
Barakat m Arabic
Means "blessings" in Arabic, a plural form of Barak 2.
Baran f & m Persian, Turkish, Kurdish
Means "rain" in Persian. It is typically feminine in Persian and masculine in Turkish and Kurdish.
Baraz m Persian
Means "exalted" in Persian.
Barclay m English (Rare)
From a Scottish and English surname that was derived from the English place name Berkeley, itself from Old English beorc "birch" and leah "woodland, clearing".
Bård m Norwegian
Norwegian form of the Old Norse name Bárðr, which was derived from the elements baðu "battle" and friðr "peace".
Barend m Dutch
Variant of Bernhard.
Barış m Turkish
Means "peace" in Turkish.
Barlaam m Judeo-Christian-Islamic Legend
Meaning unknown. In Christian legends Barlaam (recorded as Greek Βαρλαάμ) was a 3rd-century hermit who converted Josaphat, the son of an Indian king, to Christianity. The story is based on that of the Buddha. This name was also borne by two saints.
Barna m Hungarian
Hungarian short form of Barnabas.
Barnaba m Italian (Rare), Polish (Rare)
Italian and Polish form of Barnabas.
Barnabás m Hungarian
Hungarian form of Barnabas.
Barnabas m German (Rare), English (Rare), Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Greek form of an Aramaic name. In Acts in the New Testament the byname Barnabas was given to a man named Joseph, a Jew from Cyprus who was a companion of Paul on his missionary journeys. The original Aramaic form is unattested, but it may be from בּר נביא (bar naviya') meaning "son of the prophet", though in Acts 4:36 it is claimed that the name means "son of encouragement".... [more]
Barnabé m French
French form of Barnabas.
Barnaby m English (British)
English form of Barnabas, originally a medieval vernacular form.
Barney m English
Diminutive of Barnabas, Bernard or Barnaby.
Barra m Irish
Diminutive of Finbar or Bairrfhionn.
Barret m English (Rare)
From a surname that was a variant of Barrett.
Barrett m English
From a surname probably meaning "strife" in Middle English, originally given to a quarrelsome person.
Barrie m English
Variant of Barry.
Barry m Irish, English
Anglicized form of Barra.
Bart m English, Dutch
Short form of Bartholomew. This name is borne by a cartoon boy on the television series The Simpsons.
Barta m Hungarian (Rare)
Hungarian short form of Bertalan.
Bartal m Hungarian (Rare)
Hungarian short form of Bertalan.
Bartek m Polish
Polish diminutive of Bartłomiej or Bartosz.
Bartel m Dutch
Dutch diminutive of Bartholomew.
Bartholomaios m Biblical Greek
New Testament Greek form of Bartholomew.
Bartholomei m Old Church Slavic
Old Church Slavic form of Bartholomew.
Bartholomeus m Dutch, Biblical Latin
Dutch and Latin form of Bartholomew.
Bartholomew m English, Biblical
English form of Βαρθολομαῖος (Bartholomaios), which was the Greek form of an Aramaic name meaning "son of Talmai". In the New Testament Bartholomew is the byname of an apostle, possibly the same person as the apostle Nathanael. According to tradition he was a missionary to India before returning westward to Armenia, where he was martyred by flaying. Due to the popularity of this saint the name became common in England during the Middle Ages.
Bárðr m Old Norse
Old Norse form of Bård.
Bartłomiej m Polish
Polish form of Bartholomew.
Bartol m Croatian
Croatian form of Bartholomew.
Bartolo m Italian
Italian short form of Bartholomew.
Bartolomé m Spanish
Spanish form of Bartholomew.
Bartoloměj m Czech
Czech form of Bartholomew.
Bartolomej m Slovak, Croatian (Rare)
Slovak and Croatian form of Bartholomew.
Bartolomeo m Italian
Italian form of Bartholomew.
Bartolomeu m Portuguese, Galician
Portuguese and Galician form of Bartholomew.
Bartomeu m Catalan
Catalan form of Bartholomew, most common on the Balearic Islands.
Bartosz m Polish
Polish form of Bartholomew.
Baruch m Biblical, Hebrew
Means "blessed" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of a companion of the prophet Jeremiah, acting as his scribe and assistant. The deuterocanonical Book of Baruch was supposedly written by him. A famous bearer was Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677), a Dutch-Jewish rationalist philosopher.
Barys m Belarusian
Belarusian form of Boris.
Bas m Dutch
Short form of Sebastiaan.
Basajaun m Mythology
Means "lord of the woods" from Basque baso "woods" and jaun "lord". This is the name of a character in Basque folklore, the Old Man of the Woods.
Basant m Indian, Hindi
Modern form of Vasanta.
Bashar m Arabic
Means "bringing good news" in Arabic.
Bashkim m Albanian
From Albanian bashkë meaning "together".
Basil 1 m English
From the Greek name Βασίλειος (Basileios), which was derived from βασιλεύς (basileus) meaning "king". Saint Basil the Great was a 4th-century bishop of Caesarea and one of the fathers of the early Christian church. Due to him, the name (in various spellings) has come into general use in the Christian world, being especially popular among Eastern Christians. It was also borne by two Byzantine emperors.
Basil 2 m Arabic
Means "brave, valiant" in Arabic.
Basile m French
French form of Basil 1.
Basileios m Ancient Greek
Ancient Greek form of Basil 1.
Basilio m Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of Basil 1.
Basilius m Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Basileios (see Basil 1).
Basim m Arabic
Means "smiling" in Arabic, from the root بَسَمَ (basama) meaning "to smile".
Basir m Arabic
Means "wise" in Arabic. In Islamic tradition البصير (al-Basir) is one of the 99 names of Allah.
Basit m Arabic
Means "one who enlarges" in Arabic.
Bassam m Arabic
Means "smiling" in Arabic, from the root بَسَمَ (basama) meaning "to smile".
Bassem m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic باسم (see Basim).
Bastiaan m Dutch
Short form of Sebastiaan.
Bastian m German
Short form of Sebastian.
Bastien m French
Short form of Sébastien.
Basu m Bengali
Bengali form of Vasu.
Batbayar m Mongolian
Means "strong joy" in Mongolian.
Bate m Medieval English
Medieval diminutive of Bartholomew.
Bat-Erdene m Mongolian
Means "strong jewel" in Mongolian.
Batraz m Ossetian, Caucasian Mythology
Possibly from Turkic bagatur meaning "hero, warrior, brave". This is the name of the leader of the superhuman Narts in Caucasian mythology.
Battista m Italian
Italian form of Baptiste.
Batu m Mongolian
Means "strong, firm" in Mongolian. Batu Khan was a 13th-century Mongol leader, the founder of the Golden Horde.
Batuhan m Turkish
Combination of Batu and Turkish han meaning "khan, ruler, leader", referring to the 13th-century Mongol ruler Batu Khan.
Batyr m Turkmen
Turkmen form of the Turkic word bagatur meaning "hero, warrior".
Baudelio m Spanish (Rare)
From Baudelius, a Latinized form of a possibly Germanic name. Saint Baudelius was a 3rd-century saint and martyr from Orleans.
Baudouin m French
French form of Baldwin.
Baugulf m Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements bauga meaning "bend, flex" or "ring" and wulf meaning "wolf".
Bautista m Spanish
Spanish form of Baptiste.
Baxter m English
From an occupational surname that meant "(female) baker" in Old English.
Bəxtiyar m Azerbaijani
Azerbaijani form of Bakhtiar.
Baxtiyor m Uzbek
Uzbek form of Bakhtiar.
Bayani m Filipino, Tagalog
Means "hero" in Tagalog.
Bayard m Literature
Derived from Old French baiart meaning "bay coloured". In medieval French poetry Bayard was a bay horse owned by Renaud de Montauban and his brothers. The horse could magically adjust its size to carry multiple riders.
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".
Bayram m Turkish
Means "festival" in Turkish.
Baz m English (British)
Chiefly British diminutive of Barry or Basil 1.
Bazyli m Polish (Rare)
Polish form of Basil 1.
Bazza m English (British)
Chiefly British diminutive of Barry or Basil 1.
Bear m English (Modern)
From the English word for the animal, derived from Old English bera, probably derived from a root meaning "brown".
Bearach m Irish (Rare)
Modern Irish form of Berach.
Beat m German (Swiss)
Swiss German form of Beatus.
Beathan m Scottish Gaelic
Derived from a diminutive of Scottish Gaelic beatha meaning "life".
Beatus m Late Roman
Masculine form of Beata. According to legend, Saint Beatus was ordained a priest by Saint Peter and evangelized in Switzerland. Another saint by this name was an 8th-century Asturian theologian.
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]
Beauden m English (New Zealand, Modern)
Elaboration of French beau "beautiful" using the popular phonetic suffix den, found in such names as Hayden and Aidan. This name has become popular in New Zealand due to rugby player Beauden Barrett (1991-).
Beaumont m English (Rare)
From a French surname meaning "beautiful mountain".
Beauregard m English (Rare)
From a French surname meaning "beautiful outlook".
Beavis m Popular Culture
Variant of Bevis. This name was used in the animated television program Beavis and Butthead.
Beckett m English (Modern)
From an English surname that could be derived from various sources, including from Middle English beke meaning "beak" or bekke meaning "stream, brook".
Beckham m English (Modern)
From an English surname that was derived from a place name meaning "Becca's homestead". The Old English byname Becca meant "pickaxe". A famous bearer of the surname is retired English soccer player David Beckham (1975-).
Bede m History (Ecclesiastical)
Modern form of the Old English name Baeda, possibly related to Old English bed "prayer". Saint Bede, called the Venerable Bede, was an 8th-century historian, scholar and Doctor of the Church.
Bedivere m Welsh Mythology, Arthurian Romance
From the Welsh name Bedwyr, possibly from bedwen "birch" and gwr "man". In Arthurian legends Bedivere was one of the original companions of King Arthur. He first appears in early Welsh tales, and his story was later expanded by Geoffrey of Monmouth in the 12th century. He is the one who throws the sword Excalibur into the lake at the request of the dying Arthur.
Bedřich m Czech
Czech form of Frederick.
Bedros m Armenian
Western Armenian transcription of Petros.
Beelzeboul m Biblical Greek
Form of Hebrew בַּעַל זְבוּב (Ba'al Zevuv) used in the Greek New Testament (see Beelzebub). The Greek form may represent a misspelling or it might be a pun based on Hebrew זֶבֶל (zevel) meaning "dung".
Beelzebub m Biblical, Biblical Latin
From Hebrew בַּעַל זְבוּב (Ba'al Zevuv) meaning "lord of flies", the name of a Philistine god according to the Old Testament. It is possibly intended as a mocking alteration of בַּעַל זְבוּל (Ba'al Zevul) meaning "Ba'al of the exalted house".... [more]
Beelzebul m Biblical
Form of Beelzebub used in many modern translations of the New Testament.
Beetlejuice m Popular Culture
Variant of Betelgeuse used for the title character of the movie Beetlejuice (1988), about an obnoxious ghost who is commissioned to scare a family out of their new house. The character's name is spelled Betelgeuse in the credits, though in other media it appears as Beetlejuice.
Behar m Albanian
From the archaic Albanian word behar meaning "summer".
Behnam m Persian
Means "reputable" (literally "good name") in Persian.
Behram m Turkish
Turkish form of Bahram.
Behrooz m Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian بهروز (see Behrouz).
Behrouz m Persian
Means "fortunate" (literally "good day") in Persian.
Behruz m Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian بهروز (see Behrouz).
Bel m Semitic Mythology
Akkadian cognate of Ba'al. The Babylonians used it as a title of the god Marduk.
Béla m Hungarian
The meaning of this name is not known for certain. It could be derived from Hungarian bél meaning "guts, bowel" or Slavic бѣлъ (belu) meaning "white". This was the name of four Hungarian kings.
Belenus m Gaulish Mythology
Latinized form of Gaulish Belenos or Belinos, possibly from Celtic roots meaning either "bright, brilliant" (from Indo-European *bhel-) or "strong" (from Indo-European *bel-). This was the name of a Gaulish god who was often equated with Apollo. He is mostly known from Gallo-Roman inscriptions and was especially venerated in Aquileia in northern Italy.
Beli m Welsh Mythology
Probably a Welsh derivative of Belenus. Beli Mawr was a Welsh ancestor deity who established several royal lines in Wales.
Belial m Biblical, Biblical Latin, Judeo-Christian-Islamic Legend
Means "worthless" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this term is used to refer to various wicked people. In the New Testament, Paul uses it as a name for Satan. In later Christian tradition Belial became an evil angel associated with lawlessness and lust.
Bellamy f & m English (Modern)
From an English surname derived from Old French bel ami meaning "beautiful friend".
Bello m Western African, Fula, Hausa
Possibly from Fula ballo meaning "helper". This name was borne by Muhammad Bello (1781-1837), the second leader of the Sokoto Caliphate.
Belshatzzar m Biblical Hebrew
Form of Belshazzar found in the Hebrew Bible.
Belshazzar m Babylonian (Anglicized), Biblical
From בֵּלְשַׁאצַּר (Belshatzzar), the Hebrew form of the Akkadian name Bel-sharra-usur meaning "Bel protect the king". This was the name of the son of Nabonidus, the last king of the Babylonian Empire before the Persians conquered it in the 6th century BC. In the Old Testament Book of Daniel Belshazzar is the last king of Babylon who sees the mystical handwriting on the wall, which is interpreted by Daniel to portend the end of the empire.
Ben 1 m English, German, Dutch
Short form of Benjamin or Benedict. A notable bearer was Ben Jonson (1572-1637), an English poet and playwright.
Ben 2 m Dutch
Short form of Bernhard and other Germanic names beginning with the element bern meaning "bear".
Benaiah m Biblical
From the Hebrew name בְּנָיָהוּ (Benayahu) meaning "Yahweh has built". This is the name of numerous Old Testament characters.
Beñat m Basque
Basque form of Bernard.
Bence m Hungarian
Hungarian form of Vincent. It is also used as a short form of Benedek.
Bendegúz m Hungarian
Hungarian variant of the Turkic name Mundzuk, possibly from mončuq meaning "jewel, bead". This was the name of Attila the Hun's father.
Bendigeidfran m Welsh Mythology
From Welsh bendigaid "blessed" combined with the lenited form of the name Brân. This is another name for Brân the Blessed.
Bendik m Norwegian
Norwegian form of Benedict.
Bendiks m Latvian
Latvian form of Benedictus (see Benedict).
Bendt m Danish
Variant of Bent 1.
Benedek m Hungarian
Hungarian form of Benedictus (see Benedict).
Benedetto m Italian
Italian form of Benedictus (see Benedict).
Benedict m English
From the Late Latin name Benedictus, which meant "blessed". Saint Benedict was an Italian monk who founded the Benedictines in the 6th century. After his time the name was common among Christians, being used by 16 popes. In England it did not come into use until the 12th century, at which point it became very popular. This name was also borne by the American general Benedict Arnold (1741-1801), who defected to Britain during the American Revolution.
Benedictus m Late Roman, Dutch (Rare)
Original Latin form of Benedict. This is also the official Dutch form, used on birth certificates but not typically in daily life.
Benedikt m German, Icelandic, Czech, Russian (Rare)
Form of Benedictus (see Benedict) in several languages.
Benediktas m Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of Benedictus (see Benedict).
Benedito m Portuguese
Portuguese form of Benedictus (see Benedict).
Benedykt m Polish
Polish form of Benedictus (see Benedict).
Benesh m Yiddish (Rare)
Yiddish form of Benedict.
Benett m Hungarian (Modern)
Hungarian form of Bennett.
Bengt m Swedish
Swedish form of Benedict.
Beniamin m Romanian, Polish, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Romanian and Polish form of Benjamin, as well as the form used in the Greek and Latin Bibles.
Beniamino m Italian
Italian form of Benjamin.
Benigno m Spanish, Italian, Portuguese (Rare)
Spanish, Italian and Portuguese form of the Late Latin name Benignus, which meant "kind, friendly". This was the name of several saints including a 5th-century disciple of Saint Patrick who later became the chief Bishop of Ireland.
Benignus m Late Roman
Late Latin form of Benigno.
Benito m Spanish, Italian
Spanish form of Benedict. This name was borne by Mexican president Benito Juárez, and also by Benito Mussolini (who was named after Juárez), the fascist dictator of Italy during World War II.
Benj m English
Short form of Benjamin.
Benjamim m Portuguese
Portuguese form of Benjamin.
Benjámin m Hungarian
Hungarian form of Benjamin.
Benjamín m Spanish, Czech, Slovak, Icelandic
Spanish, Czech, Slovak and Icelandic form of Benjamin.
Benjamin m English, French, German, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Biblical
From the Hebrew name בִּנְיָמִין (Binyamin) meaning "son of the south" or "son of the right hand", from the roots בֵּן (ben) meaning "son" and יָמִין (yamin) meaning "right hand, south". Benjamin in the Old Testament was the twelfth and youngest son of Jacob and the founder of one of the southern tribes of the Hebrews. He was originally named בֶּן־אוֹנִי (Ben-'oni) meaning "son of my sorrow" by his mother Rachel, who died shortly after childbirth, but it was later changed by his father (see Genesis 35:18).... [more]
Benjaminas m Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of Benjamin.
Benji m English
Diminutive of Benjamin.
Benjy m English
Diminutive of Benjamin.
Bennett m English
Medieval form of Benedict. This was the more common spelling in England until the 18th century. Modern use of the name is probably also influenced by the common surname Bennett, itself a derivative of the medieval name.
Bennie m English
Diminutive of Benjamin or Benedict.
Benno m German
Short form of German names containing the element bern "bear".
Benny m English
Diminutive of Benjamin or Benedict.
Benoît m French
French form of Benedict.
Benson m English
From an English surname that originally meant "son of Benedict".
Bent 1 m Danish
Danish form of Benedict.