Masculine Names

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BALTASSAR m Biblical Latin
Form of BELSHAZZAR used in the Latin Old Testament.
BALTHAZAR m Judeo-Christian 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 Indonesian, Javanese
Means "knight" in Javanese.
BAMIDELE m 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 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.
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 Scottish, English (Rare)
From a Scottish surname that was likely derived from the English place name Berkeley, meaning "birch wood" in Old English.
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.
BARIŞ m Turkish
Means "peace" in Turkish.
BARLAAM m Judeo-Christian 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)
Medieval English form of BARNABAS.
BARNEY m English
Diminutive of BARNABAS, BERNARD or BARNABY.
BARRA m Irish
Variant of BAIRRE.
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.
BARRFHIONN m Irish
Means "fair hair", derived from Gaelic barr "head" and fionn "white, fair".
BARRFIND m Irish
Older form of BARRFHIONN.
BARRIE m Irish, English
Variant of BARRY.
BARRY m Irish, English
Anglicized form of BAIRRE. It is also sometimes used as an Anglicized form of BERACH.
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
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.
BARTHOLOMEUS m Dutch, Biblical Latin
Dutch and Latin form of BARTHOLOMEW.
BARTHOLOMEW m English, Biblical
From 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 Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of BÅRD.
BARTŁOMIEJ m Polish
Polish 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.
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
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.
BƏXTİYAR 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.
BAYRAM m Turkish
Means "festival" in Turkish.
BAZYLI m Polish (Rare)
Polish form of BASIL (1).
BEARACH m Irish
Variant of BERACH.
BEAT m German (Swiss)
Swiss German form of BEATUS.
BEATHAN m Scottish
Derived from 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
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 den suffix sound found in such names as Braden, 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" in Old English. A famous bearer of the surname is retired English soccer player David Beckham (1975-).
BEDE m History
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, which is of unknown meaning. 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", possibly intended as a mocking alteration of בַּעַל זבל (Ba'al Zevul) meaning "Ba'al of the exalted house", one of the Canaanite names for their god BA'AL.... [more]
BEELZEBUL m Biblical
Form of BEELZEBUB used in many modern translations of the New Testament.
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 Celtic Mythology
Probably from a Celtic word meaning "bright, brilliant". This was the name of a Gaulish solar god who was often equated with Apollo.
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 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.
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.
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
Original Latin form of BENEDICT, as well as the modern Dutch form.
BENEDIKT m German, Russian, Icelandic, Czech
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 Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish 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 a surname that originally meant "son of BENEDICT".
BENT (1) m Danish
Danish form of BENEDICT.
BENT (2) m Frisian
Frisian variant of BEN (2).
BENTLEY m English
From a surname that was from a place name, itself derived from Old English beonet "bent grass" and leah "woodland, clearing". Various towns in England bear this name.
BENTO m Portuguese
Portuguese short form of BENEDITO.
BENTON m English
From a surname that was derived from a place name, composed of Old English beonet "bent grass" and tun "enclosure".
BENVENUTO m Italian
Means "welcome" in Italian. A famous bearer was the Italian Renaissance sculptor and writer Benvenuto Cellini (1500-1571).
BENVOLIO m Literature
Means "good will" in Italian. This name was used by Shakespeare for a friend of Romeo in his play Romeo and Juliet (1596). The character had been created earlier by the Italian writer Matteo Bandello, whose play Giuletta e Romeo (1554) was one of Shakespeare's sources.
BEORHTRIC m Anglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English elements beorht "bright" and ric "ruler".
BEORHTSIGE m Anglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English elements beorht "bright" and sige "victory".
BEORNRÆD m Anglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English elements beorn "warrior, man" and ræd "counsel".
BEOWULF m Anglo-Saxon Mythology
Possibly means "bee wolf" (in effect equal to "bear") from Old English beo "bee" and wulf "wolf". Alternatively, the first element may be beadu "battle". This is the name of the main character in the anonymous 8th-century epic poem Beowulf. Set in Denmark, the poem tells how he slays the monster Grendel and its mother at the request of King Hroðgar. After this Beowulf becomes the king of the Geats. The conclusion of the poem tells how Beawulf, in his old age, slays a dragon but is himself mortally wounded in the act.
BEPPE m Italian
Diminutive of GIUSEPPE.
BÈR m Limburgish
Variant of BAER.
BER m Yiddish
Means "bear" in Yiddish, a vernacular form of Dov.
BERACH m Irish
Derived from Irish biorach meaning "sharp". This was the name of a 6th-century Irish saint.
BERAHTHRABAN m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of BERTRAM, using an extended form of the second element.
BERAHTHRAM m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of BERTRAM.
BERARD m Ancient Germanic
Variant of BERNARD using the related root bero "bear" as the first element. This was the name of a 13th-century saint who was martyred in Morocco.
BERARDO m Italian
Italian form of BERARD.
BERAT m Turkish
Possibly from Turkish berat meaning "letters patent".
BEREN f & m Turkish
Means "strong, smart" in Turkish.
BERENGAR m Ancient Germanic
Germanic name derived from the elements bern "bear" and ger "spear". This was the name of two medieval kings of Italy and a Holy Roman emperor.
BÉRENGER m French
French form of BERENGAR.
BERENGUER m Catalan
Catalan form of BERENGAR.
BERHANE m & f Eastern African, Amharic
Means "my light" in Amharic.
BERHANU m Eastern African, Amharic
Means "his light" in Amharic.
BERHTOALD m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of BERTHOLD.
BERINHARD m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of BERNARD.
BERISLAV m Croatian, Medieval Slavic
Derived from the Slavic elements birati "to take, to gather" (in an inflected form) and slava "glory".
BERK m Turkish
Means "solid, firm, strong" in Turkish.
BERKANT m Turkish
Means "solid oath" in Turkish.
BERKER m Turkish
Means "solid man" in Turkish.
BERKO m Western African, Akan
Means "first born" in Akan.
BERLIN f & m Various
From the name of the city in Germany, which is of uncertain meaning.
BERNABÉ m Spanish
Spanish form of BARNABAS.
BERNARD m English, French, Dutch, Polish, Croatian, Slovene, Czech, Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic element bern "bear" combined with hard "brave, hardy". The Normans brought it to England, where it replaced the Old English cognate Beornheard. This was the name of several saints, including Saint Bernard of Menthon who built hospices in the Swiss Alps in the 10th century, and Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, a 12th-century theologian and Doctor of the Church. Other famous bearers include the Irish playwright and essayist George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) and the British World War II field marshal Bernard Montgomery (1887-1976).
BERNARDO m Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of BERNARD.
BERNÁT m Hungarian
Hungarian form of BERNARD.
BERNAT m Catalan
Catalan form of BERNARD.
BERND m German
Short form of BERNHARD.
BERNHARD m German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Ancient Germanic
German, Dutch and Scandinavian form of BERNARD.
BERNIE m & f English
Diminutive of BERNARD, BERNADETTE, BERNICE, and other names beginning with Bern.
BERNT m Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Scandinavian form of BERNARD.
BERNY m & f English
Variant of BERNIE.
BERRY (1) m English
Variant of BARRY.
BERT m English, German, Dutch
Short form of ALBERT and other names containing the element bert, often derived from the Germanic element beraht meaning "bright".
BERTALAN m Hungarian
Hungarian form of BARTHOLOMEW.
BERTHOLD m German
Means "bright ruler" from the Germanic element beraht "bright" combined with wald "rule".
BERTIE m & f English
Diminutive of ALBERT, HERBERT, and other names containing bert (often derived from the Germanic element beraht meaning "bright").
BERTIL m Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Scandinavian form of BERTILO or BERTHOLD.
BERTILO m Ancient Germanic
Originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element beraht meaning "bright, famous".
BERTO m Italian, Spanish
Short form of ROBERTO, ALBERTO, and other names containing bert (often derived from the Germanic element beraht meaning "bright").
BERTÓK m Hungarian
Hungarian diminutive of BERTALAN and other names beginning with Bert.
BERTOLDO m Italian (Rare)
Italian form of BERTHOLD.
BERTRAM m English, German, Ancient Germanic
Means "bright raven", derived from the Germanic element beraht "bright" combined with hramn "raven". The Normans introduced this name to England. Shakespeare used it in his play All's Well That Ends Well (1603).
BERTRAND m French, English, Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements beraht meaning "bright" and rand meaning "rim (of a shield)". From an early date it has been confused with BERTRAM and the two names have merged to some degree. A famous bearer was English philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872-1970).
BERWYN m Welsh
Means "fair head" from the Welsh elements barr "head" and gwyn "white, fair".
BESARION m Georgian
Georgian form of BESSARION.
BESİM m Turkish
Turkish form of BASIM.
BESIM m Albanian
Means "faith, trust" in Albanian.
BESNIK m Albanian
Means "faithful" in Albanian.
BESO m Georgian
Short form of BESARION.
BESSARION m Late Greek
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.
BETELGEUSE m Astronomy
The name of the star that marks the right shoulder of the constellation Orion. It is derived from Arabic يد الجوزا (yad al-Jawza) meaning "the hand of Jawza". جوزا (Jawza) meaning "central one" was the old Arabic name for the constellation Orion (also for Gemini).
BETHUEL m Biblical
Possibly means "God destroys" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of the father of Rebecca.
BETTINO m Italian
Diminutive of BENEDETTO.
BEVAN m Welsh
From a Welsh surname that was derived from ap Evan meaning "son of EVAN".
BEVERLY f & m English
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 1904 novel Beverly of Graustark.
BEVIS m English (Rare)
From an English surname that is possibly derived from the name of the French town Beauvais.
BHALTAIR m Scottish
Scottish form of WALTER.
BHARAT m Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Modern form of BHARATA.
BHARATA m Hinduism
Means "being maintained" in Sanskrit. This is one of the names of Agni, the Hindu god of fire, and is also the name of the brother of Rama in the Hindu epic the Ramayana. It was also borne by a legendary king, the son of Dushyanta and Shakuntala. The official name of the country of India, Bharat, derives from him.
BHARATH m Tamil, Indian, Malayalam, Telugu
Southern Indian form of BHARATA.
BHASKARA m Hinduism
Means "shining", derived from a combination of Sanskrit भास (bhasa) meaning "light" and कर (kara) meaning "maker". This is another name of the sun and the Hindu god Shiva. It was additionally borne by a 12th-century Indian astronomer, also known as Bhaskaracharya.
BHÀTAIR m Scottish
Scottish form of WALTER.
BHIMA m Hinduism
Means "terrible, formidable" in Sanskrit. In the Hindu epic the Mahabharata this is the name of the second son of Pandu, and thus one of the five Pandavas. He was known for his terrific strength and skill as a warrior.
BIAGINO m Italian
Diminutive of BIAGIO.
BIAGIO m Italian
Italian form of BLAISE.
BIBEK m Nepali, Bengali
Nepali and Bengali form of VIVEK.
BIDZIIL m Native American, Navajo
Means "he is strong" in Navajo.
BIDZINA m Georgian
Possibly from Georgian ბიძა (bidza) meaning "uncle". This was the name of a 17th-century Georgian saint and martyr.
BIEITO m Galician
Galician form of BENEDICT.
BIEL m Catalan
Catalan short form of GABRIEL.
BIFF m English (Rare)
From a nickname that was based on the English word biff, which means "punch, hit, strike".
BIJAY m Bengali
Bengali form of VIJAYA.
BIJOY m Bengali
Alternate transcription of Bengali বিজয় (see BIJAY).
BIKENDI m Basque
Basque form of VINCENT.
BİLAL m Turkish
Turkish form of BILAL.
BILAL m Arabic, Urdu
Means "wetting, moistening" in Arabic. This was the name of a companion of the Prophet Muhammad.
BILBO m Literature
This was the name of the hero of The Hobbit (1937) by J. R. R. Tolkien. His real hobbit name was Bilba, which is of unknown meaning, but this was altered by Tolkien in order to use the more masculine o ending. In the novel Bilbo Baggins was recruited by the wizard Gandalf to join the quest to retake Mount Erebor from the dragon Smaug.
BILE m Irish Mythology
Possibly an Irish form of BELENUS, though it may derive from an Irish word meaning "hero". In Irish mythology this was the name of one of the Milesians who was drowned while invading Ireland.
BİLGE m & f Turkish
Means "wise" in Turkish.
BILGÜÜN m Mongolian
Means "wise" in Mongolian.
BILL m English
Short form of WILLIAM. This spelling was first used in the 19th century. The change in the initial consonant may have been influenced by an earlier Irish pronunciation of the name. Famous bearers include basketball player Bill Russell (1934-), comedian Bill Cosby (1937-), American president Bill Clinton (1946-), and Microsoft founder Bill Gates (1955-).
BILLIE m & f English
Diminutive of BILL. It is also used as a feminine form of WILLIAM.
BILLY m English
Diminutive of BILL. A notable bearer was the American outlaw Billy the Kid (1859-1881), whose real name was William H. Bonney.
BIMA m Indonesian
Indonesian form of BHIMA.
BINAY m Bengali
Bengali form of VINAY.
BINE (2) m Slovene
Diminutive of ALBIN.
BÌNH m & f Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (bình) meaning "level, even, peaceful".
BINYAMIN m Hebrew, Arabic, Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew and Arabic form of BENJAMIN.
BION m Ancient Greek
Ancient Greek name derived from βίος (bios) meaning "life".
BIPIN m Indian, Marathi, Hindi
Variant of VIPIN.
BIRGER m Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
From the Old Norse name Birgir, probably derived from bjarga meaning "help, save, rescue".
BIRGIR m Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of BIRGER.
BIRKIR m Icelandic
From Icelandic birki meaning "birch", specifically the downy birch (species Betula pubescens).
BIRÛSK m Kurdish
Means "lightning" in Kurdish.
BISHAL m Nepali, Bengali
Nepali and Bengali form of VISHAL.
BISHAN m Indian, Hindi
Variant of VISHNU.
BISHOP m English
Either from the English occupational surname, or else directly from the English word. It is ultimately derived from Greek ἐπίσκοπος (episkopos) meaning "overseer".
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