Masculine Names

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BLAIR m & f Scottish, English
From a Scottish surname that is derived from Gaelic blár meaning "plain, field, battlefield".
BLAISE m French
From the Roman name Blasius, which was derived from Latin blaesus meaning "lisping". A famous bearer was the French mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal (1623-1662).
BLAKE m English
From a surname that was derived from Old English blæc "black" or blac "pale". A famous bearer of the surname was the poet and artist William Blake (1757-1827).
BLANCHARD m Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements blanc meaning "white" and hard meaning "brave, hardy".
BLANDINUS m Ancient Roman
Roman cognomen that was a derivative of BLANDUS.
BLANDUS m Ancient Roman
Roman cognomen meaning "charming" in Latin.
BLAS m Spanish
Spanish form of BLAISE.
BLASIUS m Ancient Roman
Original Latin form of BLAISE.
BLAŽ m Slovene, Croatian
Slovene and Croatian form of BLAISE. It is also associated with South Slavic blag meaning "sweet, pleasant, good".
BLAŽE m Macedonian
Derived from South Slavic благ (blag) meaning "sweet, pleasant, good".
BLAZE m English (Modern)
Modern variant of BLAISE influenced by the English word blaze.
BŁAŻEJ m Polish
Polish form of BLAISE.
BLAŽEJ m Czech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak form of BLAISE.
BLAŽENKO m Croatian
Diminutive of BLAŽ.
BLAZH m Medieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic name derived from Slavic blagu meaning "good, blessed, happy".
BLAZHE m Macedonian
Alternate transcription of Macedonian Блаже (see BLAŽE).
BLEDA m History
Possibly from a Turkic root meaning "wise". According to other theories the name was of Gothic origin, or was a Gothicized form of a Hunnic name. This was the name of the brother of Attila.
BLEDDYN m Welsh
From Welsh blaidd "wolf" combined with a diminutive suffix. This was the name of an 11th-century king of Gwynedd and Powys.
BLONG m Hmong
Means "leaf" in Hmong.
BLYTHE f & m English (Rare)
From a surname meaning "cheerful" in Old English.
BO (1) m Swedish, Danish
From the Old Norse byname Búi, which was derived from Old Norse bua meaning "to live".
BO (2) m & f Chinese
From Chinese () meaning "wave", as well as other characters with a similar pronunciation.
BOAVENTURA m Portuguese
Portuguese form of BONAVENTURA.
BOAZ m Biblical, Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Means "swiftness" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of the man who marries Ruth. This was also the name of one of the two pillars that stood outside Solomon's Temple (with Jachin).
BOB m English, Dutch
Short form of ROBERT. It arose later than Dob, Hob and Nob, which were medieval rhyming nicknames of Robert. It was borne by the character Bob Cratchit in Charles Dickens' novel A Christmas Carol (1843). Other famous bearers include American folk musician Bob Dylan (1941-) and Jamaican reggae musician Bob Marley (1945-1981).
BOBAN m Serbian, Macedonian
Diminutive of BOGDAN or SLOBODAN.
BOBBIE f & m English
Variant of BOBBY. As a feminine name it can be a diminutive of ROBERTA or BARBARA.
BOBBY m English
Diminutive of BOB. Hockey greats Bobby Hull (1939-) and Bobby Orr (1948-) have borne this name.
BODA m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of BODE.
BODE m Low German
From the Germanic element bodo meaning "command, order".
BODHI m English (Modern)
From a term referring to enlightenment in Buddhism, derived from Sanskrit बोधि (bodhi).
BOELE m Dutch
Possibly a Dutch form of BALDO.
BOGDAN m Polish, Russian, Slovene, Bulgarian, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, Romanian, Medieval Slavic
Means "given by God" from the Slavic elements bogu "god" and dan "given".
BOGHOS m Armenian
Western Armenian transcription of POGHOS.
BOGOMIL m Bulgarian, Macedonian
Bulgarian and Macedonian form of BOGUMIŁ.
BOGOMIR m Slovene
Slovene form of BOHUMÍR.
BOGUMIL m Medieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic form of BOGUMIŁ.
BOGUMIŁ m Polish
Means "favoured by God" from the Slavic elements bogu "god" and milu "gracious, dear".
BOGUMIR m Medieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic form of BOHUMÍR.
BOGUSLAV m Medieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic form of BOGUSŁAW.
BOGUSŁAW m Polish
Means "glory of God" from the Slavic elements bogu "god" and slava "glory". This name was borne by several dukes of Pomerania, beginning in the 12th century.
BOHDAN m Czech, Ukrainian
Czech and Ukrainian form of BOGDAN.
BOHUMIL m Czech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak form of BOGUMIŁ.
BOHUMÍR m Czech, Slovak
Derived from the Slavic element bogu "god" combined with meru "great, famous" or miru "peace, world".
BOHUSLAV m Czech, Slovak, Ukrainian
Czech, Slovak and Ukrainian form of BOGUSŁAW.
BOIPELO m & f Southern African, Tswana
Means "proud" in Tswana.
BOITUMELO f & m Southern African, Tswana
Means "joy" in Tswana.
BOJAN m Serbian, Croatian, Slovene, Macedonian
Derived from the Slavic element boji meaning "battle". This was the name of a 9th-century Bulgarian saint.
BOJIDAR m Bulgarian
Alternate transcription of Bulgarian Божидар (see BOZHIDAR).
BOLAT m Kazakh
From a Turkic word meaning "steel", ultimately from Persian.
BOLDIZSÁR m Hungarian
Hungarian form of BALTHAZAR.
BOLEK m Polish
Diminutive of BOLESŁAW.
BOLESLAV m Czech, Russian, Medieval Slavic
Czech and Russian form of BOLESŁAW.
BOLESŁAW m Polish
Derived from the Slavic elements bolye "more, greater" and slava "glory". This was the name of kings of Poland, starting in the 11th century with the first Polish king Bolesław the Brave.
BOLÍVAR m Spanish (Latin American)
From a surname that was taken from the Basque place name Bolibar, which was derived from bolu "mill" and ibar "riverside". A famous bearer of the surname was Simón Bolívar (1783-1830), a South American revolutionary leader, after whom the country of Bolivia is named.
BONACCORSO m Italian (Rare)
From a medieval Italian name derived from bono "good" and accorso "haste, rush, help".
BONAVENTURA m Italian
Means "good fortune" in Italian. Saint Bonaventura was a 13th-century Franciscan monk who is considered a Doctor of the Church.
BONGANI m Southern African, Zulu
Means "grateful, thankful" in Zulu.
BONIFAAS m Dutch
Dutch form of Bonifatius (see BONIFACE).
BONIFÁC m Czech (Rare), Hungarian (Rare)
Czech and Hungarian form of Bonifatius (see BONIFACE).
BONIFACE m French, English (Rare)
From the Late Latin name Bonifatius, which meant "good fate" from bonum "good" and fatum "fate". This was the name of nine popes and also several saints, including an 8th-century Anglo-Saxon missionary to Germany (originally named Winfrid) who is now regarded as the patron saint of that country. It came into use in England during the Middle Ages, but became rare after the Protestant Reformation.
BONIFÁCIO m Portuguese
Portuguese form of Bonifatius (see BONIFACE).
BONIFACIO m Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of Bonifatius (see BONIFACE).
BONIFACY m Polish
Polish form of Bonifatius (see BONIFACE).
BONIFAZ m German (Rare)
German form of Bonifatius (see BONIFACE).
BONITUS m Late Roman
Derived from a diminutive of Latin bonus meaning "good". This was the name of a 7th-century century saint, a bishop of Auvergne.
BOOKER m English
From an English occupational surname meaning "maker of books". A famous bearer was Booker T. Washington (1856-1915), an African-American leader.
BOONE m English
From an English surname that was either derived from Old French bon meaning "good" or from the name of the town of Bohon, France.
BOOS m Biblical Greek
Form of BOAZ used in the Greek Old Testament.
BOOZ m Biblical Latin
Form of BOAZ used in the Latin Old Testament.
BOR m Slovene
Short form of names containing bor, such as BORISLAV or BORIS. It is also a South Slavic word meaning "pine tree".
BORA (1) m Turkish
Means "storm, squall" in Turkish, ultimately related to Greek Βορεας (Boreas), the name of the god of the north wind.
BORAN m Turkish
Means "thunderstorm" in Turkish.
BORIS m Bulgarian, Russian, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian, Czech, Slovak, Georgian, German
From the Turkic name Bogoris, perhaps meaning "short" or "wolf" or "snow leopard". It was borne by the 9th-century King Boris I of Bulgaria who converted his country to Christianity, as well as two later Bulgarian emperors. The name was popularized in the Slavic world due to the 11th-century Saint Boris, who was a Russian prince martyred with his brother Gleb. His mother may have been Bulgarian. Another famous bearer was the 16th-century Russian emperor Boris Godunov, later the subject of a play of that name by Aleksandr Pushkin.
BORISLAV m Bulgarian, Serbian, Croatian, Slovene, Russian, Medieval Slavic
Derived from the Slavic element borti "battle" combined with slava "glory".
BORISU m Medieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic form of BORIS, probably ultimately of Turkic origin.
BORIVOI m Medieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic form of BOŘIVOJ.
BOŘIVOJ m Czech
Derived from the Slavic elements borti "battle" and voji "soldier". This name was borne by a 9th-century duke of Bohemia.
BORIVOJ m Serbian, Croatian
Serbian and Croatian form of BOŘIVOJ.
BORIVOJE m Serbian
Serbian form of BOŘIVOJ.
BORJA m Spanish
From a Spanish surname, used as a given name in honour of the Jesuit priest Saint Francis Borja (1510-1572). The surname, also spelled Borgia, is derived from the name of a Spanish town, ultimately from Arabic بُرْج (burj) meaning "tower".
BÖRJE m Swedish
Variant of BIRGER.
BORKO m Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian
Derived from the Slavic element borti meaning "fight, battle".
BORNA m & f Croatian
Derived from the Slavic element borti meaning "fight, battle".
BORO m Croatian, Serbian
Diminutive of BORISLAV or BORIS.
BORUT m Slovene
Diminutive of BORIS.
BORYA m Russian
Diminutive of BORIS.
BORYS m Polish, Ukrainian
Polish and Ukrainian form of BORIS.
BOSSE m Swedish
Swedish diminutive of BO (1).
BOŠTJAN m Slovene
Short form of SEBASTJAN.
BOTOND m Hungarian
Means "stick, mace" in Hungarian.
BOTROS m Arabic, Coptic
Alternate transcription of Arabic بطرس (see BUTRUS).
BOUDEWIJN m Dutch
Dutch form of BALDWIN.
BOULOS m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic بولس (see BULUS).
BOUTROS m Arabic, Coptic
Alternate transcription of Arabic بطرس (see BUTRUS).
BOYAN m Bulgarian
Bulgarian form of BOJAN.
BOYCE m English
From a surname that was derived from Old French bois "wood".
BOYD m Scottish, English
From a Scottish surname that was possibly derived from the name of the island of Bute.
BOYKO m Bulgarian
Originally a diminutive of names containing the Slavic element boji meaning "battle".
BOŽA m Serbian
Diminutive of BOŽIDAR.
BOZHIDAR m Bulgarian, Macedonian, Medieval Slavic
Bulgarian and Macedonian form of BOŽIDAR.
BOZHO m Medieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic form of BOŽO.
BOŽIDAR m Serbian, Croatian, Slovene, Sorbian
Means "divine gift" from the Slavic elements bozy "divine" and daru "gift". It is a Slavic translation of Theodore.
BOŽO m Croatian, Serbian, Slovene
Originally a diminutive of BOŽIDAR and other names beginning with the Slavic element bozy meaning "divine".
BOŻYDAR m Polish
Polish cognate of BOŽIDAR.
BRAAM m Dutch, Limburgish
Dutch and Limburgish short form of ABRAHAM.
BRAD m English
Short form of BRADLEY, BRADFORD, and other names beginning with Brad. A famous bearer is American actor Brad Pitt (1963-).
BRÁDACH m Irish
Possibly derived from a Gaelic word meaning "large-chested".
BRADÁN m Ancient Irish
Means "salmon" in Irish.
BRADEN m English, Irish
From an Irish surname that was derived from Ó Bradáin meaning "descendant of BRADÁN".
BRADFORD m English
From a surname that originally came from a place name that meant "broad ford" in Old English.
BRADLEY m English
From a surname that originally came from a place name meaning "broad clearing" in Old English. A famous bearer of the surname was the World War II American general Omar Bradley (1893-1981).
BRADY m English, Irish
From an Irish surname that was derived from Ó Brádaigh meaning "descendant of BRÁDACH".
BRAGE m Norse Mythology, Norwegian
Modern Scandinavian form of BRAGI.
BRAGI m Norse Mythology, Icelandic
From Old Norse bragr meaning "first, foremost" or "poetry". In Norse mythology Bragi is the god of poetry and the husband of Iðunn.
BRAHIM m Arabic (Maghrebi)
North African short form of IBRAHIM.
BRAHMA m Hinduism
Means "growth, expansion, creation" in Sanskrit. The Hindu god Brahma is the creator and director of the universe, the balance between the opposing forces of Vishnu and Shiva. He is often depicted with four heads and four arms.
BRAIDY m & f English (Rare)
Variant of BRADY.
BRAIS m Galician
Galician form of BLAISE.
BRAITH m English (Australian)
Meaning uncertain, perhaps from Welsh brith, braith meaning "speckled".
BRAJAN m Polish (Modern)
Polish form of BRIAN.
BRAM m English, Dutch
Short form of ABRAHAM. This name was borne by Bram Stoker (1847-1912), the Irish author who wrote Dracula.
BRAN (1) m Irish, Irish Mythology
Means "raven" in Irish. In Irish legend Bran was a mariner who was involved in several adventures.
BRAN (2) m Welsh, Welsh Mythology
Means "raven" in Welsh. In Welsh legend Bran the Blessed (called also Bendigeid Vran) was the son of the god Llyr. Later Welsh legends describe him as a king of Britain who was killed attacking Ireland.
BRAND m English (Rare)
From a surname, a variant of BRANT.
BRANDEN m English
Variant of BRANDON.
BRANDO m Ancient Germanic
Germanic name derived from the element brand meaning "sword".
BRANDON m English
From a surname that was derived from a place name meaning "hill covered with broom" in Old English. It is sometimes also used as a variant of BRENDAN.
BRANDR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse byname meaning "sword" or "fire".
BRANDT m English
From a surname, a variant of BRANT.
BRANIMIR m Croatian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Slovene
Derived from the Slavic element borna "protection" combined with miru meaning "peace, world".
BRANISLAV m Serbian, Slovak, Czech, Slovene, Croatian, Macedonian
Form of BRONISŁAW in several languages.
BRANNON m English
From an Irish surname derived from Mac Branain, which means "descendant of BRAN (1)".
BRANSON m English (Modern)
From an English surname that meant "son of BRANDR".
BRANT m English
From a surname that was derived from the Old Norse given name BRANDR. This is also the name for a variety of wild geese.
BRANTLEY m English (Modern)
From a surname, an Americanized form of the German surname Brändle, ultimately from Old High German brant "fire".
BRÁS m Portuguese
Portuguese form of BLAISE.
BRATISLAV m Serbian
Derived from the Slavic elements bratu "brother" and slava "glory".
BRATOMIL m Medieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic form of BRATUMIŁ.
BRATOSLAV m Medieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic form of BRATISLAV.
BRATUMIŁ m Polish (Rare)
Derived from the Slavic elements bratu "brother" and milu "gracious, dear".
BRAXTON m English (Modern)
From an English surname that was originally derived from a place name meaning "Bracca's town" in Old English.
BRAYAN m Spanish (Modern)
Spanish form of BRIAN.
BRAYLON m English (Modern)
An invented name, using the same sounds found in names such as Braden and Jalen.
BRÉANAINN m Ancient Irish
Old Irish form of BRENDAN.
BREANDÁN m Irish
Irish Gaelic form of BRENDAN.
BRECHT m Dutch
Short form of names containing brecht, often derived from the Germanic element beraht meaning "bright".
BREIXO m Galician
Galician form of VERÍSSIMO.
BRENDAN m Irish, English, Breton
From Brendanus, the Latinized form of the Irish name Bréanainn, which was derived from a Welsh word meaning "prince". Saint Brendan was a 6th-century Irish abbot who, according to legend, crossed the Atlantic and reached North America with 17 other monks.
BRENDANUS m Irish (Latinized)
Latinized form of Bréanainn (see BRENDAN).
BRENDEN m English
Variant of BRENDAN.
BRENDON m English
Variant of BRENDAN.
BRENNAN m Irish, English
From an Irish surname derived from Ó Braonáin meaning "descendant of Braonán". Braonán is a byname meaning "rain, moisture, drop" (with a diminutive suffix).
BRENNUS m Ancient Celtic (Latinized)
Latinized form of a Celtic name (or title) that possibly meant either "king, prince" or "raven". Brennus was a Gallic leader of the 4th century BC who attacked and sacked Rome.
BRENO m Portuguese
Portuguese form of BRENNUS.
BRENT m English
From an English surname, originally taken from various place names, perhaps derived from a Celtic word meaning "hill".
BRENTON m English
From a surname that was derived from an English place name meaning "Bryni's town". Bryni was Old English name meaning "fire".
BRET m English
Variant of BRETT.
BŘETISLAV m Czech
Possibly from Czech brečet "cry, weep" combined with the Slavic element slava "glory".
BRETT m & f English
From a Middle English surname meaning "a Breton", referring to an inhabitant of Brittany. A famous bearer is the American football quarterback Brett Favre (1969-).
BRIAN m English, Irish, Ancient Irish
The meaning of this name is not known for certain but it is possibly related to the old Celtic element bre meaning "hill", or by extension "high, noble". It was borne by the semi-legendary Irish king Brian Boru, who thwarted Viking attempts to conquer Ireland in the 11th century. He was slain in the Battle of Clontarf, though his forces were decisively victorious. The name was common in Ireland before his time, and even more so afterwards. It came into use in England in the Middle Ages, introduced by Breton settlers. It subsequently became rare, but was revived in the 20th century.
BRIAR m & f English (Modern)
From the English word for the thorny plant.
BRICE m French, English
From the name Bricius, which was probably a Latinized form of a Gaulish name meaning "speckled". This was the name of a 5th-century saint, a disciple of Saint Martin of Tours.
BRICIUS m Ancient Celtic (Latinized)
Latin form of BRICE, probably ultimately of Gaulish origin.
BRIDGER m English (Modern)
From an English surname that originally indicated a person who lived near or worked on a bridge.
BRIGHAM m English (Rare)
From a surname that was originally derived from place names meaning "bridge settlement" in Old English.
BRIJESHA m Hinduism
Means "ruler of Brij" in Sanskrit. This is another name of the Hindu god Krishna, Brij being a region associated with him.
BRIN m Welsh
Variant of BRYN.
BRION m English
Variant of BRIAN.
BRISCOE m English (Rare)
From a surname that was derived from a place name meaning "birch wood" in Old Norse.
BRITTON m English
Derived from a Middle English surname meaning "a Briton" (a Celt of England) or "a Breton" (an inhabitant of Brittany).
BROCK m English
From a surname that was derived from Old English brocc meaning "badger".
BRODY m English
From a surname that was originally derived from a place in Moray, Scotland. It probably means "ditch, mire" in Gaelic.
BROEN m Limburgish
Limburgish form of BRUNO.
BROGAN m & f Irish
Derived from Gaelic bróg "shoe" combined with a diminutive suffix. This was the name of several Irish saints, including Saint Patrick's scribe.
BRONISLAV m Czech, Slovak, Russian, Medieval Slavic
Czech and Russian form of BRONISŁAW.
BRONISŁAW m Polish
Derived from the Slavic elements borna "protection" and slava "glory". A famous Polish anthropologist, Bronisław Malinowski (1884-1942), has borne this name.
BRONISLOVAS m Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of BRONISŁAW.
BRONTE m & f English (Rare)
From a surname, an Anglicized form of Irish Ó Proinntigh meaning "descendant of Proinnteach". The given name Proinnteach meant "bestower" in Gaelic. The Brontë sisters - Charlotte, Emily, and Anne - were 19th-century English novelists. Their father changed the spelling of the family surname from Brunty to Brontë, possibly to make it coincide with Greek βροντη meaning "thunder".
BRONTES m Greek Mythology
Means "thunderer" in Greek. In Greek mythology (according to Hesiod), this was the name of one of the three Cyclopes, who were the sons of Uranus and Gaia.
BROOK m & f English
From an English surname that denoted one who lived near a brook.
BROOKS m English
From an English surname, a variant of BROOK.
BROOS m Dutch, Limburgish
Dutch and Limburgish short form of AMBROOS.
BRUCE m Scottish, English
From a Scottish surname, of Norman origin, which probably originally referred to the town of Brix in France. The surname was borne by Robert the Bruce, a Scottish hero of the 14th century who achieved independence from England and became the king of Scotland. It has been in use as a given name in the English-speaking world since the 19th century. A notable bearer is the American musician Bruce Springsteen (1949-).
BRUNELLO m Italian
Diminutive of BRUNO.
BRUNO m German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Croatian, Polish, Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic element brun "armour, protection" or brun "brown". Saint Bruno of Cologne was a German monk of the 11th century who founded the Carthusian Order. The surname has belonged to Giordano Bruno, a philosopher burned at the stake by the Inquisition.
BRUTUS m Ancient Roman
Roman cognomen meaning "heavy" in Latin. Famous bearers include Lucius Junius Brutus, the traditional founder of the Roman Republic, and Marcus Junius Brutus, the statesman who conspired to assassinate Julius Caesar.
BRYAN m English
Variant of BRIAN.
BRYANT m English
From a surname that was derived from the given name BRIAN.
BRYCE m English
Variant of BRICE.
BRYN m & f Welsh, English
Means "hill, mound" in Welsh. It is now used as a feminine name as well.
BRYNJAR m Norwegian, Icelandic
Derived from the Old Norse elements bryn "armour" and arr "warrior".
BRYNMOR m Welsh
From a Welsh place name meaning "great hill".
BRYON m English
Variant of BRIAN.
BRYSON m English
From an English surname meaning "son of BRICE".
BUANA m Indonesian
Means "the world" in Indonesian, ultimately from Sanskrit भुवन (bhuvana).
BUCK m English
From an English nickname meaning simply "buck, male deer", ultimately from Old English bucc.
BUD m English
Short form of BUDDY.
BUDDHA m History
Means "enlightened" in Sanskrit. This is a title applied to Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism, as well as to a handful of other enlightened individuals.
BUDDY m English
From the English word meaning "friend". It probably originated as a nursery form of the word brother.
BUDI m Indonesian
Means "reason, mind, character" in Indonesian, ultimately from Sanskrit बुद्धि (buddhi) meaning "intellect" (related to BUDDHA).
BUENAVENTURA m Spanish
Spanish form of BONAVENTURA.
BUĞRA m Turkish
Means "baby camel" in Turkish.
BUHLE f & m Southern African, Xhosa, Ndebele
From Xhosa and Ndebele buhle "beautiful, handsome", from the root hle.
BÚI m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of BO (1).
BULAT m Kazakh
Alternate transcription of Kazakh Болат (see BOLAT).
BÜLENT m Turkish
From Persian بلند (boland) meaning "high, mighty".
BULUS m Arabic
Arabic form of PAUL.
BULUT m Turkish
Means "cloud" in Turkish.
BÜNYAMİN m Turkish
Turkish form of BENJAMIN.
BURAK m Turkish
From Arabic براق (Buraq), the name of the legendary creature that, according to Islamic tradition, transported the Prophet Muhammad. Its name is derived from Arabic برق (barq) meaning "lightning".
BURÇİN f & m Turkish
Means "hind, doe" in Turkish.
BURHAN m Arabic, Turkish
Means "proof" in Arabic.
BURIM m Albanian
Means "spring, well, water source" in Albanian.
BURKE m English
From an English surname that was derived from Old English burg meaning "fortress".
BURKHARD m German, Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements burg meaning "protection" and hard "brave, hardy". Saint Burkhard was a bishop who founded several monasteries in Germany in the 8th century.
BURT m English
Short form of BURTON.
BURTON m English
From a surname that was originally taken from an Old English place name meaning "fortified town". A famous bearer of the surname was Sir Richard Burton (1821-1890), an explorer of Africa and Asia.
BUSINGE m & f Eastern African, Kiga
Means "peace" in Rukiga.
BUSTER m English
Originally a nickname denoting a person who broke things, from the word bust, a dialectal variant of burst. A famous bearer was the silent movie star Buster Keaton (1895-1966).
BUTRUS m Arabic, Coptic
Arabic form of PETER.
BUZ m Biblical
Means "contempt" in Hebrew. This is the name of a son of ABRAHAM's brother Nahor in the Old Testament.
BYELOBOG m Slavic Mythology
Means "the white god" from Slavic byelo "white" and bogu "god". This was the name of the Slavic god of the sun, happiness and fortune.
BYEONG-HO m Korean
From Sino-Korean (byeong) meaning "bright, luminous, glorious" combined with (ho) meaning "great, numerous, vast" or (ho) meaning "summer, sky, heaven". Other hanja character combinations are possible.
BYRNE m English (Rare)
From an Irish surname that was derived from Ó Broin meaning "descendant of BRAN (1)".
BYRON m English
From a surname that was originally from a place name meaning "place of the cow sheds" in Old English. This was the surname of the romantic poet Lord Byron (1788-1824), the writer of Don Juan and many other works.
BYSSHE m English (Rare)
From an English surname, a variant of the surname Bush, which originally indicated a person who lived near a bush. This was the middle name of the romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822).
BYUNG-HO m Korean
Alternate transcription of Korean Hangul 병호 (see BYEONG-HO).
CADE m English
From a surname that was originally derived from a nickname meaning "round" in Old English.
CADELL m Welsh
From Welsh cad "battle" and a diminutive suffix.
CADEN m English (Modern)
Sometimes explained as a derivative of the Irish surname Caden, which is a reduced form of the Irish Gaelic Mac Cadáin meaning "son of Cadán". In actuality, its popularity in America beginning in the 1990s is due to its sound - it shares its fashionable den suffix sound with other popular names like Hayden, Aidan and Braden.
CADEYRN m Ancient Celtic
Means "battle king" from Welsh cad "battle" and teyrn "king, monarch". Cadeyrn (also known as Catigern) was a 5th-century king of Powys in Wales, the son of Vortigern.
CADFAEL m Welsh
Means "battle prince" from Welsh cad "battle" and mael "prince".
CADFAN m Welsh
Means "battle peak" from Welsh cad "battle" and ban "peak". Saint Cadfan, from Brittany, was a 6th-century missionary to Wales.
CADMUS m Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Καδμος (Kadmos), of uncertain meaning. In Greek mythology Cadmus was the son of the Phoenician king Agenor. He was sent by his father to rescue his sister Europa, who had been abducted by Zeus, although he did not succeed in retrieving her. According to legend, Cadmus founded the city of Thebes and introduced the alphabet to Greece.
CADOC m Welsh
Derived from Welsh cad meaning "battle". This was the name of a 6th-century Welsh saint who was martyred by the Saxons.
CADOGAN m Welsh, Irish
Anglicized form of CADWGAN.
CADWALADER m Welsh
Means "leader of the battle" from Welsh cad "battle" and gwaladr "leader". This was the name of a Welsh saint of the 7th century.
CADWGAN m Welsh
Means "glory in battle" from Welsh cad "battle" and gwogawn "glory, honour". In the Mabinogion, a collection of tales from Welsh myth, this name is briefly mentioned as the son of Iddon.
CAECILIUS m Ancient Roman
Original masculine form of CECILIA.
CAEDMON m History
Meaning unknown, though the first element is likely connected to Brythonic kad meaning "battle". Saint Caedmon was a 7th-century Anglo-Saxon poet who supposedly received his poetic inspiration from a dream. Our only knowledge of him is through the historian Bede.
CÁEL m Irish Mythology
From Irish caol meaning "slender". In Irish legend Cáel was a warrior of the Fianna and the lover of Créd.
CAELAN m & f English (Rare)
Anglicized form of CAOLÁN or CAOILFHIONN.
CAELESTINUS m Late Roman
Late Latin name, a derivative of CAELESTIS. This name was borne by five popes (usually spelled Celestine in English).
CAELESTIS m Late Roman
Late Latin name meaning "of the sky, heavenly".
CAELINUS m Ancient Roman
Roman family name that was itself derived from the Roman family name CAELIUS.
CAELIUS m Ancient Roman
Roman family name that was derived from Latin caelum meaning "heaven".
CAERWYN m Welsh
Derived from the Welsh elements caer "fortress" and gwyn "white, fair".
CAESAR m Ancient Roman
From a Roman cognomen that possibly meant "hairy", from Latin caesaries "hair". Julius Caesar and his adopted son Julius Caesar Octavianus (commonly known as Augustus) were both rulers of the Roman Empire in the 1st century BC. Caesar was used as a title by the emperors that came after them.
CAESARIUS m Late Roman
Late Latin name that was derived from CAESAR. Saint Caesarius was a 6th-century bishop of Arles.
CAESO m Ancient Roman
Roman praenomen, or given name, that was probably derived from Latin caesius meaning "blue-grey". This praenomen was only used by a few families.
CAESONIUS m Ancient Roman
Roman family name that was derived from the praenomen CAESO.
CAETANO m Portuguese
Portuguese form of Caietanus (see GAETANO).
CAFER m Turkish
Turkish form of JAFAR.
ÇAĞATAY m Turkish
From the Mongolian name Tsagadai (of unknown meaning), which was borne by the second son of Genghis Khan, known as Chagatai in English.
CAHAL m Irish
Anglicized form of CATHAL.
CAHAYA m & f Indonesian, Malay
Means "light" in Malay and Indonesian.
CAHIR m Irish
Anglicized form of CATHAIR.
CAHYA m & f Indonesian
Variant of CAHAYA.
CAHYO m & f Indonesian, Javanese
Javanese form of CAHAYA.
CAIAPHAS m Biblical
Meaning unknown, probably of Aramaic origin. In the New Testament this is the name of the Jewish high priest who condemns Jesus.
CAIETANUS m Late Roman
Latin form of GAETANO.
CAILEAN m Scottish
Means "whelp, young dog" in Gaelic. This name is also used as a Scottish form of COLUMBA.
CAIN m Biblical, Biblical Latin
Means "acquired" in Hebrew. In Genesis in the Old Testament Cain is the first son of Adam and Eve. He killed his brother Abel after God accepted Abel's offering of meat instead of his offering of plant-based foods. After this Cain was banished to be a wanderer.
CAINNEACH m Irish
Irish form of COINNEACH.
CAIO m Portuguese, Italian
Portuguese and Italian form of GAIUS.
CAIRBRE m Irish
Means "charioteer" in Irish. This was the name of two semi-legendary high kings of Ireland.
CAIRO m English (Modern)
From the name of the city in Egypt, called القاهرة (al-Qahirah) in Arabic, meaning "the victorious".
CAISHEN m Chinese Mythology
Means "god of wealth", from Chinese (cái) meaning "wealth, riches" and (shén) meaning "god". This is the name of a Chinese god of wealth.
CAISIDE m Ancient Irish
Old Irish byname meaning "curly haired", from Irish Gaelic cas.
CAIUS m Ancient Roman
Roman variant of GAIUS.
CAJETAN m History
English form of CAIETANUS.
CAL m English
Short form of CALVIN.
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