Masculine Names

gender
usage
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 Old Irish
Derived from Old Irish berach meaning "sharp, pointed". 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.
Berend m Dutch
Variant of Bernhard.
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).
Bernardino m Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Diminutive of Bernardo. Saint Bernadino of Siena was a 15th-century Italian priest and preacher.
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, 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 (Rare)
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 "white top" from the Welsh elements barr "top, head" and gwyn "white, fair". This is the name of a mountain range in Wales.
Besarion m Georgian
Georgian form of Bessarion.
Besim 1 m Turkish
Turkish form of Basim.
Besim 2 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 English
From a Welsh surname that was derived from ap Evan meaning "son of Evan". As a given name, it is particularly common in New Zealand and Australia.
Beverly f & m English
From an English surname that was originally derived from the name of a Yorkshire city, itself from Old English beofor "beaver" and (possibly) licc "stream". It came into use as a masculine given name in the 19th century, then became common as an American feminine name after the publication of George Barr McCutcheon's 1904 novel Beverly of Graustark. It was most popular in the 1930s, and has since greatly declined in use.
Bevis m English (Rare)
From an English surname that is possibly derived from the name of the French town Beauvais.
Bhaltair m Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic 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 Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic 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 (Rare)
Diminutive of Biagio.
Biagio m Italian
Italian form of Blaise.
Bibek m Nepali, Bengali
Nepali and Bengali form of Vivek.
Bích f & m Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (bích) meaning "bluish green".
Bidziil m Indigenous American, Navajo
Means "he is strong" in Navajo.
Bidzina m Georgian
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.
Bilal m Arabic, Turkish, Urdu
Means "wetting, moistening" in Arabic. This was the name of a companion of the Prophet Muhammad.
Bilbo m Literature
This is the name of the hero of The Hobbit (1937) by J. R. R. Tolkien. His real hobbit name is 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 is 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 "sacred tree, scion, hero". In Irish mythology this was the name of one of the Milesians who was drowned while invading Ireland.
Bilge 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 Old Norse, 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".
Bittor m Basque
Basque form of Victor.
Bjarke m Danish
Danish diminutive of Bjørn.
Bjarki m Icelandic
Masculine form of Björk.
Bjarne m Danish, Norwegian, Swedish
Modern form of Bjarni.
Bjarni m Old Norse, Icelandic, Faroese
Old Norse diminutive of Bjǫrn and other names containing the element bjǫrn meaning "bear".
Bjarte m Norwegian
From the Old Norse byname Bjartr, which meant "bright".
Bjartr m Old Norse
Old Norse form of Bjarte.
Bjartur m Icelandic
Icelandic form of Bjartr (see Bjarte).
Bjoern m German (Rare)
German variant of Björn. The Scandinavian names Björn and Bjørn are occasionally written with the digraph oe.
Björn m Swedish, Icelandic, German
From an Old Norse byname derived from bjǫrn meaning "bear".
Bjørn m Norwegian, Danish
Danish and Norwegian form of Björn.
Bjǫrn m Old Norse
Old Norse form of Björn.
Bjørnar m Norwegian
Possibly a modern coinage based on the Old Norse elements bjǫrn "bear" and herr "army" or arr "warrior".
Björne m Swedish
Diminutive of Björn.
Bláán m Old Irish
From Old Irish blá meaning "yellow" combined with a diminutive suffix. This was the name of 6th-century Irish saint, a bishop of Kingarth on the Isle of Bute in Scotland.
Blago m Croatian, Bulgarian
Croatian form of Blagoy, as well as a Bulgarian variant.
Blagoj m Macedonian
Macedonian form of Blagoy.
Blagoje m Serbian
Serbian form of Blagoy.
Blagovest m Bulgarian
Derived from the Slavic elements благ (blag) meaning "sweet, pleasant, good" and вест (vest) meaning "message, news".
Blagoy m Bulgarian
Derived from South Slavic благ (blag) meaning "sweet, pleasant, good".
Blagun m Macedonian, Bulgarian (Rare)
Derived from South Slavic благ (blag) meaning "sweet, pleasant, good".
Blahoslav m Czech
Derived from the Slavic elements blag meaning "sweet, pleasant, good" and slava meaning "glory".
Blai m Catalan
Catalan form of Blasius (see Blaise).
Blaine m English
From a Scottish surname that was derived from the Old Irish given name Bláán.
Blair m & f Scottish, English
From a Scottish surname that was derived from Gaelic blàr meaning "plain, field, battlefield". In Scotland this name is typically masculine.... [more]
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 & f English
From an English 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). It was originally a mainly masculine name but in 2007 actress Blake Lively (1987-) began starring in the television series Gossip Girl, after which time it increased in popularity for girls.
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.
Blessing m & f English (African)
From the English word blessing, of Old English origin. This name is most common in Nigeria, Zimbabwe and other parts of Africa.
Blong m Hmong
Means "leaf" in Hmong.
Blue m & f English (Rare)
From the English word for the colour, derived via Norman French from a Frankish word (replacing the native Old English cognate blaw). Despite the fact that this name was used by the American musicians Beyoncé and Jay-Z in 2012 for their first daughter, it has not come into general use in the United States.
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, Dutch, 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 (Rare)
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, Slovak, Ukrainian, Polish
Czech, Slovak and Ukrainian form of Bogdan, as well as a Polish variant.
Bohort m Arthurian Romance
French form of Bors.
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 "joy, rejoicing" in Tswana, from ipela meaning "to rejoice".
Boitumelo f & m Southern African, Tswana
Means "joy" in Tswana, from itumela meaning "to be happy".
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.
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.
Bomilcar m Phoenician (Latinized)
From the Punic name 𐤁𐤃𐤌𐤋𐤒𐤓𐤕 (Bodmilqart), from Phoenician 𐤁𐤃 (bod) meaning "on behalf of" or perhaps from 𐤏𐤁𐤃 (ʿabd) meaning "servant, slave" combined with the name of the god Melqart. This name was borne by a few figures from Carthaginian history.
Bonaccorso m Italian (Rare)
From a medieval Italian name derived from bono "good" and accorso "haste, rush, help".
Bonaventura m Italian, Catalan
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 (Rare)
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 (Rare)
Portuguese form of Bonifatius (see Boniface).
Bonifacio m Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of Bonifatius (see Boniface).
Bonifacy m Polish (Rare)
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 some versions of the Greek Bible.
Booz m Biblical Greek, Biblical Latin
Form of Boaz used in the Greek and Latin Bibles.
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 Βορέας (Boreas), the name of the god of the north wind.
Boran m Turkish
Means "thunderstorm" in Turkish.
Boreas m Greek Mythology
Means "north wind" in Greek. Boreas was the Greek god of the north wind.
Bořek m Czech
Diminutive of Bořivoj, now used independently.
Boris m Bulgarian, Russian, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian, Czech, Slovak, Georgian, German, French
From a Bulgar Turkic name, also recorded as Bogoris, perhaps meaning "short" or "wolf" or "snow leopard". It was borne by the 9th-century Boris I of Bulgaria who converted his realm to Christianity and is thus regarded as a saint in the Orthodox Church. To the north in Kievan Rus it was the name of another saint, a son of Vladimir the Great who was murdered with his brother Gleb in the 11th century. His mother may have been Bulgarian.... [more]
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 Bulgar 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.
Bors m Arthurian Romance
From French Bohort, probably from Old French behort or bohort meaning "jousting" or "jousting lance". First appearing in the 13th-century Lancelot-Grail Cycle, Bors was one of Arthur's knights who quested for the Holy Grail. His father, the king of Gaunnes, was also named Bors.
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).
Botum f & m Khmer
From Pali paduma meaning "lotus", from Sanskrit पद्म (padma).
Boudewijn m Dutch
Dutch form of Baldwin.
Boulos m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic بولس (see Bulus).
Bounmy m & f Lao
Means "happy", from Lao ບຸນ (boun) meaning "happiness, prosperity, goodness" combined with ມີ (mi) meaning "to have".
Boutros m Arabic, Coptic
Alternate transcription of Arabic بطرس (see Butrus).
Bowen m English (Modern)
From a Welsh surname, derived from ap Owain meaning "son of Owain".
Bowie m English (Modern), Dutch (Modern)
From a Scottish surname, derived from Gaelic buidhe meaning "yellow". It has been used as a given name in honour of the British musician David Bowie (1947-2016), born David Robert Jones, who took his stage name from the American pioneer James Bowie (1796-1836).
Boyan m Bulgarian
Bulgarian form of Bojan.
Boyce m English
From an English surname that was derived from Old French bois "wood".
Boyd m English
From a Scottish surname that was possibly derived from the name of the island of Bute (Bód in Gaelic).
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 form of Božidar, as well as an alternate transcription for Macedonian.
Bozho m Medieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic form of Božo.
Božidar m Serbian, Croatian, Slovene, Macedonian, 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 Medieval Irish
Irish byname, possibly derived from bradach meaning "thieving, roguish, spirited".
Bradán m Medieval Irish
Means "salmon" in Irish. It could also be formed from Irish brad "thief" and a diminutive suffix.
Braden m English
From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Ó Bradáin, which was in turn derived from the byname Bradán. Like other similar-sounding names such as Hayden and Aidan, it and its variant Brayden became popular in America at the end of the 20th century.
Bradford m English
From an English surname that originally came from a place name that meant "broad ford" in Old English.
Bradley m English
From an English 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
From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Ó Brádaigh, itself derived from the byname Brádach. A famous bearer of the surname is American football quarterback Tom Brady (1977-). It was also borne by a fictional family on the television series The Brady Bunch (1969-1974).
Brage m Norse Mythology, Norwegian
Modern Scandinavian form of Bragi.
Bragi m Norse Mythology, Icelandic
Derived 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, Rare)
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.
Brân m Welsh Mythology
Means "raven" in Welsh. According to the Second Branch of the Mabinogi, Brân the Blessed (called Bendigeidfran) was a giant king of Britain. He was the son of the divine figure Llŷr. After his sister Branwen was mistreated by her husband the Irish king Matholwch, Brân led an attack on Ireland (the text says that he was so big he was able to wade there). Although victorious, the British lost all except seven men with Brân being mortally wounded by a poisoned spear. He asked the survivors to cut of his head and return with it to Britain. The head continued to speak for many years until it was buried in London.
Bran 1 m Irish, Irish Mythology, Old Irish
Means "raven" in Irish. In Irish legend Bran mac Febail was a mariner who was involved in several adventures on his quest to find the Otherworld.
Bran 2 m Welsh Mythology
Unaccented variant of Brân. This is also the Middle Welsh form.
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 an English surname that was derived from a place name meaning "hill covered with broom" in Old English.... [more]
Brandr m Old Norse
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, a variant of Brennan.
Branson m English (Modern)
From an English surname that meant "son of Brandr".
Brant m English
From an English 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.