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This is a list of names in which the gender is masculine; and the first letter is B.
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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.
BESNIK m Albanian
Means "faithful" in Albanian.
BESO m Georgian
Short form of BESARION.
BESSARION m Late Greek
Meaning uncertain, possibly from Greek βησσα (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 novel Beverly of Graustark (1904).
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.
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 βιος (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 επισκοπος (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 Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Modern form of BJARNI.
BJARNI m Ancient Scandinavian, 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 Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of BJARTE.
BJARTUR m Icelandic
Icelandic form of Bjartr (see BJARTE).
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 Ancient Scandinavian
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.
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.
BLAGOY m Bulgarian
Derived from South Slavic благ (blag) meaning "sweet, pleasant, good".
BLAGUN m Bulgarian, Macedonian
Derived from South Slavic благ (blag) meaning "sweet, pleasant, good".
BLAI m Catalan
Catalan form of Blasius (see BLAISE).
BLAINE m English
From a Scottish surname that was derived from the given name Bláán, which meant "yellow" in Gaelic. Saint Bláán was a 6th-century missionary to the Picts.
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".
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.
BLAZH m Medieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic name derived from Slavic blagu meaning "good, blessed, happy".
BLAZHE m Macedonian
Derived from South Slavic благ (blag) meaning "sweet, pleasant, good".
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.
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 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".