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Gender Masculine
Scripts Βησσαριων(Ancient Greek)

Meaning & History

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.