Names Starting with B

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Georgian form of BAHADUR.
Originally a short form of names starting with the Germanic element badu "fight, struggle".
BAAKOm & fWestern African, Akan
Means "first born child" in Akan.
BA'ALmSemitic Mythology, Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of Semitic ba'l meaning "lord, master, possessor". This was the title of various deities, often associated with storms and fertility, who were worshipped by the Canaanites, Phoenicians, and other peoples of the ancient Near East. It was particularly applied to the god Hadad.
BAALmSemitic Mythology, Biblical Greek, Biblical Latin, Biblical
Variant spelling of BA'AL, and the form used in most translations of the Bible.
BA'AL HAMMONmSemitic Mythology
From Semitic ba'l meaning "lord" prefixing another word of uncertain meaning. This was the name of the supreme god worshipped in the Phoenician city of Carthage, alongside his consort Tanith.
Form of BEELZEBUB used in many English versions of the Old Testament.
Variant of BÅRD.
BABAJIDEmWestern African, Yoruba
Means "father has returned" in Yoruba.
BABAKmPersian, Ancient Persian
Means "little father" in Persian. This was the name of the father of Ardashir, the founder of the Sassanid Empire in Persia. It was also borne by the 9th-century resistance leader Babak Khorramdin.
Alternate transcription of Urdu بابر (see BABUR).
BABATUNDEmWestern African, Yoruba
Means "father has returned" in Yoruba.
Alternate transcription of Urdu بابر (see BABUR).
French diminutive of ELIZABETH.
BABIRYEfEastern African, Ganda
Means "first of twins" in Luganda.
Diminutive of CHARALAMPOS.
Diminutive of BARBARA.
Turkish form of BABUR.
From a Persian word meaning "tiger". This was the nickname of Zahir ud-Din Muhammad, the 16th-century founder of the Mughal Empire in India.
BABYLASmLate Greek, French (Rare)
Derived from the name of the ancient Mesopotamian city of Babylon. Saint Babylas was a 3rd-century patriarch of Antioch who was martyred during the reign of the Roman emperor Decius.
BACCHUSmGreek Mythology (Latinized)
From Greek Βακχος (Bakchos), derived from ιαχο (iacho) meaning "to shout". This was another name of the Greek god Dionysos, and it was also the name that the Romans commonly used for him.
Old English name probably derived from beadu meaning "battle".
Latinized form of a Persian name of unknown meaning. Saint Bademus was a 4th-century Persian martyr who was a victim of Shapur II's persecutions.
BADRm & fArabic
Means "full moon" in Arabic.
Georgian form of BADR.
BADULFmAncient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements badu "fight, struggle" and wulf "wolf".
BADURADmAncient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements badu "fight, struggle" and rad "counsel".
Short form of ALBAER and other Limburgish names ending in baer, often derived from the Germanic element beraht meaning "bright".
BAGADATAmAncient Persian
Old Persian name derived from baga "god" and data "given". This was the name of a 3rd-century BC Persian satrap under the Seleucid Empire.
BAGGImAncient Scandinavian
Derived from Old Norse baggi meaning "bag, pack".
BAGRATmArmenian, Georgian (Rare)
Armenian and Georgian form of BAGADATA. This name was borne by several Georgian kings, though it is now uncommon there.
Means "handsome, excellent" in Indonesian.
BAHAmArabic, Turkish
Means "splendour, glory" in Arabic.
Turkish form of BAHADUR.
BAHADURmPersian, Arabic
Persian form of the Turkic word bagatur meaning "hero, warrior, brave".
BAHARfPersian, Turkish
Means "spring" in Persian and Turkish.
Derived from Turkmen bahar meaning "spring" and gül meaning "flower, rose" (both roots ultimately of Persian origin).
Alternate transcription of Arabic بهيجة (see BAHIJA).
Masculine form of BAHIJA.
Means "happy" in Arabic.
Means "beautiful" in Arabic.
BAHMANmPersian, Persian Mythology
Modern Persian form of Avestan Vohu Manah meaning "good mind". This was the name of a Zoroastrian god (one of the Amesha Spenta) associated with domestic animals. It is also the name of the eleventh month in the Iranian calendar.
BAHRAMmPersian, Persian Mythology
Modern Persian form of Avestan Verethragna meaning "victory over resistance". This was the name of a Zoroastrian god (one of the Amesha Spenta) associated with victory and war. This name was borne by several Sassanid emperors. It is also the Persian name for the planet Mars.
BAIm & fChinese
From Chinese (bái) meaning "white, pure", (bǎi) meaning "one hundred, many" or (bǎi) meaning "cypress tree, cedar" (which is usually only masculine). Other Chinese characters can form this name as well. This name was borne in the 8th century by the Tang dynasty poet Li Bai, whose given was .
Means "white" in Yiddish.
BAILEYm & fEnglish
From a surname derived from Middle English baili meaning "bailiff", originally denoting one who was a bailiff.
Irish form of BARBARA.
BAISHANmNative American, Apache
Means "knife" in Apache. This was the name of a 19th-century chief of the Chiricahua Apache.
Means "alone" in Basque.
Feminine form of BAKAR.
Alternate transcription of Arabic باقي (see BAQI).
Turkish form of BAQI.
Turkish form of BAQIR. This name is spelled with a Turkish dotless i, as Bakır.
Bosian form of BAQIR.
Means "young camel" in Arabic. Abu Bakr was a father-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad and the first caliph of the Muslim world.
BALA (1)m & fHinduism, Tamil
Means "young" in Sanskrit. This is a transcription of both the masculine form बाल and the feminine form बाला (a minor Hindu goddess).
Means "god of strength" from Sanskrit बल (bala) meaning "strength" combined with देव (deva) meaning "god". Baladeva (also called Balarama) is the name of the older brother of the Hindu god Krishna.
BALAKRISHNAmIndian, Telugu, Kannada
From Sanskrit बल (bala) meaning "strength, might" combined with the name of the Hindu god KRISHNA.
BALAMmNative American, Mayan
Means "jaguar" in Mayan.
Hungarian form of BLAISE.
BALBINAfSpanish (Rare), Portuguese (Rare), Italian (Rare), Ancient Roman
Feminine form of BALBINUS. Saint Balbina was a 2nd-century Roman woman martyred with her father Quirinus.
BALBINOmSpanish (Rare), Portuguese (Rare), Italian (Rare)
Spanish, Portuguese and Italian form of BALBINUS.
BALBINUSmAncient Roman
Roman cognomen which was a derivative of BALBUS.
BALBUSmAncient Roman
Roman cognomen which meant "stammerer" in Latin. This was a family name of the mother of Emperor Augustus, Atia Balba Caesonia.
BALDARICHmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of BALDRIC.
Italian form of BALTHAZAR.
BALDERmNorse Mythology
Means "prince" from Old Norse. In Norse mythology Balder was the son of Odin and Frigg. Because of the disturbing dreams he had when he was young, his mother extracted an oath from every thing in the world that it would not harm him. However the evil fire god Loki learned that she had overlooked mistletoe. Being jealous, he tricked the blind god Hoder into throwing a branch of mistletoe at Balder, which killed him.
BALDEVmIndian, Hindi
Modern Hindi transcription of BALADEVA.
BALDOmItalian, Spanish, Ancient Germanic
Originally a short form of names containing the Germanic element bald "bold, brave", such as BALDOVINO and TEOBALDO. In Italian it can also be short for the non-Germanic name BALDASSARE.
BALDOMARmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of BALDOMERO.
Derived from the Germanic elements bald "bold, brave" and mari "famous".
BALDOVINmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of BALDWIN.
Italian form of BALDWIN.
BALDRmNorse Mythology
Old Norse form of BALDER.
BALDRICmEnglish (Archaic)
Derived from the Germanic elements bald "bold, brave" and ric "power, rule". The Normans introduced this name to Britain, and it was common in the Middle Ages.
Portuguese form of BALDWIN.
Spanish form of BALDWIN.
BALDURmGerman, Icelandic
German and Icelandic form of BALDER.
BALDWINmEnglish, Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements bald "bold, brave" and win "friend". In the Middle Ages this was a popular name in Flanders and among the Normans, who brought it to Britain. It was borne by one of the leaders of the First Crusade, an 11th-century nobleman from Flanders. After the crusaders conquered Jerusalem, he was crowned as the king of the Kingdom of Jerusalem.
Basque form of Valentinus (see VALENTINE (1)).
BALFOURmEnglish (Rare)
From a Scottish surname, originally from various place names, which meant "village pasture" in Gaelic.
Hungarian form of Valentinus (see VALENTINE (1)).
BALTASAR (1)mSpanish
Spanish form of BALTAZAR.
BALTASAR (2)mBiblical Greek
Form of BELSHAZZAR used in the Greek Old Testament.
BALTASSARmBiblical Latin
Form of BELSHAZZAR used in the Latin Old Testament.
BALTHAZARmJudeo-Christian Legend
Variant of BELSHAZZAR. Balthazar is the name traditionally assigned to one of the wise men (also known as the Magi, or three kings) who visited the newborn Jesus. He was said to have come from Arabia.
BALWINDERm & fIndian (Sikh)
From Sanskrit बल (bala) meaning "strength, might" combined with the name of the Hindu god INDRA.
BAMBANGmIndonesian, Javanese
Means "knight" in Javanese.
Derived from Italian bambina meaning "young girl". The American novelist Marjorie Benton Cooke used it in her novel 'Bambi' (1914). This was also the name of a male deer in a cartoon by Walt Disney, which was based on a 1923 novel by Swiss author Felix Salten.
BAMIDELEmWestern African, Yoruba
Means "follow me home" in Yoruba.
Diminutive of ANDRÁS.
BANDILEm & fSouthern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele
Means "they have increased" in Zulu, Xhosa and Ndebele.
BANUfPersian, Turkish
Means "lady" in Persian.
From Sino-Vietnamese (bảo) meaning "protection, security".
BAOf & mChinese
From Chinese (bǎo) meaning "treasure, jewel, precious, rare", (bāo) meaning "praise, honour" or (bāo) meaning "bud" (which is usually only feminine). Other Chinese characters are possible as well.
German form of BAPTISTE. It is often paired with the name Johann, in honour of Saint John the Baptist.
Means "baptist" in French, originally deriving from Greek βαπτω (bapto) "to dip". This name is usually given in honour of Saint John the Baptist, and as such it is often paired with the name Jean.
Means "eternal" in Arabic. This was the pen name of a 16th-century Turkish poet.
Means "to rip open" in Arabic. Muhammad al-Baqir was the fifth imam of the Shia Muslims.
Czech diminutive of BARBORA.
Croatian short form of BARBARA.
Scottish form of BARBARA.
Alternate transcription of Arabic باراك (see BARAK (2)). A famous bearer is former American president Barack Obama (1961-), who was named after his Kenyan father.
BARAK (1)mHebrew, Biblical, Biblical Greek, Biblical Hebrew
Means "lightning" in Hebrew. According to the Old Testament, Barak was a military commander under the guidance of the prophetess Deborah. They defeated the Canaanite army led by Sisera.
BARAK (2)mArabic
Meanings "blessing" in Arabic.
Means "blessings" in Arabic, a plural form of BARAK (2).
Means "exalted" in Persian.
Short form of BARBARA.
BÁRBARAfPortuguese, Spanish
Portuguese and Spanish form of BARBARA.
BARBARAfEnglish, Italian, French, German, Polish, Hungarian, Slovene, Croatian, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Late Roman
Derived from Greek βαρβαρος (barbaros) meaning "foreign". According to legend, Saint Barbara was a young woman killed by her father Dioscorus, who was then killed by a bolt of lightning. She is the patron of architects, geologists, stonemasons and artillerymen. Because of her renown, the name came into general use in the Christian world in the Middle Ages. In England it became rare after the Protestant Reformation, but it was revived in the 19th century.
Georgian form of BARBARA.
German diminutive of BARBARA.
Diminutive of BARBARA.
BARBORAfCzech, Slovak, Lithuanian
Czech, Slovak and Lithuanian form of BARBARA.
Swedish form of BARBARA.
BARCLAYmScottish, English (Rare)
From a Scottish surname which was likely derived from the English place name Berkeley, meaning "birch wood" in Old English.
Norwegian form of the Old Norse name Bárðr, which was derived from the elements baðu "battle" and friðr "peace".
Variant of BERNHARD.
Croatian diminutive of BARBARA.
Means "peace" in Turkish.
BARLAAMmJudeo-Christian Legend
Meaning unknown. In Christian legends Barlaam (recorded as Greek Βαρλααμ) was a 3rd-century hermit who converted Josaphat, the son of an Indian king, to Christianity. The story is based on that of the Buddha. This name was also borne by two saints.
Hungarian short form of BARNABAS.
Hungarian form of BARNABAS.
BARNABASmGerman (Rare), English (Rare), Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Greek form of an Aramaic name. In Acts in the New Testament the byname Barnabas was given to a man named Joseph, a Jew from Cyprus who was a companion of Paul on his missionary journeys. The original Aramaic form is unattested, but it may be from בּר נביא (bar naviya') meaning "son of the prophet", though in Acts 4:36 it is claimed that the name means "son of encouragement". As an English name, it came into occasional use after the 12th century.
French form of BARNABAS.
BARNABYmEnglish (Archaic)
Medieval English form of BARNABAS.
Variant of BAIRRE.
BARRETmEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which was a variant of BARRETT.
From a surname probably meaning "strife" in Middle English, originally given to a quarrelsome person.
Means "fair hair", derived from Gaelic barr "head" and fionn "white, fair".
Older form of BARRFHIONN.
BARRYmIrish, English
Anglicized form of BAIRRE. It is also sometimes used as an Anglicized form of BERACH.
BARTmEnglish, Dutch
Short form of BARTHOLOMEW. This name is borne by a cartoon boy on the television series 'The Simpsons'.
Hungarian short form of BERTALAN.
BARTALmHungarian (Rare)
Hungarian short form of BERTALAN.
Polish diminutive of BARTŁOMIEJ or BARTOSZ.
Dutch diminutive of BARTHOLOMEW.
New Testament Greek form of BARTHOLOMEW.
BARTHOLOMEUSmDutch, Biblical Latin
Dutch and Latin form of BARTHOLOMEW.
BARTHOLOMEWmEnglish, Biblical
From Βαρθολομαιος (Bartholomaios), which was the Greek form of an Aramaic name meaning "son of TALMAI". In the New Testament Bartholomew is the byname of an apostle, possibly the same person as the apostle Nathanael. According to tradition he was a missionary to India before returning westward to Armenia, where he was martyred by flaying. Due to the popularity of this saint the name became common in England during the Middle Ages.
Italian short form of BARTHOLOMEW.
BARTOLOMEJmSlovak, Croatian (Rare)
Slovak and Croatian form of BARTHOLOMEW.
BARTOLOMEUmPortuguese, Galician
Portuguese and Galician form of BARTHOLOMEW.
Catalan form of BARTHOLOMEW.
Polish form of BARTHOLOMEW.
BARUCHmBiblical, Hebrew
Means "blessed" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of a companion of the prophet Jeremiah, acting as his scribe and assistant. The deuterocanonical Book of Baruch was supposedly written by him. A famous bearer was Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677), a Dutch-Jewish rationalist philosopher.
Short form of SEBASTIAAN.
Means "lord of the woods" from Basque baso "woods" and jaun "lord". This is the name of a character in Basque folklore, the Old Man of the Woods.
Means "ear of wheat" in Turkish. This is also the Turkish name for the constellation Virgo.
BASANTmIndian, Hindi
Modern form of VASANTA.
BASEMATHfBiblical, Biblical Latin
Means "fragrance" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of a wife of Esau.
BASEMMATHfBiblical Greek
Form of BASEMATH and BASMATH used in the Greek Old Testament.
Diminutive of BATYAH.
From Albanian bashkë meaning "together".
BASIA (1)fPolish
Polish diminutive of BARBARA.
BASIA (2)fHebrew
Diminutive of BATYAH.
BASIL (1)mEnglish
From the Greek name Βασιλειος (Basileios) which was derived from βασιλευς (basileus) meaning "king". Saint Basil the Great was a 4th-century bishop of Caesarea and one of the fathers of the early Christian church. Due to him, the name (in various spellings) has come into general use in the Christian world, being especially popular among Eastern Christians. It was also borne by two Byzantine emperors.
BASIL (2)mArabic
Means "brave, valiant" in Arabic.
French form of BASIL (1).
BASILEIOSmAncient Greek
Ancient Greek form of BASIL (1).
BASILIOmItalian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of BASIL (1).
Means "smiling" in Arabic.
Feminine form of BASIM.
Means "wise" in Arabic. In Islamic tradition البصير (al-Basir) is one of the 99 names of Allah.
Feminine form of BASIR.
Means "one who enlarges" in Arabic.
Means "smile" in Arabic.
BASMATHfBiblical, Biblical Latin
Variant of BASEMATH. This was the name of a daughter of Solomon in the Old Testament.
Means "smiling" in Arabic.
Alternate transcription of Arabic باسم (see BASIM).
BASTfEgyptian Mythology
Possibly means "fire, heat" or "ointment jar" in Egyptian. In Egyptian mythology Bast was a goddess of cats, fertility and the sun who was considered a protector of Lower Egypt. She was often depicted with the head of a lioness or a house cat. As her role in the Egyptian pantheon diminished, she was called Bastet.
BASTETfEgyptian Mythology
Variant of BAST. This form of the name, a diminutive, was given to her after the similar goddess Sekhmet (protector of Upper Egypt) became more important.
Short form of SEBASTIAAN.
Short form of SEBASTIAN.
Short form of SÉBASTIEN.
Bengali form of VASU.
Diminutive of BATYAH.
Means "goddess" in Indonesian.
Means "strong joy" in Mongolian.
BATEmMedieval English
Medieval diminutive of BARTHOLOMEW.
Means "daughter of God" in Hebrew.
Means "strong jewel" in Mongolian.
Means "daughter of the oath" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of a woman married to Uriah the Hittite. King David seduced her and made her pregnant, so he arranged to have her husband killed in battle and then married her. She was the mother of Solomon.
BATRAZmOssetian, Caucasian Mythology
Possibly from Turkic bagatur meaning "hero, warrior, brave". This is the name of the leader of the superhuman Narts in Caucasian mythology.
Hebrew variant of BATHSHEBA.
Italian form of BAPTISTE.
Means "virgin" in Arabic. This is an Arabic epithet of the Virgin Mary.
Hebrew variant of BITHIAH.
Hebrew variant of BITHIAH.
From Baudelius, a Latinized form of a possibly Germanic name. Saint Baudelius was a 3rd-century saint and martyr from Orleans.
French form of BALDWIN.
BAUGULFmAncient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements bauga meaning "bend, flex" or "ring" and wulf meaning "wolf".
Spanish form of BAPTISTE.
From an occupational surname which meant "(female) baker" in Old English.
BAYANImFilipino, Tagalog
Means "hero" in Tagalog.
Derived from Old French baiart meaning "bay coloured". In medieval French poetry Bayard was a bay horse owned by Renaud de Montauban and his brothers. The horse could magically adjust its size to carry multiple riders.
Means "festival" in Turkish.
Short form of BEATRIX.
Variant of BERACH.
BEATmGerman (Swiss)
Swiss German form of BEATUS.
BEÁTAfHungarian, Czech, Slovak
Hungarian, Czech and Slovak form of BEATA.
BEATAfPolish, German, Swedish, Danish, Late Roman
Derived from Latin beatus meaning "blessed". This was the name of a few minor saints.
BEATEfGerman, Norwegian, Danish
German form of BEATA.
Feminine form of BEATHAN.
Derived from Scottish Gaelic beatha meaning "life".
French form of BEATRIX.
BEATRICEfItalian, English, Swedish
Italian form of BEATRIX. Beatrice Portinari (1266-1290) was the woman who was loved by the Italian poet Dante Alighieri. She serves as Dante's guide through paradise in his epic poem the 'Divine Comedy' (1321). This is also the name of a character in Shakespeare's comedy 'Much Ado About Nothing' (1599), in which Beatrice and Benedick are fooled into confessing their love for one another.
Latvian form of BEATRIX.
Catalan form of BEATRIX.
BEATRIXfGerman, Hungarian, Dutch, English, Late Roman
Probably from Viatrix, a feminine form of the Late Latin name Viator which meant "voyager, traveller". It was a common name amongst early Christians, and the spelling was altered by association with Latin beatus "blessed, happy". Viatrix or Beatrix was a 4th-century saint who was strangled to death during the persecutions of Diocletian.... [more]
BEATRIZfSpanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of BEATRIX.
Polish form of BEATRIX.
BEATUSmLate Roman
Masculine form of BEATA. According to legend, Saint Beatus was ordained a priest by Saint Peter and evangelized in Switzerland. Another saint by this name was an 8th-century Asturian theologian.
Means "beautiful" in French. It has been occasionally used as an American given name since the late 19th century. It appears in Margaret Mitchell's novel 'Gone with the Wind' (1936) as the name of Ashley and Melanie's son.
BEAUMONTmEnglish (Rare)
From a French surname meaning "beautiful mountain".
BEAUREGARDmEnglish (Rare)
From a French surname meaning "beautiful outlook".
BEAVISmPopular Culture
Variant of BEVIS. This name was used in the animated television program 'Beavis and Butthead'.
Modern spelling of BÉBINN.
BÉBINNfIrish, Irish Mythology
Means "fair lady" in Irish Gaelic. This name was borne by several characters in Irish mythology, including a goddess of childbirth.
Short form of REBECCA.
Short form of REBECCA.
Short form of REBECCA.
BECKETTmEnglish (Modern)
From an English surname which could be derived from various sources, including from Middle English beke meaning "beak" or bekke meaning "stream, brook".
Diminutive of REBECCA.
Modern form of the Old English name Baeda, possibly related to Old English bed "prayer". Saint Bede, called the Venerable Bede, was an 8th-century historian, scholar and Doctor of the Church.
Irish diminutive of BRIDGET.
Derived from Georgian ბედი (bedi) meaning "fate".
BEDIVEREmWelsh Mythology, Arthurian Romance
From the Welsh name Bedwyr, which is of unknown meaning. In Arthurian legends Bedivere was one of the original companions of King Arthur. He first appears in early Welsh tales, and his story was later expanded by Geoffrey of Monmouth in the 12th century. He is the one who throws the sword Excalibur into the lake at the request of the dying Arthur.
Czech form of FREDERICK.
Western Armenian transcription of PETROS.
Short form of BEATRIX and other names beginning with B.
BEELZEBOULmBiblical Greek
Form of Hebrew בַּעַל זְבוּב (Ba'al Zevuv) used in the Greek New Testament (see BEELZEBUB). The Greek form may represent a misspelling or it might be a pun based on Hebrew זֶבֶל (zevel) meaning "dung".
BEELZEBUBmBiblical, Biblical Latin
From Hebrew בַּעַל זְבוּב (Ba'al Zevuv) meaning "lord of flies", possibly intended as a mocking alteration of בַּעַל זבל (Ba'al Zevul) meaning "Ba'al of the exalted house", one of the Canaanite names for their god BA'AL.... [more]
Form of BEELZEBUB used in many modern translations of the New Testament.
From the archaic Albanian word behar meaning "summer".
Turkish form of BAHIYYA.
Means "reputable" (literally "good name") in Persian.
Turkish form of BAHRAM.
Means "fortunate" (literally "good day") in Persian.
Alternate transcription of Persian بهروز (see BEHROOZ).
Alternate transcription of Persian بهروز (see BEHROOZ).
Modern form of BÉBINN.
Diminutive of ISEABAIL.
Scottish form of BEATRICE.
BELmSemitic Mythology
Akkadian cognate of BA'AL. The Babylonians used it as a title of the god Marduk.
The meaning of this name is not known for certain. It could be derived from Hungarian bél meaning "guts, bowel" or Slavic бѣлъ (belu) meaning "white". This was the name of four Hungarian kings.
Derived from the old Slavic word белъ (belu) meaning "white".
Spanish form of Bethlehem, the name of the town in Judah where King David and Jesus were born. The town's name is from Hebrew בֵּית־לֶחֶם (Beit-lechem) meaning "house of bread".
BELENUSmCeltic Mythology
Probably from a Celtic word meaning "bright, brilliant". This was the name of a Gaulish solar god who was often equated with Apollo.
Means "clear" in Turkish.
BELImWelsh Mythology
Probably a Welsh derivative of BELENUS. Beli Mawr was a Welsh ancestor deity who established several royal lines in Wales.
BELIALmBiblical, Biblical Latin, Judeo-Christian Legend
Means "worthless" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this term is used to refer to various wicked people. In the New Testament, Paul uses it as a name for Satan. In later Christian tradition Belial became an evil angel associated with lawlessness and lust.
The meaning of this name is not known for certain. The first element could be related to Italian bella "beautiful". The second element could be Germanic lind meaning "flexible, soft, tender" (and by extension "snake, serpent"). This name first arose in the 17th century, and was subsequently used by Alexander Pope in his poem 'The Rape of the Lock' (1712).
Portuguese diminutive of ISABEL.
Short form of ISABELLA and other names ending in bella. It is also associated with the Italian word bella meaning "beautiful".
Means "female warrior" in Latin. This is the name of the star that marks the left shoulder of the constellation Orion.
Short form of ISABELLA or names ending in belle. It is also associated with the French word belle meaning "beautiful". A famous bearer was Belle Starr (1848-1889), an outlaw of the American west, whose real given name was Maybelle.
BELLONAfRoman Mythology
Derived from Latin bellare meaning "to fight". This was the name of the Roman goddess of war, a companion of Mars.
Combination of belle "beautiful" and the name PHOEBE. This name was first used by Edmund Spenser in his poem 'The Faerie Queene' (1590).
BELSHATZZARmBiblical Hebrew
Form of BELSHAZZAR found in the Hebrew Bible.
BELSHAZZARmBabylonian (Anglicized), Biblical
From בֵּלְשַׁאצַּר (Belshatzzar), the Hebrew form of the Akkadian name Bel-sharra-usur meaning "BEL protect the king". This was the name of the son of Nabonidus, the last king of the Babylonian Empire before it was conquered by the Persians in the 6th century BC. In the Old Testament Book of Daniel Belshazzar is the last king of Babylon who sees the mystical handwriting on the wall, which is interpreted by Daniel to portend the end of the empire.
BEN (1)mEnglish, German, Dutch
Short form of BENJAMIN or BENEDICT. A notable bearer was Ben Jonson (1572-1637), an English poet and playwright.
BEN (2)mDutch
Short form of BERNHARD and other Germanic names beginning with the element bern meaning "bear".
From the Hebrew name בְּנָיָהוּ (Benayahu) meaning "YAHWEH has built". This is the name of numerous Old Testament characters.