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BELINHA f Portuguese
Portuguese diminutive of ISABEL.
BELLA f English
Short form of ISABELLA and other names ending in bella. It is also associated with the Italian word bella meaning "beautiful".
BELLATRIX f Astronomy
Means "female warrior" in Latin. This is the name of the star that marks the left shoulder of the constellation Orion.
BELLE f English
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.
BELLONA f Roman Mythology
Derived from Latin bellare meaning "to fight". This was the name of the Roman goddess of war, a companion of Mars.
BELPHOEBE f Literature
Combination of belle "beautiful" and the name PHOEBE. This name was first used by Edmund Spenser in his poem 'The Faerie Queene' (1590).
BELSHATZZAR m Biblical Hebrew
Form of BELSHAZZAR found in the Hebrew Bible.
BELSHAZZAR m Babylonian (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 the Persians conquered it 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) m English, German, Dutch
Short form of BENJAMIN or BENEDICT. A notable bearer was Ben Jonson (1572-1637), an English poet and playwright.
BEN (2) m Dutch
Short form of BERNHARD and other Germanic names beginning with the element bern meaning "bear".
BENAIAH m Biblical
From the Hebrew name בְּנָיָהוּ (Benayahu) meaning "YAHWEH has built". This is the name of numerous Old Testament characters.
BEÑAT m Basque
Basque form of BERNARD.
BENCE m Hungarian
Hungarian form of VINCENT. It is also used as a short form of BENEDEK.
BENDEGÚZ m Hungarian
Hungarian variant of the Turkic name Mundzuk, possibly from mončuq meaning "jewel, bead". This was the name of Attila the Hun's father.
BENDIK m Norwegian
Norwegian form of BENEDICT.
BENDIKS m Latvian
Latvian form of Benedictus (see BENEDICT).
BENDT m Danish
Variant of BENT (1).
BENEDEK m Hungarian
Hungarian form of Benedictus (see BENEDICT).
BENEDETTA f Italian
Italian feminine form of BENEDICT.
BENEDETTO m Italian
Italian form of Benedictus (see BENEDICT).
BENEDICT m English
From the Late Latin name Benedictus, which meant "blessed". Saint Benedict was an Italian monk who founded the Benedictines in the 6th century. After his time the name was common among Christians, being used by 16 popes. In England it did not come into use until the 12th century, at which point it became very popular. This name was also borne by the American general Benedict Arnold (1741-1801), who defected to Britain during the American Revolution.
BENEDICTA f Late Roman
Feminine form of Benedictus (see BENEDICT).
BÉNÉDICTE f French
French feminine form of BENEDICT.
BENEDICTE f Norwegian
Norwegian feminine form of BENEDICT.
BENEDICTUS m Late Roman, Dutch
Original Latin form of BENEDICT, as well as the modern Dutch form.
BENEDIKT m German, Russian, Icelandic, Czech
Form of Benedictus (see BENEDICT) in several languages.
BENEDIKTA f German (Rare)
German feminine form of BENEDICT.
BENEDIKTAS m Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of Benedictus (see BENEDICT).
BENEDIKTE f Danish, Norwegian
Danish and Norwegian feminine form of BENEDICT.
BENEDITA f Portuguese
Portuguese feminine form of BENEDICT.
BENEDITO m Portuguese
Portuguese form of Benedictus (see BENEDICT).
BENEDYKT m Polish
Polish form of Benedictus (see BENEDICT).
BENEDYKTA f Polish
Polish feminine form of BENEDICT.
BENESH m Yiddish (Rare)
Yiddish form of BENEDICT.
BENETT m Hungarian (Modern)
Hungarian form of BENNETT.
BENGT m Swedish
Swedish form of BENEDICT.
BENGTA f Swedish
Swedish feminine form of BENEDICT.
BENIAMIN m Romanian, Polish, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Romanian and Polish form of BENJAMIN, as well as the form used in the Greek and Latin Bibles.
BENIAMINO m Italian
Italian form of BENJAMIN.
BENIGNO m Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of the Late Latin name Benignus, which meant "kind, friendly". This was the name of several saints including a 5th-century disciple of Saint Patrick who later became the chief Bishop of Ireland.
BENIGNUS m Late Roman
Late Latin form of BENIGNO.
BENITA f Spanish
Feminine form of BENITO.
BENITO m Spanish, Italian
Spanish form of BENEDICT. This name was borne by Mexican president Benito Juárez, and also by Benito Mussolini (who was named after Juárez), the fascist dictator of Italy during World War II.
BENJ m English
Short form of BENJAMIN.
BENJAMIM m Portuguese
Portuguese form of BENJAMIN.
BENJÁMIN m Hungarian
Hungarian form of BENJAMIN.
BENJAMÍN m Spanish, Czech, Slovak, Icelandic
Spanish, Czech, Slovak and Icelandic form of BENJAMIN.
BENJAMIN m English, French, German, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Biblical
From the Hebrew name בִּנְיָמִין (Binyamin) meaning "son of the south" or "son of the right hand", from the roots בֵּן (ben) meaning "son" and יָמִין (yamin) meaning "right hand, south". Benjamin in the Old Testament is the twelfth and youngest son of Jacob and the founder of one of the southern tribes of the Hebrews. He was originally named בֶּן־אוֹנִי (Ben-'oni) meaning "son of my sorrow" by his mother Rachel, who died shortly after childbirth, but it was later changed by his father (see Genesis 35:18).... [more]
BENJAMINAS m Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of BENJAMIN.
BENJAMINE f French
French feminine form of BENJAMIN.
BENJI m English
Diminutive of BENJAMIN.
BENJY m English
Diminutive of BENJAMIN.
BENNETT m English
Medieval form of BENEDICT. This was the more common spelling in England until the 18th century. Modern use of the name is probably also influenced by the common surname Bennett, itself a derivative of the medieval name.
BENNIE m English
Diminutive of BENJAMIN or BENEDICT.
BENNO m German
Short form of German names containing the element bern "bear".
BENNY m English
Diminutive of BENJAMIN or BENEDICT.
BENOÎT m French
French form of BENEDICT.
BENOÎTE f French
French feminine form of BENEDICT.
BENSON m English
From a surname that originally meant "son of BENEDICT".
BENT (1) m Danish
Danish form of BENEDICT.
BENT (2) m Frisian
Frisian variant of BEN (2).
BENTE f Danish, Norwegian, Dutch
Danish feminine form of BENEDICT.
BENTHE f Danish, Dutch
Variant of BENTE.
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).
BEORHTRIC m Anglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English elements beorht "bright" and ric "power, rule".
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 Irish
Derived from Irish Gaelic biorach meaning "sharp". This was the name of a 6th-century Irish saint.
BERACHA f Hebrew
Alternate transcription of Hebrew בְּרָכָה (see BRACHA).
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".
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.
BERENGARIA f Ancient Germanic (Latinized)
Latinized feminine form of BERENGAR. This name was borne by a 13th-century queen of Castile.
BÉRENGER m French
French form of BERENGAR.
BÉRENGÈRE f French
French form of BERENGARIA.
BERENGUER m Catalan
Catalan form of BERENGAR.
BÉRÉNICE f French
French form of BERENICE.
BERENICE f English, Italian, Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of Βερενικη (Berenike), the Macedonian form of the Greek name Φερενικη (Pherenike), which meant "bringing victory" from φερω (phero) "to bring" and νικη (nike) "victory". This name was common among the Ptolemy ruling family of Egypt, a dynasty that was originally from Macedon. It occurs briefly in Acts in the New Testament (in most English Bibles it is spelled Bernice) belonging to a sister of King Herod Agrippa II. As an English name, Berenice came into use after the Protestant Reformation.
BERENIKE f Ancient Greek
Ancient Macedonian form of BERENICE.
BEREZI f Basque
Means "special" in Basque.
BERGLJÓT f Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of BERGLJOT.
BERGLJOT f Norwegian
From the Old Norse name Bergljót, which was composed of the elements berg "protection, help" and ljótr "light".
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".
BERJOUHI f Armenian
Alternate transcription of Armenian Պերճուհի (see PERCHUHI).
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 Various
From the name of the city in Germany, which is of uncertain meaning.
BERMET f Kyrgyz
Means "pearl" in Kyrgyz.
BERNA f Turkish
Means "young" in Turkish.
BERNABÉ m Spanish
Spanish form of BARNABAS.
BERNADETT f Hungarian
Hungarian form of BERNADETTE.
BERNADETTE f French, English
French feminine form of BERNARD. Saint Bernadette was a young woman from Lourdes in France who claimed to have seen visions of the Virgin Mary.
BERNADINE f English
Feminine form of BERNARD.
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).
BERNARDA f Slovene, Croatian, Spanish
Feminine form of BERNARD.
BERNARDETTA f Italian
Italian feminine form of BERNARD.
BERNARDINA f Italian
Italian feminine diminutive of BERNARDO.
BERNARDINE f French (Rare)
French feminine form of BERNARD.
BERNARDITA f Spanish
Spanish feminine form of BERNARD.
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.
BERNETTA f English
Diminutive of BERENICE.
BERNHARD m German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Ancient Germanic
German, Dutch and Scandinavian form of BERNARD.
BERNICE f English, Biblical, Biblical Latin
Contracted form of BERENICE. It occurs briefly in Acts in the New Testament belonging to a sister of King Herod Agrippa II.
BERNIE m & f English
Diminutive of BERNARD, BERNADETTE, BERNICE, and other names beginning with Bern.
BERNIECE f English
Variant of BERNICE.
BERNT m Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Scandinavian form of BERNARD.
BERNY m & f English
Variant of BERNIE.
BERRAK f Turkish
Means "clear" in Turkish.
BERRY (1) m English
Variant of BARRY.
BERRY (2) f English (Rare)
From the English word referring to the small fruit. It is ultimately derived from Old English berie. This name has only been in use since the 20th century.
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".
BERTA f Polish, Czech, Hungarian, German, Spanish, Catalan, Italian, Slovene
Form of BERTHA in several languages.
BERTALAN m Hungarian
Hungarian form of BARTHOLOMEW.
BERTHA f German, English, Ancient Germanic
Originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element beraht meaning "bright, famous". It was borne by the mother of Charlemagne in the 8th century, and it was popularized in England by the Normans. It died out as an English name after the Middle Ages, but was revived in the 19th century. The name also appears in southern Germanic legends (often spelled Perchta or Berchta) belonging to a goddess of animals and weaving.
BERTHE f French
French form of BERTHA.
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.
BERTILLE f French
French diminutive of BERTHA.
BERTILO m Ancient Germanic
Originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element beraht meaning "bright, famous".
BERTINA f English
Feminine form of BERT.
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 "white head" from the Welsh elements barr "head" and wyn "white".
BERYL f English
From the English word for the clear or pale green precious stone, ultimately deriving from Sanskrit. As a given name, it first came into use in the 19th century.
BESARION m Georgian
Georgian form of BESSARION.
BESNIK m Albanian
Means "faithful" in Albanian.
BESO m Georgian
Short form of BESARION.
BESS f English
Diminutive of ELIZABETH.
BESSARION m Late Greek
Meaning uncertain, possibly from Greek βησσα (bessa) "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.
BESSIE f English
Diminutive of ELIZABETH.
BESTE f Turkish
Means "melody" in Turkish.
BET f Frisian, Limburgish
Frisian and Limburgish short form of ELISABETH.
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).
BETH f English
Short form of ELIZABETH, or sometimes BETHANY.
BETHAN f Welsh
Welsh diminutive of ELIZABETH.
BETHÂNIA f Portuguese (Brazilian)
Portuguese variant form of BETHANY.
BETHANIA f Spanish (Latin American)
Spanish variant form of BETHANY.
BETHANIE f English
Variant of BETHANY.
BETHANY f English
From the name of a biblical town, Βηθανια (Bethania) in Greek, which is probably of Aramaic or Hebrew origin, possibly meaning "house of affliction" or "house of figs". In the New Testament the town of Bethany is the home of Lazarus and his sisters Mary and Martha. It has been in use as a rare given name in the English-speaking world since the 19th century, used primarily by Catholics in honour of Mary of Bethany. In America it became moderately common after the 1950s.
BETHARI f Indonesian, Javanese
Javanese form of BATARI.
BETHEL f English
From an Old Testament place name meaning "house of God" in Hebrew. This was a town north of Jerusalem, where Jacob saw his vision of the stairway. It is occasionally used as a given name.
BETHUEL m Biblical
Possibly means "God destroys" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of the father of Rebecca.
BETI f Macedonian
Macedonian diminutive of ELISAVETA.
BETJE f Dutch, Limburgish
Dutch and Limburgish diminutive of ELISABETH.
BETONY f English (Rare)
From the name of the minty medicinal herb.
BETRYS f Welsh
Welsh form of BEATRICE.
BETSY f English
Diminutive of ELIZABETH.
BETTE f English
Diminutive of ELIZABETH. A famous bearer was American actress Bette Davis (1908-1989).
BETTIE f English
Diminutive of ELIZABETH.
BETTINA f German, Italian
Diminutive of ELISABETH (German) or BENEDETTA or ELISABETTA (Italian).
BETTINO m Italian
Diminutive of BENEDETTO.
BETTY f English
Diminutive of ELIZABETH.
BETTYE f English
Variant of BETTY.
BETÜL f Turkish
Turkish form of BATUL.
BEULAH f Biblical, Biblical Hebrew, English
Means "married" in Hebrew. The name is used in the Old Testament to refer to the land of Israel (Isaiah 62:4). As an English given name, Beulah has been used since the Protestant Reformation.
BEV f English
Short form of BEVERLY.
BEVAN m Welsh
From a Welsh surname that was derived from ap Evan meaning "son of EVAN".
BEVERLEY f English
Variant of BEVERLY.
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).
BEVIN f Irish
Anglicized form of BÉBINN.
BEVIS m English (Rare)
From an English surname that is possibly derived from the name of the French town Beauvais.
BEYLE f Yiddish (Rare)
From a Slavic word meaning "white".
BEYLKE f Yiddish (Rare)
Diminutive of BEYLE. This is the name of a daughter of Tevye in late 19th-century Yiddish stories by Sholem Aleichem, on which the musical 'Fiddler on the Roof' was based.
BEYZA f Turkish
Means "very white" in Turkish.
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.
BHAVANA f Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Malayalam
Means "producing, manifesting" in Sanskrit.
BHAVNA f Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Malayalam
Alternate transcription of Hindi/Marathi भावना, Kannada ಭಾವನಾ or Malayalam ഭാവന (see BHAVANA).
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.
BHUMI f Hinduism
Means "earth, soil" in Sanskrit. This is the name of a Hindu earth goddess. She is the wife of Varaha, an avatar of Vishnu.
BIA f Portuguese
Diminutive of BEATRIZ.
BIAGINO m Italian
Diminutive of BIAGIO.
BIAGIO m Italian
Italian form of BLAISE.
BIANCA f Italian, Romanian
Italian cognate of BLANCHE. Shakespeare used characters named Bianca in 'Taming of the Shrew' (1593) and 'Othello' (1603).
BIANKA f German, Hungarian, Polish
German, Hungarian and Polish form of BIANCA.
BIBEK m Nepali, Bengali
Nepali and Bengali form of VIVEK.
BIBIANA f Italian, Spanish, Late Roman
Possibly an early variant of VIVIANA. Alternatively, it may be a feminine derivative of the earlier Roman cognomen VIBIANUS.
BIBIGUL f Kazakh
Means "nightingale" in Kazakh.
BÍBORKA f Hungarian
Derived from Hungarian bíbor meaning "purple".
BICE f Italian
Short form of BEATRICE.
BÍCH f Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (bích) meaning "bluish green".
BIDANE f Basque
Means "way" in Basque.
BIDDY f Irish, English
Diminutive of BRIDGET.
BIDELIA f Irish
Diminutive of BRIDGET.
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.
BIENVENIDA f Spanish
Derived from Spanish bienvenido meaning "welcome".
BIFF m English (Rare)
From a nickname that was based on the English word biff, which means "punch, hit, strike".
BIHOTZ f Basque
Means "heart" in Basque.
BİHTER f Turkish
Means "most good" in Turkish.
BIJAY m Bengali
Bengali form of VIJAYA.
BIJOU f Various
Means "jewel" in French.
BIJOY m Bengali
Alternate transcription of Bengali বিজয় (see BIJAY).
BIKENDI m Basque
Basque form of VINCENT.
BILA f Biblical Italian
Italian form of BILHAH.
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.
BILHA f Biblical German, Biblical French, Biblical Spanish, Biblical Dutch
German, French, Spanish and Dutch form of BILHAH.
BILHAH f Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "bashful" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of the handmaid given to Jacob by his wife Rachel. By him she was the mother of Dan and Naphtali.
BILJANA f Serbian, Macedonian, Croatian
Meaning uncertain, possibly derived from the South Slavic word биље (bilje) meaning "herb".
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.
BILYANA f Bulgarian
Bulgarian form of BILJANA.
BIMA m Indonesian
Indonesian form of BHIMA.
BINAY m Bengali
Bengali form of VINAY.
BINDY f English
Diminutive of BELINDA.
BINE (1) f Danish
Short form of JACOBINE.
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.
BIRDIE f English
Diminutive of BERTHA, BERNICE or other names with a similar sound, or sometimes simply from the English word bird.
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.
BIRGIT f Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, German
Scandinavian variant of BIRGITTA.
BIRGITTA f Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Finnish
Most likely a Scandinavian form of BRIDGET via the Latinized form Brigitta. Alternatively it could be a feminine derivative of BIRGER. This is the name of the patron saint of Europe, Birgitta of Sweden, the 14th-century founder of the Bridgettine nuns. Her father's name was Birger.
BIRGITTE f Danish, Norwegian
Danish form of BIRGITTA.
BIRITA f Faroese
Faroese form of BRIDGET.
BIRKIR m Icelandic
From Icelandic birki meaning "birch", specifically the downy birch (species Betula pubescens).
BIRTE f Danish
Danish diminutive of BIRGITTA.
BIRTHE f Danish
Danish diminutive of BIRGITTA.
BIRUTĖ f Lithuanian
Possibly from Lithuanian birti meaning "to scatter, to pour out" combined with a diminutive suffix. This name was borne by the mother of the 15th-century Grand Duke Vytautas of Lithuania.
BISERA f Bulgarian, Macedonian
Derived from the South Slavic word бисер (biser) "pearl" (ultimately of Arabic origin).
BISERKA f Croatian, Serbian
Croatian and Serbian form of BISERA.
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) "overseer".
BISTRA f Bulgarian, Macedonian
Means "clean, pure" in Bulgarian and Macedonian.
BITHIAH f Biblical
Means "daughter of YAHWEH" in Hebrew, from the roots בַּת (bat) meaning "daughter" and יָה (yah) referring to the Hebrew God. In the Old Testament this is the name of a daughter of Pharaoh. She is traditionally equated with the pharaoh's daughter who drew Moses from the Nile.
BITTOR m Basque
Basque form of VICTOR.
BITUIN f Filipino, Tagalog
Means "star" in Tagalog.
BITYAH f Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of BITHIAH.
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).
BJÖRG f Icelandic
Icelandic form of BJØRG.
BJØRG f Norwegian
Derived from Old Norse bjǫrg meaning "help, save, rescue".
BJǪRG f Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of BJØRG.
BJÖRK f Icelandic
Means "birch tree" in Icelandic.
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.