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BLANDINUSmAncient Roman
Roman cognomen which was a derivative of BLANDUS.
BLANDUSmAncient Roman
Roman cognomen which meant "charming" in Latin.
BLANIDfIrish
Anglicized form of BLÁTHNAT.
BLASmSpanish
Spanish form of BLAISE.
BLASIUSmAncient Roman
Original Latin form of BLAISE.
BLÁTHNATfIrish, Irish Mythology
Means "little flower" from the Irish word blath "flower" combined with a diminutive suffix. In Irish legend she was a maiden abducted and married by Cú Roí. She was rescued by Cúchulainn, who killed her husband, but she was in turn murdered by one of Cú Roí's loyal servants.
BLAŽmSlovene, Croatian
Slovene and Croatian form of BLAISE. It may also be derived from the Slavic element blagu meaning "sweet, pleasant, blessed".
BLAZEmEnglish (Modern)
Modern variant of BLAISE influenced by the English word blaze.
BŁAŻEJmPolish
Polish form of BLAISE.
BLAŽEJmCzech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak form of BLAISE.
BLAŽENKAfCroatian
Croatian feminine form of BLAŽ.
BLAZHmMedieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic name derived from the Slavic element blagu meaning "sweet, pleasant, blessed".
BLAZHEmMacedonian
Derived from the Slavic element blagu meaning "sweet, pleasant, blessed".
BLEDAmHistory
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.
BLEDDYNmWelsh
From Welsh blaidd "wolf" combined with a diminutive suffix. This was the name of an 11th-century king of Gwynedd and Powys.
BLEJANfCornish
Means "flower" in Cornish.
BLERTAfAlbanian
Derived from Albanian blertë meaning "green".
BLODEUWEDDfWelsh, Welsh Mythology
Means "face of flowers" in Welsh. In a story in the Mabinogion, she is created out of flowers by Gwydion to be the wife of his nephew Lleu Llaw Gyffes. She is eventually changed into an owl for her infidelity.
BLODEUYNfWelsh
Means "flower" in Welsh.
BLODWENfWelsh
Means "white flowers" from Welsh blodau "flowers" combined with gwen "white, fair, blessed".
BLONDIEfEnglish (Rare)
From a nickname for a person with blond hair. This is the name of the title character in a comic strip by Chic Young.
BLONGmHmong
Means "leaf" in Hmong.
BLOSSOMfEnglish
From the English word blossom, ultimately from Old English blóstm. It came into use as a rare given name in the 19th century.
BLUMAfYiddish
Means "flower" in Yiddish.
BLYTHEf & mEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which meant "cheerful" in Old English.
BO (1)mSwedish, Danish
From the Old Norse byname Búi which was derived from Old Norse bua meaning "to live".
BO (2)m & fChinese
From Chinese () meaning "wave", as well as other characters with a similar pronunciation.
BOADICEAfAncient Celtic (Latinized)
Medieval variant of BOUDICCA, possibly arising from a scribal error.
BOAVENTURAmPortuguese
Portuguese form of BONAVENTURA.
BOAZmBiblical, Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Means "swiftness" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of the man who marries Ruth.
BOBmEnglish, 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).
BOBBIfEnglish
Diminutive of ROBERTA or BARBARA.
BOBBIEf & mEnglish
Variant of BOBBY. As a feminine name it can be a diminutive of ROBERTA or BARBARA.
BOBBYmEnglish
Diminutive of BOB. Hockey greats Bobby Hull (1939-) and Bobby Orr (1948-) have borne this name.
BODAmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of BODE.
BODEmLow German
From the Germanic element bodo meaning "command, order".
BODILfSwedish, Norwegian, Danish
From the Old Norse name Bóthildr, derived from bót "remedy" and hildr "battle".
BOELEmDutch
Possibly a Dutch form of BALDO.
BOGDANmPolish, Russian, Slovene, Bulgarian, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, Romanian, Medieval Slavic
Means "given by God" from the Slavic elements bogu "god" and dan "given".
BOGHOSmArmenian
Western Armenian transcription of POGHOS.
BOGLÁRKAfHungarian
Means "buttercup" in Hungarian, derived from the archaic word boglár meaning "ornament".
BOGNAfPolish
Polish feminine form of BOGDAN.
BOGOMILmBulgarian, Macedonian
Bulgarian and Macedonian form of BOGUMIŁ.
BOGOMIRmSlovene
Slovene form of BOHUMÍR.
BOGUMILmMedieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic form of BOGUMIŁ.
BOGUMIŁmPolish
Means "favoured by God" from the Slavic elements bogu "god" and milu "gracious, dear".
BOGUMIŁAfPolish
Feminine form of BOGUMIŁ.
BOGUMIRmMedieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic form of BOHUMÍR.
BOGUSLAVmMedieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic form of BOGUSŁAW.
BOGUSŁAWmPolish
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.
BOGUSŁAWAfPolish
Feminine form of BOGUSŁAW.
BOHDANmCzech, Ukrainian
Czech and Ukrainian form of BOGDAN.
BOHUMILmCzech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak form of BOGUMIŁ.
BOHUMILAfCzech
Czech feminine form of BOGUMIŁ.
BOHUMÍRmCzech, Slovak
Derived from the Slavic element bogu "god" combined with meru "great, famous" or miru "peace, world".
BOHUSLAVmCzech, Slovak, Ukrainian
Czech, Slovak and Ukrainian form of BOGUSŁAW.
BOHUSLAVAfCzech, Ukrainian
Feminine form of BOHUSLAV.
BOIPELOm & fSouthern African, Tswana
Means "proud" in Tswana.
BOITUMELOf & mSouthern African, Tswana
Means "joy" in Tswana.
BOJANmSerbian, Croatian, Slovene, Macedonian
Derived from the Slavic element boji meaning "battle". This was the name of a 9th-century Bulgarian saint.
BOJIDARmBulgarian
Variant transcription of BOZHIDAR.
BOLANLEfWestern African, Yoruba
Means "finds wealth at home" in Yoruba.
BOLATmKazakh
From a Turkic word meaning "steel", ultimately from Persian.
BOLDIZSÁRmHungarian
Hungarian form of BALTHAZAR.
BOLEKmPolish
Diminutive of BOLESŁAW.
BOLESLAVmCzech, Russian, Medieval Slavic
Czech and Russian form of BOLESŁAW.
BOLESLAVAfCzech (Rare), Russian (Rare)
Czech and Russian feminine form of BOLESŁAW.
BOLESŁAWmPolish
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.
BOLÍVARmSpanish (Latin American)
From a surname which 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.
BOLORMAAfMongolian
Means "crystal mother" in Mongolian.
BONACCORSOmItalian (Rare)
From a medieval Italian name derived from bono "good" and accorso "haste, rush, help".
BONAVENTURAmItalian
Means "good fortune" in Italian. Saint Bonaventura was a 13th-century Franciscan monk who is considered a Doctor of the Church.
BONGANImSouthern African, Zulu
Means "grateful, thankful" in Zulu.
BONIFAASmDutch
Dutch form of Bonifatius (see BONIFACE).
BONIFÁCmCzech (Rare), Hungarian (Rare)
Czech and Hungarian form of Bonifatius (see BONIFACE).
BONIFACEmFrench, 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.
BONIFACIOmItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of Bonifatius (see BONIFACE).
BONIFACYmPolish
Polish form of Bonifatius (see BONIFACE).
BONIFAZmGerman (Rare)
German form of Bonifatius (see BONIFACE).
BONITAfEnglish
Means "pretty" in Spanish, ultimately from Latin bonus "good". It has been used as a name in the English-speaking world since the beginning of the 20th century.
BONITUSmLate Roman
Derived from a diminutive of Latin bonus meaning "good". This was the name of a 7th-century century saint, a bishop of Auvergne.
BONNIEfEnglish
Means "pretty" from the Scottish word bonnie, which was itself derived from Middle French bon "good". It has been in use as an American given name since the 19th century, and it became especially popular after the movie 'Gone with the Wind' (1939), in which it was the nickname of Scarlett's daughter.
BONOLOfSouthern African, Sotho
Means "ease" in Sotho.
BONTUfEastern African, Oromo
Means "proud" in Oromo.
BOOKERmEnglish
From an English occupational surname meaning "maker of books". A famous bearer was Booker T. Washington (1856-1915), an African-American leader.
BOOSmBiblical Greek
Form of BOAZ used in the Greek Old Testament.
BOOZmBiblical Latin
Form of BOAZ used in the Latin Old Testament.
BOPHAfKhmer
Means "flower" in Khmer, ultimately from Pali.
BORmSlovene
Short form of names containing bor, such as BORISLAV or BORIS. It is also a South Slavic word meaning "pine tree".
BORA (1)mTurkish
Means "storm, squall" in Turkish, ultimately related to Greek Βορεας (Boreas), the name of the god of the north wind.
BORA (2)fAlbanian
Derived from Albanian borë meaning "snow".
BORA (3)fKorean
Means "purple" in Korean.
BORANmTurkish
Means "thunderstorm" in Turkish.
BORBÁLAfHungarian
Hungarian variant of BARBARA.
BORGHILDfNorwegian, Norse Mythology
Derived from the Old Norse elements borg "fortification" and hildr "battle". In Norse mythology she was the wife of Sigmund.
BORGHILDURfIcelandic
Icelandic form of BORGHILD.
BORISmBulgarian, Russian, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian, 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.
BORISLAVmBulgarian, Serbian, Croatian, Slovene, Russian, Medieval Slavic
Derived from the Slavic element borti "battle" combined with slava "glory".
BORISUmMedieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic form of BORIS, probably ultimately of Turkic origin.
BORIVOImMedieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic form of BOŘIVOJ.
BOŘIVOJmCzech
Derived from the Slavic elements borti "battle" and voji "soldier". This name was borne by a 9th-century duke of Bohemia.
BORIVOJmSerbian, Croatian
Serbian and Croatian form of BOŘIVOJ.
BORIVOJEmSerbian
Serbian form of BOŘIVOJ.
BÖRJEmSwedish
Variant of BIRGER.
BORKOmCroatian, Serbian, Macedonian
Derived from the Slavic element borti meaning "fight, battle".
BORNAm & fCroatian
Derived from the Slavic element borti meaning "fight, battle".
BOROmCroatian, Serbian
Diminutive of BORISLAV or BORIS.
BORÓKAfHungarian
Means "juniper" in Hungarian.
BORUTmSlovene
Diminutive of BORIS.
BORYAmRussian
Diminutive of BORIS.
BORYSmPolish, Ukrainian
Polish and Ukrainian form of BORIS.
BOSEDEfWestern African, Yoruba
Means "born on Sunday" in Yoruba.
BOSMATfHebrew
Hebrew variant of BASEMATH.
BOSSEmSwedish
Swedish diminutive of BO (1).
BOŠTJANmSlovene
Short form of SEBASTJAN.
BOTONDmHungarian
Means "stick, mace" in Hungarian.
BOTROSmArabic, Coptic
Variant transcription of BUTRUS.
BOTUMfKhmer
Means "lotus" in Khmer.
BOUDEWIJNmDutch
Dutch form of BALDWIN.
BOUDICCAfAncient Celtic (Latinized)
Derived from Brythonic boud meaning "victory". This was the name of a 1st-century queen of the Iceni who led the Britons in revolt against the Romans. Eventually her forces were defeated and she committed suicide. Her name is first recorded in Roman histories, as Boudicca by Tacitus and Βουδουικα (Boudouika) by Cassius Dio.
BOULOSmArabic
Variant transcription of BULUS.
BOUTROSmArabic, Coptic
Variant transcription of BUTRUS.
BOYANmBulgarian
Bulgarian form of BOJAN.
BOYANAfBulgarian
Bulgarian form of BOJANA.
BOYCEmEnglish
From a surname which was derived from Old French bois "wood".
BOYDmScottish, English
From a Scottish surname which was possibly derived from the name of the island of Bute.
BOYKAfBulgarian
Feminine form of BOYKO.
BOYKOmBulgarian
Originally a diminutive of names containing the Slavic element boji meaning "battle".
BOŽAmSerbian
Diminutive of BOŽIDAR.
BOŽENAfCzech, Slovak, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian
Derived from the Slavic element bozy meaning "divine".
BOŻENAfPolish
Polish cognate of BOŽENA.
BOZHENAfMedieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic form of BOŽENA.
BOZHIDARmBulgarian, Macedonian, Medieval Slavic
Bulgarian and Macedonian form of BOŽIDAR.
BOZHIDARAfBulgarian
Bulgarian feminine form of BOŽIDAR.
BOZHOmMedieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic form of BOŽO.
BOŽICAfCroatian
Diminutive of BOŽENA. It also means "goddess" in Croatian.
BOŽIDARmSerbian, Croatian, Slovene
Means "divine gift" from the Slavic elements bozy "divine" and daru "gift".
BOŽIDARKAfSerbian
Feminine form of BOŽIDAR.
BOŽOmCroatian, Serbian, Slovene
Originally a diminutive of BOŽIDAR and other names beginning with the Slavic element bozy meaning "divine".
BÖZSIfHungarian
Diminutive of ERZSÉBET.
BOŻYDARmPolish
Polish cognate of BOŽIDAR.
BRAAMmDutch, Limburgish
Dutch and Limburgish short form of ABRAHAM.
BRACHAfHebrew
Means "blessing" in Hebrew.
BRADmEnglish
Short form of BRADLEY, BRADFORD, and other names beginning with Brad. A famous bearer is American actor Brad Pitt (1963-).
BRÁDACHmIrish
Possibly derived from a Gaelic word meaning "large-chested".
BRADÁNmAncient Irish
Derived from Irish Gaelic meaning "salmon".
BRADENmEnglish, Irish
From an Irish surname which was derived from Ó Bradáin meaning "descendant of BRADÁN".
BRADFORDmEnglish
From a surname which originally came from a place name that meant "broad ford" in Old English.
BRADLEYmEnglish
From a surname which 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).
BRADYmEnglish, Irish
From an Irish surname which was derived from Ó Brádaigh meaning "descendant of BRÁDACH".
BRAELYNfEnglish (Modern)
A recently created name, formed using the popular name suffix lyn.
BRAHIMmArabic (Maghrebi)
North African short form of IBRAHIM.
BRAHMAmHinduism
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.
BRAIDYm & fEnglish (Rare)
Variant of BRADY.
BRAISmGalician
Galician form of BLAISE.
BRAITHmEnglish (Australian)
Meaning uncertain, perhaps from Welsh brith, braith meaning "speckled".
BRAMmEnglish, Dutch
Short form of ABRAHAM. This name was borne by Bram Stoker (1847-1912), the Irish author who wrote 'Dracula'.
BRAN (1)mIrish, Irish Mythology
Means "raven" in Irish. In Irish legend Bran was a mariner who was involved in several adventures.
BRAN (2)mWelsh, 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.
BRANCAfPortuguese, Galician
Portuguese and Galician form of BLANCHE.
BRANDmEnglish (Rare)
From a surname, a variant of BRANT.
BRANDAfEnglish (Rare)
Perhaps a variant of BRANDY or a feminine form of BRAND.
BRANDEfEnglish
Variant of BRANDY.
BRANDIfEnglish
Variant of BRANDY.
BRANDOmAncient Germanic
Germanic name derived from the element brand meaning "sword".
BRANDONmEnglish
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "hill covered with broom" in Old English. It is sometimes also used as a variant of BRENDAN.
BRANDRmAncient Scandinavian
Old Norse byname meaning "sword" or "fire".
BRANDTmEnglish
From a surname, a variant of BRANT.
BRÂNDUȘAfRomanian
Means "crocus" in Romanian.
BRANDYfEnglish
From the English word brandy for the alcoholic drink. It is ultimately from Dutch brandewijn "burnt wine". It has been in use as a given name since the 1960s.
BRANIMIRmCroatian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Slovene
Derived from the Slavic element borna "protection" combined with miru meaning "peace, world".
BRANISLAVAfSerbian, Slovak, Czech, Slovene
Serbian, Slovak, Czech and Slovene feminine form of BRONISŁAW.
BRAŇKAfSlovak
Slovak diminutive of BRANISLAVA.
BRANKAfSerbian, Croatian, Slovene
Feminine form of BRANKO.
BRANKICAfCroatian, Serbian
Feminine diminutive of BRANKO.
BRANNONmEnglish
From an Irish surname derived from Mac Branain, which means "descendant of BRAN (1)".
BRANSONmEnglish (Modern)
From an English surname which meant "son of BRANDR".
BRANTmEnglish
From a surname which was derived from the Old Norse name BRANDR.
BRANTLEYmEnglish (Modern)
From a surname, an Americanized form of the German surname Brändle, ultimately from Old High German brant "fire".
BRANWENfWelsh, Welsh Mythology
Means "beautiful raven" from Welsh bran "raven" and gwen "fair, white, blessed". In the Mabinogion, a collection of tales from Welsh myth, she is the sister of the British king Bran and the wife of the Irish king Matholwch.
BRÁSmPortuguese
Portuguese form of BLAISE.
BRATISLAVmSerbian
Derived from the Slavic elements bratu "brother" and slava "glory".
BRATISLAVAfSerbian
Feminine form of BRATISLAV. This is the name of the capital city of Slovakia, though it is unrelated.
BRATOMILmMedieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic form of BRATUMIŁ.
BRATOSLAVmMedieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic form of BRATISLAV.
BRATUMIŁmPolish (Rare)
Derived from the Slavic elements bratu "brother" and milu "gracious, dear".
BRAVAfEsperanto
Means "valiant, brave" in Esperanto.
BRAXTONmEnglish
From a surname which was originally derived from an Old English place name meaning "Bracca's town".
BRAYLONmAfrican American (Modern)
An invented name, using the same sounds found in names such as Braden and Jalen.
BRÉANAINNmAncient Irish
Old Irish form of BRENDAN.
BREANDÁNmIrish
Irish Gaelic form of BRENDAN.
BREANNfEnglish (Modern)
Feminine form of BRIAN.
BREANNEfEnglish (Modern)
Feminine form of BRIAN.
BRECHTmDutch
Short form of names containing brecht, often derived from the Germanic element beraht meaning "bright".
BRECHTJEfDutch
Feminine form of BRECHT.
BREDA (1)fIrish
Anglicized form of BRÍD.
BREDA (2)fSlovene
Meaning unknown. It was used by the Slovene author Ivan Pregelj for the title character in his novel 'Mlada Breda' (1913).
BREEfIrish
Anglicized form of BRÍGH.
BREESHEYfManx
Manx form of BRIDGET.
BREINDELfYiddish
Means "brunette" in Yiddish.
BREIXOmGalician
Galician form of VERÍSSIMO.
BRENDAfEnglish
Possibly a feminine form of the Old Norse name Brandr, meaning "sword", which was brought to Britain in the Middle Ages. This name is sometimes used as a feminine form of BRENDAN.
BRENDANmIrish, English
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.
BRENDANUSmIrish (Latinized)
Latinized form of Bréanainn (see BRENDAN).
BRENNAfEnglish
Possibly a variant of BRENDA or a feminine form of BRENNAN.
BRENNANmIrish, 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).
BRENNUSmAncient 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.
BRENOmPortuguese
Portuguese form of BRENNUS.
BRENTmEnglish
From an English surname, originally taken from various place names, perhaps derived from a Celtic word meaning "hill".
BRENTONmEnglish
From a surname which was derived from an English place name which meant "Bryni's town". Bryni was Old English name meaning "fire".
BRETmEnglish
Variant of BRETT.
BRETTm & fEnglish
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-).
BRIALLENfWelsh
Derived from Welsh briallu meaning "primrose". This is a modern Welsh name.
BRIANmEnglish, 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.
BRIANAfEnglish
Feminine form of BRIAN. This name was used by Edmund Spenser in 'The Faerie Queene' (1590). The name was not commonly used until the 1970s, when it rapidly became popular in the United States.
BRIANNEfEnglish (Modern)
Feminine form of BRIAN.
BRIARm & fEnglish (Modern)
From the English word for the thorny plant.
BRICEmFrench, 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.
BRICIUSmAncient Celtic (Latinized)
Latin form of BRICE, probably ultimately of Gaulish origin.
BRÍDfIrish
Modern form of BRIGHID.
BRIDEfIrish
Anglicized form of BRÍD.
BRIDGERmEnglish (Modern)
From an English surname which originally indicated a person who lived near or worked on a bridge.
BRIDGETfIrish, English, Irish Mythology
Anglicized form of the Irish name Brighid which means "exalted one". In Irish mythology this was the name of the goddess of fire, poetry and wisdom, the daughter of the god Dagda. In the 5th century it was borne by Saint Brigid, the founder of a monastery at Kildare and a patron saint of Ireland. Because of the saint, the name was considered sacred in Ireland, and it did not come into general use there until the 17th century. In the form Birgitta this name has been common in Scandinavia, made popular by the 14th-century Saint Birgitta of Sweden, patron saint of Europe.
BRIDIEfIrish
Anglicized diminutive of BRÍD.
BRIELLEfEnglish (Modern)
Short form of GABRIELLE. This is also the name of towns in the Netherlands and New Jersey, though their names derive from a different source.
BRÍGHfIrish
Derived from Irish brígh meaning "power, high".
BRIGHAMmEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which was originally derived from place names meaning "bridge settlement" in Old English.
BRÍGIDAfPortuguese, Spanish
Portuguese and Spanish form of BRIDGET.
BRIGIDAfItalian
Italian form of BRIDGET.
BRIGITfIrish Mythology
Old Irish form of BRIDGET.
BRIGITAfSlovene, Croatian, Latvian
Slovene, Croatian and Latvian form of BRIDGET.
BRIGITTAfGerman, Dutch, Hungarian
German, Dutch and Hungarian form of BRIDGET.
BRIGITTEfGerman, French
German and French form of BRIDGET.
BRIJESHAmHinduism
Means "ruler of Brij" in Sanskrit. This is another name of the Hindu god Krishna, Brij being a region associated with him.
BRINmWelsh
Variant of BRYN.
BRIONmEnglish
Variant of BRIAN.
BRISCOEmEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "birch wood" in Old Norse.
BRISEIDAfLiterature
Form of BRISEIS used in medieval tales about the Trojan War.
BRISEISfGreek Mythology
Patronymic derived from Βρισευς (Briseus), a Greek name of unknown meaning. In Greek mythology Briseis (real name Hippodameia) was the daughter of Briseus. She was captured during the Trojan War by Achilles. After Agamemnon took her away from him, Achilles refused to fight in the war.
BRÎSKAfKurdish
Means "glitter" in Kurdish.
BRISTOLfEnglish (Modern)
From the name of the city in southwest England which means "the site of the bridge".
BRITfNorwegian
Norwegian short form of BIRGITTA.
BRITANNIAfEnglish (Rare)
From the Latin name of the island of Britain, in occasional use as an English given name since the 18th century. This is also the name of the Roman female personification of Britain pictured on some British coins.
BRITTfSwedish, Norwegian, Danish
Scandinavian short form of BIRGITTA.
BRITTAfSwedish, Norwegian, Danish
Scandinavian short form of BIRGITTA.
BRITTANYfEnglish
From the name of the region in the northwest of France, called in French Bretagne. It was named for the Britons who settled there after the fall of the Western Roman Empire and the invasions of the Anglo-Saxons. As a given name, it first came into common use in America in the 1970s.
BRITTONmEnglish
Derived from a Middle English surname meaning "a Briton" (a Celt of England) or "a Breton" (an inhabitant of Brittany).
BROCKmEnglish
From a surname which was derived from Old English brocc meaning "badger".
BRODYmEnglish
From a surname which was originally derived from a place in Moray, Scotland. It probably means "ditch, mire" in Gaelic.
BROENmLimburgish
Limburgish form of BRUNO.
BROGANm & fIrish
Derived from Gaelic bróg "shoe" combined with a diminutive suffix. This was the name of several Irish saints, including Saint Patrick's scribe.
BRONfWelsh
Short form of BRONWEN.
BRÓNACHfIrish
Derived from Irish Gaelic brón meaning "sorrow". Saint Brónach was a 6th-century mystic from Ireland.
BRONAGHfIrish
Anglicized form of BRÓNACH.
BRONISLAVAfCzech, Slovak, Russian
Czech, Slovak and Russian feminine form of BRONISŁAW.
BRONISŁAWmPolish
Derived from the Slavic elements borna "protection" and slava "glory". A famous Polish anthropologist, Bronisław Malinowski (1884-1942), has borne this name.
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