Names Starting with B

gender
usage
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 βίος (bios) meaning "life".
Bipin m Indian, Marathi, Hindi
Variant of Vipin.
Birdie f English
Diminutive of Bertha, Bernice and 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 Old Norse, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of Birger.
Birgit f Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Estonian, 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).
Birta f Icelandic
Icelandic diminutive of Birgitta.
Birte f Danish
Danish diminutive of Birgitta.
Birthe f Danish
Danish diminutive of Birgitta.
Birûsk m Kurdish
Means "lightning" in Kurdish.
Biruta f Latvian
Latvian form of Birutė.
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) meaning "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 ἐπίσκοπος (episkopos) meaning "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 Danish, Norwegian, Swedish
Modern form of Bjarni.
Bjarni m Old Norse, 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 Old Norse
Old Norse form of Bjarte.
Bjartur m Icelandic
Icelandic form of Bjartr (see Bjarte).
Bjoern m German (Rare)
German variant of Björn. The Scandinavian names Björn and Bjørn are occasionally written with the digraph oe.
Björg f Icelandic
Icelandic form of Bjørg.
Bjørg f Norwegian
Derived from Old Norse bjǫrg meaning "help, save, rescue".
Bjǫrg f Old Norse
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 Old Norse
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.
Bláán m Old Irish
From Old Irish blá meaning "yellow" combined with a diminutive suffix. This was the name of 6th-century Irish saint, a bishop of Kingarth on the Isle of Bute in Scotland.
Blaanid f Manx
Manx form of Bláthnat.
Blaga f Bulgarian
Feminine form of Blagoy.
Blagica f Macedonian
Derived from South Slavic благ (blag) meaning "sweet, pleasant, good".
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.
Blagorodna f Macedonian, Bulgarian
Means "noble" in Macedonian and Bulgarian.
Blagovest m Bulgarian
Derived from the Slavic elements благ (blag) meaning "sweet, pleasant, good" and вест (vest) meaning "message, news".
Blagovesta f Bulgarian
Feminine form of Blagovest.
Blagoy m Bulgarian
Derived from South Slavic благ (blag) meaning "sweet, pleasant, good".
Blagun m Macedonian, Bulgarian (Rare)
Derived from South Slavic благ (blag) meaning "sweet, pleasant, good".
Blahoslav m Czech
Derived from the Slavic elements blag meaning "sweet, pleasant, good" and slava meaning "glory".
Blai m Catalan
Catalan form of Blasius (see Blaise).
Blaine m English
From a Scottish surname that was derived from the Old Irish given name Bláán.
Blair m & f Scottish, English
From a Scottish surname that was derived from Gaelic blàr meaning "plain, field, battlefield". In Scotland this name is typically masculine.... [more]
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).
Bláithín f Irish, Irish Mythology
Modern Irish form of Bláthíne.
Blake m & f English
From an English 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). It was originally a mainly masculine name but in 2007 actress Blake Lively (1987-) began starring in the television series Gossip Girl, after which time it increased in popularity for girls.
Blakely f English (Modern)
From an English surname that was derived from Old English blæc "black" and leah "woodland clearing".
Blanca f Spanish, Catalan
Spanish and Catalan cognate of Blanche.
Blanch f English
Variant of Blanche.
Blanchard m Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements blanc meaning "white" and hard meaning "brave, hardy".
Blanche f French, English
From a medieval French nickname meaning "white, fair". This name and its cognates in other languages are ultimately derived from the Germanic word blanc. An early bearer was the 12th-century Blanca of Navarre, the wife of Sancho III of Castile. Her granddaughter of the same name married Louis VIII of France, with the result that the name became more common in France.
Blandine f French
French form of the Roman name Blandina, which was the feminine form of Blandinus, which was itself a derivative of the cognomen Blandus. Saint Blandina was a 2nd-century slave from Lyons who was martyred by being thrown to wild beasts.
Blandinus m Ancient Roman
Roman cognomen that was a derivative of Blandus.
Blandus m Ancient Roman
Roman cognomen meaning "charming" in Latin.
Blanid f Irish
Anglicized form of Bláthnat.
Blanka f Czech, Slovak, Polish, Hungarian, Croatian, Slovene
Form of Blanche in several languages.
Blas m Spanish
Spanish form of Blaise.
Blasius m Ancient Roman
Original Latin form of Blaise.
Bláthíne f Irish Mythology
Variant of Bláthnat using a different diminutive suffix, used in some versions of the legend.
Bláthnaid f Irish, Irish Mythology
Modern Irish form of Bláthnat.
Bláthnat f Irish Mythology
Means "little flower" from Irish bláth "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 was in turn murdered by one of Cú Roí's loyal servants.
Blaž m Slovene, Croatian
Slovene and Croatian form of Blaise. It is also associated with South Slavic blag meaning "sweet, pleasant, good".
Blaže m Macedonian
Derived from South Slavic благ (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.
Blažena f Czech, Slovak
Derived from Czech and Slovak blažený meaning "blissful, happy".
Blaženka f Croatian
Croatian feminine form of Blaž.
Blaženko m Croatian
Diminutive of Blaž.
Blazh m Medieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic name derived from Slavic blagu meaning "good, blessed, happy".
Blazhe m Macedonian
Alternate transcription of Macedonian Блаже (see Blaže).
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.
Blejan f Cornish
Means "flower" in Cornish.
Blerta f Albanian
Derived from Albanian blertë meaning "green".
Blessing m & f English (African)
From the English word blessing, of Old English origin. This name is most common in Nigeria, Zimbabwe and other parts of Africa.
Blodeuedd f Welsh Mythology
Means "flowers" in Welsh. This was the original name of Blodeuwedd.
Blodeuwedd f Welsh Mythology
Means "face of flowers" in Welsh. According to the Fourth Branch of the Mabinogi, she was created out of flowers by Gwydion to be the wife of his nephew Lleu Llaw Gyffes. Originally she was named Blodeuedd meaning simply "flowers". She was eventually transformed into an owl by Gwydion after she and her lover Gronw attempted to murder Lleu, at which point he renamed her Blodeuwedd.
Blodeuyn f Welsh (Rare)
Means "flower" in Welsh.
Blodwen f Welsh
Means "white flowers" from Welsh blodau "flowers" combined with gwen "white, fair, blessed". This is the name of an 1878 Welsh opera by Joseph Parry.
Blondie f English (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.
Blong m Hmong
Means "leaf" in Hmong.
Blossom f English
From the English word blossom, ultimately from Old English blóstm. It came into use as a rare given name in the 19th century.
Blue m & f English (Rare)
From the English word for the colour, derived via Norman French from a Frankish word (replacing the native Old English cognate blaw). Despite the fact that this name was used by the American musicians Beyoncé and Jay-Z in 2012 for their first daughter, it has not come into general use in the United States.
Bluma f Yiddish
From Yiddish בלום (blum) meaning "flower".
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.
Boadicea f Brythonic (Latinized)
Medieval variant of Boudicca, possibly arising from a scribal error.
Boann f Irish Mythology
Possibly from Old Irish "cow" and finn "white, fair". In Irish mythology this was the name of the goddess of the River Boyne, which is named for her. She was the wife of Nechtan and the father of Aonghus (by Dagda).
Boaventura m Portuguese
Portuguese form of Bonaventura.
Boaz m Biblical, Hebrew, Dutch, 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.
Bobbi f English
Diminutive of Roberta or Barbara.
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).
Bodil f Danish, Norwegian, Swedish
From the Old Norse name Bóthildr, derived from bót "remedy" and hildr "battle".
Boele m Dutch (Rare)
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.
Boglárka f Hungarian
Means "buttercup flower" in Hungarian (genus Ranunculus), derived from the archaic word boglár meaning "ornament".
Bogna f Polish
Polish diminutive of Bogdana and other names beginning with Bog.
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".
Bogumiła f Polish
Feminine form of Bogumił.
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.
Bogusława f Polish
Feminine form of Bogusław.
Bohdan m Czech, Slovak, Ukrainian, Polish
Czech, Slovak and Ukrainian form of Bogdan, as well as a Polish variant.
Bohdana f Czech, Slovak, Ukrainian
Czech, Slovak and Ukrainian feminine form of Bogdan.
Bohort m Arthurian Romance
French form of Bors.
Bohumil m Czech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak form of Bogumił.
Bohumila f Czech
Czech feminine 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.
Bohuslava f Czech, Ukrainian
Feminine form of Bohuslav.
Bóinn f Irish Mythology
Modern Irish form of Boann.
Boipelo m & f Southern African, Tswana
Means "joy, rejoicing" in Tswana, from ipela meaning "to rejoice".
Boitumelo f & m Southern African, Tswana
Means "joy" in Tswana, from itumela meaning "to be happy".
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).
Bolanle f Western African, Yoruba
Means "find wealth at home" in Yoruba.
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.
Boleslava f Czech (Rare), Russian (Rare)
Czech and Russian feminine 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.
Bolormaa f Mongolian
Means "crystal woman" in Mongolian.
Bolortsetseg f Mongolian
Means "crystal flower" in Mongolian.
Bomilcar m Phoenician (Latinized)
From the Punic name 𐤁𐤃𐤌𐤋𐤒𐤓𐤕 (Bodmilqart), from Phoenician 𐤁𐤃 (bod) meaning "on behalf of" or perhaps from 𐤏𐤁𐤃 (ʿabd) meaning "servant, slave" combined with the name of the god Melqart. This name was borne by a few figures from Carthaginian history.
Bonaccorso m Italian (Rare)
From a medieval Italian name derived from bono "good" and accorso "haste, rush, help".
Bonaventura m Italian, Catalan
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 (Rare)
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 (Rare)
Portuguese form of Bonifatius (see Boniface).
Bonifacio m Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of Bonifatius (see Boniface).
Bonifacy m Polish (Rare)
Polish form of Bonifatius (see Boniface).
Bonifaz m German (Rare)
German form of Bonifatius (see Boniface).
Bonita f English
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.
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.
Bonnie f English
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.
Bonolo f Southern African, Sotho
Means "ease" in Sotho.
Bontu f Eastern African, Oromo
Means "proud" in Oromo.
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.
Boone m English
From an English surname that was either derived from Old French bon meaning "good" or from the name of the town of Bohon, France.
Boos m Biblical Greek
Form of Boaz used in some versions of the Greek Bible.
Booz m Biblical Greek, Biblical Latin
Form of Boaz used in the Greek and Latin Bibles.
Bopha f Khmer
From Pali puppha meaning "flower", written as បុប្ផ (bop) in Khmer, from Sanskrit पुष्प (pushpa).
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 Βορέας (Boreas), the name of the god of the north wind.
Bora 2 f Albanian
Derived from Albanian borë meaning "snow".
Bora 3 f Korean
Means "purple" in Korean.
Boran m Turkish
Means "thunderstorm" in Turkish.
Borbála f Hungarian
Hungarian form of Barbara.
Boreas m Greek Mythology
Means "north wind" in Greek. Boreas was the Greek god of the north wind.
Bořek m Czech
Diminutive of Bořivoj, now used independently.
Borghild f Norwegian, Norse Mythology
Derived from the Old Norse elements borg "fortification" and hildr "battle". In the Norse Völsungasaga she was the wife of Sigmund.
Borghildur f Icelandic
Icelandic form of Borghild.
Boris m Bulgarian, Russian, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian, Czech, Slovak, Georgian, German, French
From a Bulgar Turkic name, also recorded as Bogoris, perhaps meaning "short" or "wolf" or "snow leopard". It was borne by the 9th-century Boris I of Bulgaria who converted his realm to Christianity and is thus regarded as a saint in the Orthodox Church. To the north in Kievan Rus it was the name of another saint, a son of Vladimir the Great who was murdered with his brother Gleb in the 11th century. His mother may have been Bulgarian.... [more]
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 Bulgar 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.
Boróka f Hungarian
Hungarian diminutive of Borbála. It also means "juniper" in Hungarian.
Bors m Arthurian Romance
From French Bohort, probably from Old French behort or bohort meaning "jousting" or "jousting lance". First appearing in the 13th-century Lancelot-Grail Cycle, Bors was one of Arthur's knights who quested for the Holy Grail. His father, the king of Gaunnes, was also named Bors.
Borut m Slovene
Diminutive of Boris.
Borya m Russian
Diminutive of Boris.
Borys m Polish, Ukrainian
Polish and Ukrainian form of Boris.
Bosmat f Hebrew
Hebrew variant of Basemath.
Bosse m Swedish
Swedish diminutive of Bo 1.
Boštjan m Slovene
Short form of Sebastjan.
Bóthildr f Old Norse
Old Norse form of Bodil.
Botond m Hungarian
Means "stick, mace" in Hungarian.
Botros m Arabic, Coptic
Alternate transcription of Arabic بطرس (see Butrus).
Botum f & m Khmer
From Pali paduma meaning "lotus", from Sanskrit पद्म (padma).
Boudewijn m Dutch
Dutch form of Baldwin.
Boudicca f Brythonic (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 Βουδουῖκα (Boudouika) by Cassius Dio.
Boulos m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic بولس (see Bulus).
Bounmy m & f Lao
Means "happy", from Lao ບຸນ (boun) meaning "happiness, prosperity, goodness" combined with ມີ (mi) meaning "to have".
Boutros m Arabic, Coptic
Alternate transcription of Arabic بطرس (see Butrus).
Bowen m English (Modern)
From a Welsh surname, derived from ap Owain meaning "son of Owain".
Bowie m English (Modern), Dutch (Modern)
From a Scottish surname, derived from Gaelic buidhe meaning "yellow". It has been used as a given name in honour of the British musician David Bowie (1947-2016), born David Robert Jones, who took his stage name from the American pioneer James Bowie (1796-1836).
Boyan m Bulgarian
Bulgarian form of Bojan.
Boyana f Bulgarian
Bulgarian form of Bojana.
Boyce m English
From an English surname that was derived from Old French bois "wood".
Boyd m English
From a Scottish surname that was possibly derived from the name of the island of Bute (Bód in Gaelic).
Boyka f Bulgarian
Feminine form of Boyko.
Boyko m Bulgarian
Originally a diminutive of names containing the Slavic element boji meaning "battle".
Boža m Serbian
Diminutive of Božidar.
Božena f Czech, Slovak, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian
Derived from the Slavic element bozy meaning "divine".
Bożena f Polish
Polish cognate of Božena.
Bozhena f Medieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic form of Božena.
Bozhidar m Bulgarian, Macedonian, Medieval Slavic
Bulgarian form of Božidar, as well as an alternate transcription for Macedonian.
Bozhidara f Bulgarian
Bulgarian feminine form of Božidar.
Bozho m Medieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic form of Božo.
Božica f Croatian
Diminutive of Božena. It also means "goddess" in Croatian.
Božidar m Serbian, Croatian, Slovene, Macedonian, Sorbian
Means "divine gift" from the Slavic elements bozy "divine" and daru "gift". It is a Slavic translation of Theodore.
Božidarka f Serbian
Feminine form of Božidar.
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.
Bracha f Hebrew
Means "blessing" in Hebrew.
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 Medieval Irish
Irish byname, possibly derived from bradach meaning "thieving, roguish, spirited".
Bradamante f Literature
Used by Matteo Maria Boiardo for a female knight in his epic poem Orlando Innamorato (1483). He possibly intended it to derive from Italian brado "wild, untamed, natural" and amante "loving" or perhaps Latin amantis "lover, sweetheart, mistress", referring to her love for the Saracen Ruggiero. Bradamante also appears in Ludovico Ariosto's poem Orlando Furioso (1532) and Handel's opera Alcina (1735).
Bradán m Medieval Irish
Means "salmon" in Irish. It could also be formed from Irish brad "thief" and a diminutive suffix.
Braden m English
From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Ó Bradáin, which was in turn derived from the byname Bradán. Like other similar-sounding names such as Hayden and Aidan, it and its variant Brayden became popular in America at the end of the 20th century.
Bradford m English
From an English surname that originally came from a place name that meant "broad ford" in Old English.
Bradley m English
From an English 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
From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Ó Brádaigh, itself derived from the byname Brádach. A famous bearer of the surname is American football quarterback Tom Brady (1977-). It was also borne by a fictional family on the television series The Brady Bunch (1969-1974).
Braelyn f English (Modern)
A recently created name, formed using the popular name suffix lyn.
Brage m Norse Mythology, Norwegian
Modern Scandinavian form of Bragi.
Bragi m Norse Mythology, Icelandic
Derived 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, Rare)
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.
Brân m Welsh Mythology
Means "raven" in Welsh. According to the Second Branch of the Mabinogi, Brân the Blessed (called Bendigeidfran) was a giant king of Britain. He was the son of the divine figure Llŷr. After his sister Branwen was mistreated by her husband the Irish king Matholwch, Brân led an attack on Ireland (the text says that he was so big he was able to wade there). Although victorious, the British lost all except seven men with Brân being mortally wounded by a poisoned spear. He asked the survivors to cut of his head and return with it to Britain. The head continued to speak for many years until it was buried in London.
Bran 1 m Irish, Irish Mythology, Old Irish
Means "raven" in Irish. In Irish legend Bran mac Febail was a mariner who was involved in several adventures on his quest to find the Otherworld.
Bran 2 m Welsh Mythology
Unaccented variant of Brân. This is also the Middle Welsh form.
Branca f Portuguese, Galician
Portuguese and Galician form of Blanche.
Brand m English (Rare)
From a surname, a variant of Brant.
Branda f English (Rare)
Perhaps a variant of Brandy or a feminine form of Brand.
Brande f English
Variant of Brandy.
Brandee f English
Variant of Brandy.
Branden m English
Variant of Brandon.
Brandi f English
Variant of Brandy.
Brandie f English
Variant of Brandy.
Brando m Ancient Germanic
Germanic name derived from the element brand meaning "sword".
Brandon m English
From an English surname that was derived from a place name meaning "hill covered with broom" in Old English.... [more]
Brandr m Old Norse
Old Norse byname meaning "sword" or "fire".
Brandt m English
From a surname, a variant of Brant.
Brândușa f Romanian
Means "crocus" in Romanian.
Brandy f English
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.
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.