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Belina

Belina was the name of a 12th century French saint who died protecting her virginity. It’s seems the name is a Gascon diminutive of Isabel, the medieval Occitan form of Elizabeth, the English form of Hebrew ‘Elisheva meaning “my God is an oath” or “my God is abundance”. Belina is also a Croatian, Slovene, and Serbian word meaning “whiteness”.

It’s also possible that Belina could be a variant form of Belinda, a name of uncertain meaning. Though the first part of the name is often associated with Italian bella (beautiful), the name has an older Germanic source, Betlindis, so it seems more likely that the first element is Germanic in origin. The  second part may be related to Germanic lind meaning “serpent, dragon, snake” or Germanic linde meaning “soft, tender” or “linden tree”, so the name would essentially mean “beautiful snake”, “beautiful serpent”, or “beautiful linden tree”.

Origin: Hebrew, Proto-Indo-European

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Variants:

  • Bellina (English)
  • Béline (French)

 

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