Brio

Brio is the name of a musical term, con brio (with vigor),  brio meaning “vigor, vivacity, liveliness”. The word comes from Spanish brío (vigor, mettle, zeal, verve) via Old Occitan briu (wild, vigor) from Proto-Celtic *brigos (might, power, strength) derived from a PIE root word. It’s also possible that brio originated as a shortened form of ebrius, a Latin word meaning “drunk, intoxicated”. Origin:…

Boann

Boann is the name of a goddess in Irish mythology, goddess of the River Boyne. Her name means “white cow” from Irish bó (cow) and fhionn (fair, white). She had an affair with the Dagda, an important god in Irish mythology, despite being married to Elcmar (also known by Nuada), and she became pregnant by him. In order to hide their…

Bora

Bora is a multi-cultural name with various meanings depending on the origin: it’s a Turkish male name meaning “storm, squall” which ultimately derives from Boreas, the Greek god of the north wind. Boreas means “north wind” which seems to be derived from an unknown origin, either from Proto-Slavic *gorà (mountain; hill; any mountainous elevation) or a PIE root…

Barclay

Barclay comes from a Scottish surname via a locational name for someone who came from a place called Barclay. The name itself comes from English Berkeley meaning “birch wood” or “birch clearing”, made up from Old English elements beorc (birch) and lēah (wood, clearing) Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Berkeley (English) Barkley (English)    

Bruce

Bruce comes from a Scottish surname of Norman origin, originally a locational name for someone who came from a town called Brix in Normandy, though that seems to be an uncertain theory. The origin of the name is uncertain. It could be derived from a Gaulish word; it could possibly mean “willow”, perhaps a locational name for…

Bertha

Bertha is a female given name originating as a short form names beginning with Germanic element beraht meaning “bright, famous”. Berchta (also spelled Perchta) is the name of a Germanic goddess. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Berta (German, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Spanish, Catalan, Italian, Slovene) Berhta (Ancient Germanic) Berthe (French) Bertille (French diminutive of Berthe) Bertina (English)   Male forms:…

Bethel

Bethel is the name of a town in the Old Testament, meaning “house of God” made up from Hebrew beth (house) and el (God), both of which derive from a Proto-Semitic origin. Bethel is also a Welsh surname, an anglicized form of ab Ithel meaning “son of Ithael”, Ithael coming from Old Welsh Iudhail meaning “bountiful lord”. Origin: Hebrew, Proto-Indo-European    

Bastien

Bastien is a French male name, a short for of Sébastien, the French form of Sebastian. It comes from Latin Sebastianus meaning “from Sebaste”, Sebaste being a city in Asia Minor (in what is now modern day Turkey). The name is derived from Ancient Greek sebastos meaning “venerable, august, exalted” (a Greek translation of Latin Augustus) via Ancient Greek sebázomai (to feel awe, revere) and…

Briley

Briley comes from an English surname, of uncertain origin, but perhaps a variant of Brierley meaning “briar clearing”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Brierley (English) Brierly (English) Briarley (English) Briarly (English)    

Brigham

Brigham comes from an English surname, originally a locational name for someone who came from a town called Brigham. It’s made up of Old English brycg (bridge) and hamm (enclosure; or referring to a low-lying meadow), essentially referring to a bridge that crossed an enclosure or meadow. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Briggam (English) Brigam (English)