B names, Male, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes


Bryton is a variant spelling of Brighton, an English surname and place name. The second  element of the name comes from Old English tun (settlement, enclosure). The first element is a little tricky. It could be derived from Old English brycg (bridge) so the name could essentially mean "settlement by the bridge"; or from Old English beorht meaning "bright". The… Continue reading Bryton

B names, Earth, Elements, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names


Benton comes from an English surname, a locational surname meaning "town by the bent grass" made up from Old English beonet (bent grass) and tun (enclosure, settlement, town). Origin: Proto-Indo-European  

B names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes


Baldwin is an English male name meaning "bold friend" or "brave friend", made up from Proto-Germanic elements *balþaz (strong, bold) and *winiz (loved one, friend). Baldwin is also a surname derived from the given name. Nicknames: Baldo Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Baldovin (Ancient Germanic) Baudouin (French) Baldovino (Italian) Balduíno (Portuguese) Balduino (Spanish) Boudewijn (Dutch) Maldwyn (Welsh) Baldvin (Icelandic, Faroese) Balduinus… Continue reading Baldwin

B names, Hebrew, Kin/Family, Male, Nickname names, Virtues/Attributes


Bram is the shortened form of Abraham, is a Hebrew masculine name meaning “father of many” or “father of multitudes”, though it could also be a contraction of given name Abram meaning “high father” with hamon (many, multitude). Bram is also a surname derived from the given name, Origin: Hebrew Variants: Braam (Dutch, Limburgish)  

B names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes


Bennett is a Medieval English form of Benedict which comes from Late Latin benedictus meaning "blessed" made up from bene (good) and dicere (to say, speak) both of which derive from a PIE origin. Bennett is also an English surname derived from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Bennet (English) Benedict (English) Benedictus (Late Latin, Dutch) Benedikt (Czech, German, Russian, Icelandic) Benedykt… Continue reading Bennett

B names, Female, Hebrew, Nickname names, Virtues/Attributes


Bess is one of the many nicknames for Elizabeth, the English form of Hebrew ‘Elisheva meaning “my God is an oath” or “my God is abundance”. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Bessie (English) Betsy (English) Betty (English) Bettie (English) Bette (English) Betti (English) Beth (English) Buffy (English) Liddy (English) Libby (English)  

B names, Celtic, Female, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes


Brené is an English female name, a modern coinage which seems to be a combination of the letter B and René(e), the French form of Latin Renatus meaning "born again" or "reborn" which ultimately derives from a PIE root word, though it's also likely that it could be a combination of Briana and René(e); Briana is the feminine form of Brian, an Irish name of… Continue reading Brené

B names, Brown, Color, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names


Bruno is a male given name which derives from a Germanic source, either from Old High German brun meaning "brown" which derives from a PIE root word; or it comes from Proto-Germanic *brunjǭ meaning "breastplate; armor, protection". Bruno is an Italian and Portuguese word meaning "brown" as well as also being an Italian and Portuguese surname derived… Continue reading Bruno

B names, Female, Male, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes


Bellamy comes from a French surname meaning "fair/fine friend" or "handsome/beautiful friend" which comes from French beau/belle (handsome, fine attractive) via Latin bellus (beautiful, pretty, handsome) via PIE duenos/duonos(good) which is the diminutive of *dew- (to show favor, revere); and ami (friend) via Latin amicus (friend), a derivative of amare (to love) which could be derived from a PIE root word. It likely originated as a… Continue reading Bellamy

B names, Male, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names


Burke comes from an English surname meaning "fortress", originally a locational surname for someone who lived near a fortress. It comes from Old English burg via Proto-Germanic *burgz (fortification, stronghold) derived from PIE root word *bʰerǵʰ- (high, lofty; hill, mountain; to rise). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Burk (English)  

Aramaic, B names, Battle/War, Hebrew, Kin/Family, Male, Surname names


Bartholomew is the Greek form of an Aramaic name meaning "son of Talmai" made up from Aramaic bar (son) and Talmai, the latter either a Hebrew name meaning "furrow", either referring to a ploughman or someone who owned land; or it could be related to Ptolemy meaning “warlike, aggressive” which comes from Ancient Greek pólemos (war, battle) derived from a pre-Greek origin. Bartholomew… Continue reading Bartholomew

B names, Hebrew, Kin/Family, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes


Bartimaeus is the Latinized form of Greek Bartimaios meaning "son of Timaeus", made up from Hebrew bar (son) and personal name Timaeus, an Ancient Greek male name meaning "to honor" from Ancient Greek timao. Nicknames: Barty/Bartie, Bart Origin: Hebrew, Proto-Indo-European Variants: Bartimaios (Ancient Greek) Bartimée (French)  

Animals, B names, Birds, Elements, English, Irish, Male, Raven, Surname names, Water


Brennan comes from an Irish surname, the anglicized form of Ó Braonáin meaning "descendant of Braonán", the latter a diminutive of braon meaning "rain, moisture, drop". It could also be derived from Ó Branáin meaning "descendant of Branán", the latter a diminutive of bran meaning "raven". Origin: Proto-Indo-European  

B names, Battle/War, Female, Germanic mythology, Mythology, Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes


Brunhild is a variant spelling of Brünhild, an Ancient Germanic name meaning "armor, protection + battle" made up from Proto-Germanic *brunjǭ (breastplate) and Proto-Germanic *hildiz (battle, fight) derived from a PIE source. In Germanic mythology, Brunhild (also spelled Brynhildr) is a shieldmaiden and valkyrie. Origin: Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European Variants: Brünhild (German) Brunhilde (German, Ancient Germanic) Brunihild (Ancient Germanic) Brynhildr (Ancient Scandanavian, Norse mythology)… Continue reading Brunhild

B names, Female, Kin/Family, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names


Briar refers to a prickly plant or brush with thorns such as sweetbriar and greenbriar. The origin of the word comes from Old English brǣr meaning "briar, bramble" which may be derived from PIE *wert- (to twist, turn). Briar also refers to a pipe for smoking, made from the roots of that shrub. The origin of that word comes… Continue reading Briar

Ancient Greek, B names, Female, Greek, Greek mythology, Mythology


Briseis is the name of a character in the Iliad, who was captured by Greek forces and became Achilles's slave and concubine. Her real name was Hippodameia though she was known as Briseis because her father's name was Briseus, a sort of patronymic name giving her as the daughter of Briseus. When Agamemnon was forced to give up his own concubine Chryseis he demanded Briseis from Achilles, which caused Achilles to withdraw… Continue reading Briseis