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

Burton

Burton comes from an English surname derived from a place name meaning "fort settlement", "fortified enclosure", or "settlement by the fort", made up from Old English burh (stronghold, fort, castle) and tun (settlement, enclosure), both of which derive from PIE root words. Origin: Proto-Indo-European  

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

Bartholomew

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

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

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

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

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

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

B names, Elements, Fire, Male, Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Bayle

Bayle is a French and English surname, a topographical name for someone who lived by the outer wall of a castle; the name comes from Bailey, an occupational name for a bailiff. It could also be a variant spelling of Bale, an English word referring to a large bundle that has been compressed and wrapped for shipping (ex. a… Continue reading Bayle

B names, Battle/War, Female, Hebrew, Nickname names, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Bella

Bella is often used as a short form of Isabella, the Latinate and Italian form 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”. Bella is also the Italian and Spanish word for "beautiful" which derives from Latin bellus meaning “beautiful, pretty, handsome” via PIE duenos/duonos (good), the diminutive of *dew- (to… Continue reading Bella

B names, Battle/War, Female, Hebrew, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Belissa

Belissa is an English female given name, perhaps an elaborated form of Belle or Bella perhaps influenced by the spelling of Melissa; both mean "beautiful" in French and Italian respectively, both deriving from Latin bellus meaning “beautiful, pretty, handsome” via PIE duenos/duonos (good), the diminutive of *dew- (to show favor, revere). However, Bella is also the feminine form of bellum meaning "war; battle, combat" from Latin duellum (war) derived from Proto-Indo-European… Continue reading Belissa

B names, Bright/Clear, Celtic, Female, Gaulish/Celtic mythology, Mythology, Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European, Seasons, Virtues/Attributes

Belisama

Belisama is the name of a goddess of light, fire, and crafts as well as lakes and rivers in Celtic mythology who was equated with the Romann goddess Minerva. Though the etymology of her name is uncertain, it could mean "the brightest one" or "most powerful one". It derives from Celtic *bel(l)- meaning either "strong, powerful" or "bright"… Continue reading Belisama

B names, Emotion/Feelings, Female, Latin, Literature, Love/Beloved, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Bradamante

Bradamante is the name of a female knight who features in the Italian epic poem Orlando Innamorato (1483-1495) by Matteo Maria Boiardo and Orlando Furioso (1532) by Ludovico Ariosto, a continuation of Boiardo's poem. Bradamante is portrayed as brave, fierce, and who falls in love with the Saracen knight Ruggerio with whom she marries in the end… Continue reading Bradamante

Animals, B names, Battle/War, Leopard, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Turkic, Virtues/Attributes, Wolf

Boris

Boris is a Slavic male name of uncertain meaning and origin. It could have originated as a short form of Boroslav/Borislav meaning "battle glory" from Slavic *borti- (battle) derived from PIE *bʰerH- (to pierce, to strike) and slava (glory, fame) also derived from PIE *ḱlewos (to hear). Boris may also be derived from Turkic Bogoris which could mean "short, small", "wolf", or "snow leopard". Boris is also… Continue reading Boris

B names, Female, Greek mythology, Male, Mythology, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Thunder/Lightning, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Bronte

Bronte is the name of the Greek goddess of thunder, twin sister to Astrape, goddess of lightning, both of whom served as attendants to Zeus. Bronte's name fittingly means "thunder" from Ancient Greek brontḗ which derives from PIE *bʰrem- (to make noise; roar, clash, shout). Brontë is also an Irish surname, the Anglicized form of Ó Proinntigh meaning “descendant of Proinnteach”, the latter originally… Continue reading Bronte

B names, Color, Female, Names from Shakespeare's plays, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, White, Word names

Bianca

Bianca is an Italian female name, a cogante of Blanche meaning "white" from Latin blancus (white) from Proto-Germanic *blankaz (white, gleaming, shining, bright) which derives from PIE *bʰleyǵ- (to shine). Bianca is also an Italian surname as well as having been used twice by Shakespeare for his plays Taming of the Shrew (1593) and Othello (1603). Origin: Proto-Ido-European Variants: Blanche (French, English) Blanch (English) Blanka… Continue reading Bianca

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

Bradley

Bradley comes from an English surname derived from a place name meaning "broad clearing" from Old English brād (broad) derived from Proto-Germanic *braidaz (broad, wide) from an unknown source; and lēah (clearing, meadow) from PIE *lówkos (clearing). Bradley has also been used as an anglicized form of Irish surname Ó Brolcháin meaning "descendant of Brolachán", Brolachán meaning a diminutive of Brólach. Nicknames: Brad Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Gaelic Variants:… Continue reading Bradley