Brigid

Brigid is the name of a goddess in Irish mythology, the goddess of fire, poetry, healing, and fertility, among a few other things. I’ve seen it listed as meaning “exalted one” from Proto-Celtic *briganti (high, elevated; exalted) derived from a PIE root word. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Brighid (Irish) Bridget (Irish, English) Bridgette (English) Brigit (Irish) Bríd…

Barack

Barack is an Arabic male name, a variant transcription of Barak meaning “blessing”, which would make it a cognate of Hebrew Baruch meaning “blessed”, both of which derive from a Proto-Semitic root word. Barak is also a Hebrew male name meaning “lightning” which derives from a Proto-Semitic root word. Barack is also a Hungarian word meaning “peach, apricot”. Origin: Proto-Semitic, Slavic…

Billie

Billie originated as a nickname for William or its feminine form Wilhelmina meaning “willful protection” or “resolute protection” made up from Germanic elements wil (will, desire) and helm (helmet, protection). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Billy (English)  

Beverly

Beverly comes from an English surname via a locational name meaning “beaver stream”, made up from Old English elements beofor (beaver) and lēac (stream), both of which derive from a PIE root word. Beverly was originally used as an male name though it became popular in the early 20th century as a female name. Nicknames: Bev, Verlie/Verly…

Branwell

Branwell is a variant of Bramwell, an English surname originating as a locational name for someone who came from a place called Bramwell. The name is made up of Old English elements brom (broom, gorse) and well(a) (spring, stream). Nicknames: Bran Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Bramwell (English)  

Bernadette

Bernadette is the French feminine form of Bernard which comes from Germanic name Bernhard meaning “brave bear” or “hardy bear” made up of Germanic elements bern (bear) and hard (brave, hardy). Nicknames: Bernie/Berny, Ettie/Etty Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Bernardine (English) Bernadett (Hungarian) Bernardetta (Italian) Bernarda (Spanish, Slovene, Croatian) Bernardita (Spanish)   Male forms: Bernard (English, French, Dutch, Polish, Croatian, Slovene,…

Boston

Boston is the name of the capital in Massachusetts, named after a town in Lincolnshire, England, meaning “Botulf’s settlement” or “Botulf’s stone”, Botulf/Botolph being an Old English name made up of Old English boda (messenger, envoy; prophet) and wulf (wolf), combined with Old English elements tun (settlement) or stan (stone). It was either named after a saint who might have built a monastary around…

Brooke

Brooke comes from an English surname, a variant spelling of Brook, a locational name for someone who lived near a brook or stream. The word comes from Old English brōc (brook, stream) via Proto-Germanic *brōkaz (brook, stream; marsh), of uncertain origin though which may be derived from a PIE root word. Origin: Proto-Germanic Variants: Brook (English)   Male forms:…

Bryce

Bryce is an English male name, a variant spelling of Brice which comes from Latin Bricius which seems to be an anglicized form of a Gaulish name meaning “speckled, mottled” derived from Proto-Celtic *brikkos (speckled). Bryce is also a surname originating from the given name, though as a Welsh surname it could be an anglicized form of ap Rhys meaning “son…