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

Bellamy

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

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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, 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

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

Animals, Arthurian legends & myths, B names, Birds, Female, Literature, Nature, Pelican, Physical Attributes, Virtues/Attributes

Belakayne

Belakayne is a female given name, a variant spelling of Belacane, the name of an African queen who features in the medieval German romance poem Parzival by Wolfram von Eschenbach based on the Arthurian legends. She is the mother of Parzival's half-brother Feirefis/Feirefiz through their father Gahmuret. I don't know from where Eschenbach based the name from. I've seen one source list it… Continue reading Belakayne

B names, Color, Female, Gaelic, Kin/Family, Male, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Yellow

Blaine

Blaine comes from a Scottish surname meaning "yellow" from Bláán, a diminutive of blá (yellow), perhaps derived as a nickname for someone who had a sallow complexion. It's also a shortened form of MacBlain meaning "son of Blain" or Mac Gille Blaan meaning "son of the servant of (St.) Blaan". Blain is also an English word referring to a skin swelling or sore,… Continue reading Blaine

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

Brett

Brett comes from an English surname meaning "Breton", originally used to refer to someone who came from Brittany though it may also have been given to the Celtic inhabitants of Strathclyde, Scotland, who were called Bryttas/Brettas up until the 14th century. Brett is also a German word meaning "plank, board, shelf, tray" which comes from Proto-Germanic *burdą (board,… Continue reading Brett

B names, Earth, Elements, English, Female, Nature, Old English, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Bloom

Bloom conjures up images of blooming flowers, something in the process of opening up and blossoming. It comes from Middle Low German blōme (to bloom, flower, blossom) from Proto-Germanic *blōmô (flower) which ultimately derives from Proto-Indo-European *bʰleh₃- (to bloom, to flower, to thrive). As a word it's also used to refer to someone in the 'bloom' of youth, someone who's flourishing… Continue reading Bloom

B names, Female, Male, Old Norse, Proto-Celtic, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Braith

Braith is a name of uncertain meaning though it may be derived from Welsh brith, braith meaning "speckled, mottled, brindled" derived from Proto-Brythonic *briθ (painted, speckled, variegated) which comes from Proto-Celtic *mrixtos (speckled). Braith is also a surname likely derived from the given name though it may be related to Old Norse breiðr meaning "broad". Origin: Proto-Celtic Variants: Brayth (English)  

B names, Emotion/Feelings, Female, Joy, Late Roman, Latin, Virtues/Attributes

Beatrix

Beatrix is a variant form of Viatrix, the feminine form of Viator meaning "voyager, traveler, wayfarer". The name was later changed to resemble Latin beatus meaning "happy, blessed". Nicknames: Bea/Bee, Trix, Trixie Origin: Latin Variants: Beatrice (Italian, English, Swedish) Béatrice (French) Beatrise (Latvian) Beatriu (Catalan) Beatrycze (Polish) Beatriz (Spanish, Portuguese) Beitris (Scottish) Betrys (Welsh) Viatrix (Latin)   Male forms: Viator (Latin)… Continue reading Beatrix

B names, Female, Hebrew, Kin/Family, Numbers, Virtues/Attributes

Bathsheba

Bathsheba is the name of the wife of King David and the mother of Solomon. In the Old Testament, Bathsheba’s husband Uriah is intentionally sent to the frontline of battle to be killed so that King David could marry her. They have a son, Solomon. The name comes from Hebrew meaning "daughter of the oath" or… Continue reading Bathsheba