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…

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    

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)    

Bunty

Bunty originated as a Scottish and English pet-name for a girl. It may have originated from Scottish buntin meaning “plump”; it may also be derived from bunt meaning “to butt”, in reference to a lamb that butts with its head. The term bunting (which is also a surname) is used as a term of endearment for a child;…

Benedetta

Benedetta is an Italian female name, the feminine form of Benedetto, the Italian form of Benedictus meaning “blessed” made up from bene (good) and dicere (to say, speak) both of which derive from a PIE origin. Nicknames: Bettina (Italian) Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Benedikte (Danish, Norwegian) Benedicte (Norwegian) Bénédicte (French) Benoîte (French) Benedikta (German) Benedicta (Late Roman) Benedykta (Polish) Benedita (Portuguese) Benita…

Bodhi

Bodhi is a concept in Buddhism that refers to the state of enlightenment that occurs when one reaches the state of nirvana, which ends the cycle of death and rebirth and all suffering that comes with it. Bodhi comes from Sanskrit meaning “awakened, enlightened”, essentially referring to someone who has obtained perfect knowledge and wisdom, deriving from…

Blue

Blue is the name of a color, like the color of the sky or the ocean. While the color symbolizes peace and tranquility, it is also associated with depression and sadness. Blue is also an English surname, an anglicized form of German Blau or French Bleu, both of which mean “blue”. It ultimately derives from a PIE…

Bettina

Bettina is an Italian female given name, either a short form of Benedetta, the Italian feminine form of Benedict meaning “blessed”, or Elisabetta, the Italian form of Elizabeth meaning “my God is an oath” or “my God is abundance” from Hebrew; Bettina is also the German diminutive of Elisabeth. Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Hebrew Variants: Betina