Brittanya

Brittanya is a variant spelling of Britannia, the Latin name for the island of Britain and later used to refer to a female personification of Britain. The name was first coined by Ancient Greeks, originally called Prettanike or Brettaniai, which might have originally been used to refer to the Picts.

Origin: Ancient Greek

Variants:

  • Britannia
  • Brittania
  • Britton (unisex)

 

Bernie

Bernie is a nickname for names like Bernard, a Germanic male name meaning “brave bear” or “hardy bear” from Germanic elements bern (bear) and hard (brave, hardy); Bernadette and Bernardine, both feminine forms of Bernard; and Bernice, a variant spelling of Berenice, which is the Latinized form of Macedonian Berenike from Greek Pherenike meaning “bringing victory” or “bringer of victory” from Greek elements pheros (to bring) and nike (victory).

Origin: Germanic, Greek

Variants:

  • Berny (English)
  • Bern (English, Germanic)

 

Blaer

Blaer is an Icelandic unisex name meaning “gentle breeze” or “gust of wind”. Although it was used as a masculine name in Iceland, it wasn’t until 2013 that it was officially accepted as a female name as well.

Origin: Old Norse

Variants:

  • Blær (Icelandic)

 

Bellicent

Bellicent could be an Old French form of Belissendis, a Germanic name made of elements bili (gentle, kind, fitting, suitable, proper) and swind (strong, brave, powerful) so essentially meaning “gentle power” or “gentle strength”. It could also possibly be related to Belenus, the name of a Celtic god of the sun, whose name possibly means “bright, brilliant”

In the Arthurian legends, Bellicent is the half-sister of King Arthur (though in some versions she goes by Morgause) and is the mother of Gareth and Gawain.

Origin: Germanic

Variants:

  • Belisent
  • Belisant

 

Benika

Benika is a Japanese female name meaning “crimson flower” (紅花) or “crimson fragrance” (紅香), though other possible meanings include “crimson + beautiful, good, excellent” (紅佳), and “crimson summer” (紅夏). There could be other meanings as well. Beniko is another variant of the name with the -ko () ending meaning “child”, used only for females, while Beni could also be used on its own as a given name.

Origin: Japanese

Variants:

  • Beniko
  • Beni

 

Brandy

Brandy is the name of an alcoholic drink, the shortened for of brandywine which is derived from Dutch brandewijn meaning “distilled wine” or “burnt wine”. It could also be a short form, or a feminine form, of Brandon, an English surname derived from a place name meaning “hill covered with broom” from Old English brom (broom, gorse) and dun (hill), likely referring to someone who lived near a place covered with gorse or broom shrubs.

However, Brandon could also be derived from Old French brandon from Frankish *brand meaning “firebrand, torch, sword” which ultimately comes from Proto-Germanic *brandaz, a cognate of Old Norse brandr.

Origin: Dutch, Old English, Proto-Germanic

 

Variants:

  • Brandee (English)
  • Brandi (English)
  • Brandie (English)
  • Brande (English)
  • Branda (English)

 

Male forms:

  • Brandon
  • Branden

 

Benji

Benji is a nickname for Benjamin or its feminine form Benjamina, the English form of Hebrew Binyamin meaning “son of the south” or “son of the right hand” from Hebrew ben (son of) and yamin (right hand, south).

Origin: Hebrew

Variants:

  • Benjy (English)
  • Benjamin (English, French, German, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian)
  • Binyamin (Hebrew, Arabic)
  • Benjamín (Spanish, Czech, Slovak, Icelandic)
  • Benjámin (Hungarian)
  • Beniamino (Italian)
  • Benjaminas (Lithuanian)
  • Venijamin (Macedonian)
  • Benjamim (Portuguese)
  • Beniamin (Romanian, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek)
  • Veniamin (Russian)
  • Venyamin (Russian)
  • Bünyamin (Turkish)
  • Peni (Hawaiian)

 

Female forms:

  • Benjamine (French)
  • Benjamina (English)

 

Birch

Birch is the name of a tree from Old English berc and beorc meaning “birch” which comes from a Proto-Indo-European source meaning “to gleam, shine, white”. Birch is also a surname referring to someone who lived near some birch trees.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

 

Betty

Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: Betty is a nickname for Elizabeth, which is the English form of Elisabet, the Greek form of Hebrew name ‘Elisheva meaning “my God is an oath” or “my God is abundance”.

Variants:

  • Bettie
  • Betti
  • Bette
  • Elizabeth (English)
  • Elisabeth (German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, English)
  • Elsabeth (English)
  • Elyzabeth (English)
  • Elisabet (Greek, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Spanish)
  • Elisheva (Hebrew)
  • Isabel (Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, English)
  • Isabella (Italian, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Romanian, English)