Bailey

Bailey is a unisex given name which comes from an English surname with several possible meanings:

  • it’s an occupational surname meaning “bailiff”, referring to someone who was an officer of the court, similar to a sheriff or a sheriff’s deputy in charge with keeping order; it derives from Latin bāiulus (carrier, porter; manager, steward);
  • it also refers to the outermost wall of a castle which comes from Old French baille meaning “stake, palisade, brace”, perhaps derived from Latin baculum (stick, staff, scepter, rod) from Proto-Indo-European *bak- (stick);
  • it may also be a locational surname meaning “berry wood”, referring to someone who lived near such a place, from Old English beg (berry) and leah (woodland).

Origin: Latin, Proto-Indo-European

Variants:

  • Bailee (English)
  • Baylee (English)
  • Baylie (English)

 

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Brittany

Brittany is the English form of Latin Britannia which comes from the name of a British-Celtic tribe *Pretanni which comes from Proto-Celtic *mrixtos meaning “speckled, mottled, brindled”, which the Ancient Romans used to refer to the Picts. It’s the name of a region in France.

Nicknames: Britt

Origin: Proto-Celtic

Variants:

  • Brittney (English)
  • Britney (English)
  • Brittani (English)
  • Brittny (English)
  • Britannia (English)
  • Brittania (English)

 

Female forms:

  • Brittain (English)
  • Britain (English)
  • Britton (English)

 

Belladonna

Belladonna is an Italian name which means “beautiful lady” from Italian elements bella (beautiful) and donna (lady). Bella is derived from Latin bellus meaning “beautiful, pretty, handsome”, while Donna is also derived from Latin domina “lady, mistress of the house”. It’s the name of a plant known as deadly nightshade, which is poisonous. It supposedly got its name Belladonna because it was used by women to dilate the pupils of their eyes to make them appear more attractive. Belladonna is also a surname.

Origin: Latin

Variants:

  • Bella Donna

 

Briana

Briana is the feminine form of Brian, an Irish name of uncertain meaning though it’s been linked to Old Celtic element bre meaning “hill” which, by extension, also means “high, noble”.It could also be related to Celtic brig- or brigant- meaning “high”, briga- meaning “might” and “power”, or brigh- meaning “noble, strong, virtuous”. Briana is a character in The Faerie Queen, an epic poem written by English poet Edmund Spenser, an allegorical work celebrating the rule of Queen Elizabeth I. It was published between 1590 and 1596 though he died before he could finish the entirety of the poem.

Nicknames: Bri/Bree

Origin: Old Celtic

Variants:

  • Brianna
  • Bryana
  • Bryanna
  • Breanna
  • Brina
  • Bryna
  • Breann
  • Brianne
  • Breanne
  • Breeanne
  • Bryanne

 

Male forms:

  • Brian
  • Brion
  • Bryan
  • Bryon

 

Belia

Belia has several possible meanings and origins such as:

  • it’s an Indonesian word meaning “youth”;
  • it may also be a variant of Bella, the short form of Isabella, the Latinate form of Elizabeth, which comes from Hebrew meaning “my God is an oath” or “my God is abundance”; Bella also means “beautiful” in Italian from Latin bellus;
  • Belia may also be a variant of Beila, the Yiddish equivalent of Bella meaning “beautiful”, though Beila may also be a variant spelling of Baila, meaning “white” in Yiddish;
  • Beila is also the Basque form of Vigila, a Visigothic name possibly meaning “crow” from Basque bela;
  • it may also be a variant of Béla, a Hungarian male name possibly derived from Hungarian bél meaning “heart, insides,” in Old Hungarian and “intestines” in New Hungarian, a symbolism of one having “guts”- bravery and character. Béla has also been linked to Slavic belu meaning “white”;
  • Belia could also be a short form of Abelia, the feminine form of Abel meaning “breath, vapor” and “vanity”; or a short form of Obelia, which comes from Greek obelos “a spit; pointed pillar; needle”

Origin: Indonesian, Hebrew, Yiddish, Latin; Basque, Hungarian, Slavic, Greek

 

Bellalune

Bellalune is a combination of two names: Bella, which means “beautiful” in Italian and Spanish which comes from Latin bellus (beautiful, pretty, handsome), though it could also be a short form of names like Isabella (the Latinate form of Elizabeth which comes from Hebrew meaning “my God is an oath” or “my God is abundance”) or Arabella (a medieval Scottish name which is either a variant of Amabel meaning “lovable” in Latin or perhaps related to Latin Orabilis or Orabilia meaning invokable”); combined with Lune, the French word for “moon” which is also derived from Latin luna.

Origin: Latin, Hebrew

Variants:

  • Bellelune
  • Bellaluna

 

Berenice

Berenice is the Latinized form of Macedonian Berenike derived from Greek Pherenike meaning “bringing victory” or “bringer of victory” from Greek elements pheros (to bring) and nike (victory). It’s pronounced be-re-NEE-che in Italian, be-re-NEE-see, or ber-nees in English).

Origin: Greek

Variants:

  • Bernice (English)
  • Berniece (English)
  • Bérénice (French)
  • Pherenike (Ancient Greek)
  • Bernike (Biblical Greek)
  • Berenike (Macedonian, Ancient Greek)
  • Veronica (Latin transliteration of Berenice)

 

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, which comes from Proto-Celtic *mrixtos meaning “speckled, mottled, brindled”.

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)