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  

Belina

Belina was the name of a 12th century French saint who died protecting her virginity. It’s seems the name is a Gascon diminutive 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”. Belina is also a Croatian, Slovene, and Serbian word meaning “whiteness”. It’s also…

Beryl

Beryl is the name of a mineral which is often used as a gem, of a bluish-greenish color, though it can also come in other colors. The name comes from Latin beryllus via Ancient Greek berullos which derives from Prakit veruliya via Sanskrit vaidurya- which ultimately derives from a Dravidian origin, the name of a city in India called Velur (now known as Belur)…

Bellona

Bellona is the name of a Roman goddess of war, the Roman equivalent of the Greek goddess Enyo. Bellona comes from Latin bellum meaning “war “which comes from an older form of the word, duellum, from Proto-Indo-European *deh₂w-, *dew- (to injure, destroy, burn). Origin: Proto-Indo-European  

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…

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…

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…