Animals, B names, Bears/Bear cubs, Female, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes


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,… Continue reading Bernadette

Animals, B names, Earth, Elements, Female, Male, Nature, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Wolf


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… Continue reading Boston

B names, Elements, Female, Nature, Proto-Germanic, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names


Brooke comes from an English surname, a variant spelling of Brook, a locational name for someone who lived near a brook or stream. The word comes from Old English brōc (brook, stream) via Proto-Germanic *brōkaz (brook, stream; marsh), of uncertain origin though which may be derived from a PIE root word. Origin: Proto-Germanic Variants: Brook (English)   Male forms:… Continue reading Brooke

B names, Bright/Clear, Female, Greek mythology, Light, Literature, Moon, Mythology, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes


Belphebe is a variant spelling of Belphoebe, which was first created by English poet Edmund Spenser for his epic poem The Faerie Queen, an allegorical work celebrating the rule of Queen Elizabeth I; Spenser intended her to represent Queen Elizabeth. The name is a combination of belle, a French word and name meaning "beautiful" and Phoebe, a Greek feminine name meaning "bright, pure,… Continue reading Belphebe

Arthurian legends & myths, B names, Color, Female, Nature, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, White


Blanche comes from French meaning "white" via Old French blanc (white) from Late Latin, Vulgar Latin *blancus (white) ultimately derived from PIE root word *bʰleyǵ- (to shine). Blanche could also be a shortened form of Blanchefleur meaning "white flower" in French; it is used as the name of the mother of Tristan, the lover of Isolde, as well as the name of… Continue reading Blanche

B names, Brown, Chestnut, Color, Earth, Female, Iberian, Kin/Family, Male, Nature, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Red/Crimson, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names


Bay is an English word with several possible meanings: it refers to an area of water bordered by land on three sides. It comes from French baie via Late Latin baia of uncertain origin though possibly derived from an Iberian origin, bahia;  Bay also refers to a reddish-brown color which comes from Latin badius (chestnut-brown) derived from PIE *badyo- (yellow,… Continue reading Bay

Animals, B names, Badger, Female, Latin, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Word names


Badger refers to any of several carnivorous mammals which belongs to the Mustelidae family. It comes from Middle English bageard made up from bage (referring to a token or distinctive mark, sign, or emblem) of uncertain etymology though either from Anglo-Norman bage or Latin bagia (sign, emblem), perhaps named for the white mark on its forehead, combined with the suffix -ard.… Continue reading Badger

B names, Chinese, Emotion/Feelings, Female, Joy, Male, Nature, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes


Baoyuan is a Chinese unisex name made up of bao: bao 宝 "treasure, jewel, precious, rare"; bao 褒 "praise, honor; to commend"; bao 苞 "bud; flower calyx; luxuriant; profuse" bao 保 "to ensure, to protect, to keep" yuan: 元 "first, primary; head, chief; Yuan dynasty; dollar" 玉 yu "jade; precious stone" + an 安 "calm, peaceful, content; tranquil, quiet"; 愉 yu "happy, pleased, delightful" + an 安 "calm,… Continue reading Baoyuan

B names, Female, Food, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Unisex


Bromeliad (pr. bro-MILL-ee-ad) is the name of a tropical American plant, used and cultivated as food though now commonly used as houseplants. It was named in honor of Swedish botanist Olaf Bromel. The closest I could find to the surname's origin and meaning is that it might possibly be from an English surname composed of Old… Continue reading Bromeliad