B names, Battle/War, Female, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Virtues/Attributes


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  

B names, Female, Gaulish/Celtic mythology, Irish mythology, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes


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… Continue reading Brigid

Animals, B names, Beaver, Elements, Female, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Water


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… Continue reading Beverly

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