B names, Female, Male, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Bellamy

Bellamy comes from a French surname meaning "fair/fine friend" or "handsome/beautiful friend" which comes from French beau/belle (handsome, fine attractive) via Latin bellus (beautiful, pretty, handsome) via PIE duenos/duonos(good) which is the diminutive of *dew- (to show favor, revere); and ami (friend) via Latin amicus (friend), a derivative of amare (to love) which could be derived from a PIE root word. It likely originated as a… Continue reading Bellamy

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B names, Male, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names

Burke

Burke comes from an English surname meaning "fortress", originally a locational surname for someone who lived near a fortress. It comes from Old English burg via Proto-Germanic *burgz (fortification, stronghold) derived from PIE root word *bʰerǵʰ- (high, lofty; hill, mountain; to rise). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Burk (English)  

Aramaic, B names, Battle/War, Hebrew, Kin/Family, Male, Surname names

Bartholomew

Bartholomew is the Greek form of an Aramaic name meaning "son of Talmai" made up from Aramaic bar (son) and Talmai, the latter either a Hebrew name meaning "furrow", either referring to a ploughman or someone who owned land; or it could be related to Ptolemy meaning “warlike, aggressive” which comes from Ancient Greek pólemos (war, battle) derived from a pre-Greek origin. Bartholomew… Continue reading Bartholomew

B names, Hebrew, Kin/Family, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Bartimaeus

Bartimaeus is the Latinized form of Greek Bartimaios meaning "son of Timaeus", made up from Hebrew bar (son) and personal name Timaeus, an Ancient Greek male name meaning "to honor" from Ancient Greek timao. Nicknames: Barty/Bartie, Bart Origin: Hebrew, Proto-Indo-European Variants: Bartimaios (Ancient Greek) Bartimée (French)  

Animals, B names, Birds, Elements, English, Irish, Male, Raven, Surname names, Water

Brennan

Brennan comes from an Irish surname, the anglicized form of Ó Braonáin meaning "descendant of Braonán", the latter a diminutive of braon meaning "rain, moisture, drop". It could also be derived from Ó Branáin meaning "descendant of Branán", the latter a diminutive of bran meaning "raven". Origin: Proto-Indo-European  

B names, Female, Kin/Family, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Briar

Briar refers to a prickly plant or brush with thorns such as sweetbriar and greenbriar. The origin of the word comes from Old English brǣr meaning "briar, bramble" which may be derived from PIE *wert- (to twist, turn). Briar also refers to a pipe for smoking, made from the roots of that shrub. The origin of that word comes… Continue reading Briar

B names, Elements, Fire, Male, Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Bayle

Bayle is a French and English surname, a topographical name for someone who lived by the outer wall of a castle; the name comes from Bailey, an occupational name for a bailiff. It could also be a variant spelling of Bale, an English word referring to a large bundle that has been compressed and wrapped for shipping (ex. a… Continue reading Bayle

Animals, B names, Battle/War, Leopard, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Turkic, Virtues/Attributes, Wolf

Boris

Boris is a Slavic male name of uncertain meaning and origin. It could have originated as a short form of Boroslav/Borislav meaning "battle glory" from Slavic *borti- (battle) derived from PIE *bʰerH- (to pierce, to strike) and slava (glory, fame) also derived from PIE *ḱlewos (to hear). Boris may also be derived from Turkic Bogoris which could mean "short, small", "wolf", or "snow leopard". Boris is also… Continue reading Boris

B names, Female, Greek mythology, Male, Mythology, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Thunder/Lightning, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Bronte

Bronte is the name of the Greek goddess of thunder, twin sister to Astrape, goddess of lightning, both of whom served as attendants to Zeus. Bronte's name fittingly means "thunder" from Ancient Greek brontḗ which derives from PIE *bʰrem- (to make noise; roar, clash, shout). Brontë is also an Irish surname, the Anglicized form of Ó Proinntigh meaning “descendant of Proinnteach”, the latter originally… Continue reading Bronte

B names, Gaelic, Male, Nature, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names

Bradley

Bradley comes from an English surname derived from a place name meaning "broad clearing" from Old English brād (broad) derived from Proto-Germanic *braidaz (broad, wide) from an unknown source; and lēah (clearing, meadow) from PIE *lówkos (clearing). Bradley has also been used as an anglicized form of Irish surname Ó Brolcháin meaning "descendant of Brolachán", Brolachán meaning a diminutive of Brólach. Nicknames: Brad Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Gaelic Variants:… Continue reading Bradley

Animals, B names, Birds, Male, Names from Shakespeare's plays, Proto-Indo-European, Raven, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Bertram

Bertram is a Germanic and English male name meaning "bright raven", made up from Germanic elements beraht (bright) from Proto-Germanic *berhtaz (bright, shining) via PIE *bhereg- (to shine); and hramn (raven) from Proto-Germanic *hrabnaz (raven) from PIE *ḱorh₂-, which is imitative of the harsh sounds. Bertram is also a surname derived from the given name. Bertram was also used by Shakespeare in his play All's Well That Ends Well… Continue reading Bertram

B names, Color, Female, Gaelic, Kin/Family, Male, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Yellow

Blaine

Blaine comes from a Scottish surname meaning "yellow" from Bláán, a diminutive of blá (yellow), perhaps derived as a nickname for someone who had a sallow complexion. It's also a shortened form of MacBlain meaning "son of Blain" or Mac Gille Blaan meaning "son of the servant of (St.) Blaan". Blain is also an English word referring to a skin swelling or sore,… Continue reading Blaine

B names, Irish, Male, Physical Attributes, Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names

Brady

Brady comes from an Irish surname, the anglicized form of Ó Brádaigh meaning "descendant of Brádach", the latter a byname possibly meaning "broad" in reference to someone who was broad-chested; or it means "descendant of the thief" from bradach meaning "thieving, stolen, plunder". Brady also has its own origins as an English surname meaning "broad eye" from Old English brād (broad) derived… Continue reading Brady

B names, Female, Male, Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Brett

Brett comes from an English surname meaning "Breton", originally used to refer to someone who came from Brittany though it may also have been given to the Celtic inhabitants of Strathclyde, Scotland, who were called Bryttas/Brettas up until the 14th century. Brett is also a German word meaning "plank, board, shelf, tray" which comes from Proto-Germanic *burdą (board,… Continue reading Brett

B names, Female, Male, Old Norse, Proto-Celtic, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Braith

Braith is a name of uncertain meaning though it may be derived from Welsh brith, braith meaning "speckled, mottled, brindled" derived from Proto-Brythonic *briθ (painted, speckled, variegated) which comes from Proto-Celtic *mrixtos (speckled). Braith is also a surname likely derived from the given name though it may be related to Old Norse breiðr meaning "broad". Origin: Proto-Celtic Variants: Brayth (English)