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

Briley

Briley comes from an English surname, of uncertain origin, but perhaps a variant of Brierley meaning "briar clearing". Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Brierley (English) Brierly (English) Briarley (English) Briarly (English)    

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

Bunty

Bunty originated as a Scottish and English pet-name for a girl. It may have originated from Scottish buntin meaning "plump"; it may also be derived from bunt meaning "to butt", in reference to a lamb that butts with its head. The term bunting (which is also a surname) is used as a term of endearment for a child;… Continue reading Bunty

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

Bodhi

Bodhi is a concept in Buddhism that refers to the state of enlightenment that occurs when one reaches the state of nirvana, which ends the cycle of death and rebirth and all suffering that comes with it. Bodhi comes from Sanskrit meaning "awakened, enlightened", essentially referring to someone who has obtained perfect knowledge and wisdom, deriving from… Continue reading Bodhi

B names, Blue, Color, Female, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Word names

Blue

Blue is the name of a color, like the color of the sky or the ocean. While the color symbolizes peace and tranquility, it is also associated with depression and sadness. Blue is also an English surname, an anglicized form of German Blau or French Bleu, both of which mean "blue". It ultimately derives from a PIE… Continue reading Blue

B names, Color, Dravidian, Female, Male, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, White, Word names

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)… Continue reading Beryl

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

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… Continue reading Beverly

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

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… Continue reading Boston

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

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

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