Blaer

Blaer is an Icelandic unisex name meaning “gentle breeze” or “gust of wind”. Although it was used as a masculine name in Iceland, it wasn’t until 2013 that it was officially accepted as a female name as well.

Origin: Old Norse

Variants:

  • Blær (Icelandic)

 

Brandy

Brandy is the name of an alcoholic drink, the shortened for of brandywine which is derived from Dutch brandewijn meaning “distilled wine” or “burnt wine”. It could also be a short form, or a feminine form, of Brandon, an English surname derived from a place name meaning “hill covered with broom” from Old English brom (broom, gorse) and dun (hill), likely referring to someone who lived near a place covered with gorse or broom shrubs.

However, Brandon could also be derived from Old French brandon from Frankish *brand meaning “firebrand, torch, sword” which ultimately comes from Proto-Germanic *brandaz, a cognate of Old Norse brandr.

Origin: Dutch, Old English, Proto-Germanic

 

Variants:

  • Brandee (English)
  • Brandi (English)
  • Brandie (English)
  • Brande (English)
  • Branda (English)

 

Male forms:

  • Brandon
  • Branden

 

Benji

Benji is a nickname for Benjamin or its feminine form Benjamina, the English form of Hebrew Binyamin meaning “son of the south” or “son of the right hand” from Hebrew ben (son of) and yamin (right hand, south).

Origin: Hebrew

Variants:

  • Benjy (English)
  • Benjamin (English, French, German, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian)
  • Binyamin (Hebrew, Arabic)
  • Benjamín (Spanish, Czech, Slovak, Icelandic)
  • Benjámin (Hungarian)
  • Beniamino (Italian)
  • Benjaminas (Lithuanian)
  • Venijamin (Macedonian)
  • Benjamim (Portuguese)
  • Beniamin (Romanian, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek)
  • Veniamin (Russian)
  • Venyamin (Russian)
  • Bünyamin (Turkish)
  • Peni (Hawaiian)

 

Female forms:

  • Benjamine (French)
  • Benjamina (English)

 

Birch

Birch is the name of a tree from Old English berc and beorc meaning “birch” which comes from a Proto-Indo-European source meaning “to gleam, shine, white”. Birch is also a surname referring to someone who lived near some birch trees.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European