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, 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, 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, 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, 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)  

B names, Brown, Chestnut, Color, Female, German/Germanic, Latin, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Red/Crimson, Surname names, Unisex, Word names

Baylor

Baylor comes from an English surname with several possible meanings: either a variant spelling of Bailor, which comes from a legal term meaning "one who delivers goods", referring to someone who transferred property to another person (bailee) for safekeeping, from Old French bailler (to deliver, hand over) ultimately derived from Latin bāiulus (one who bears a burden; porter, carrier); it could… Continue reading Baylor

B names, Berry, Female, Food, Latin, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Bailey

Bailey is a unisex given name which comes from an English surname with several possible meanings: it's an occupational surname meaning "bailiff", referring to someone who was an officer of the court, similar to a sheriff or a sheriff's deputy in charge with keeping order; it derives from Latin bāiulus (carrier, porter; manager, steward); it also… Continue reading Bailey

Animals, B names, Bears/Bear cubs, Female, German/Germanic, Greek, Male, Nickname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Bernie

Bernie is a nickname for names like Bernard, a Germanic male name meaning "brave bear" or "hardy bear" from Germanic elements bern (bear) and hard (brave, hardy); Bernadette and Bernardine, both feminine forms of Bernard; and Bernice, a variant spelling of Berenice, which is the Latinized form of Macedonian Berenike from Greek Pherenike meaning “bringing victory” or “bringer of victory” from Greek elements pheros (to bring) and nike (victory). Origin: Germanic, Greek Variants: Berny (English)… Continue reading Bernie

B names, Battle/War, Dutch, Elements, English, Female, Fire, Male, Nickname names, Old English, Proto-Germanic, Unisex, Word names

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… Continue reading Brandy

B names, Female, Hebrew, Kin/Family, Male, Nickname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

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… Continue reading Benji

B names, Color, Earth, Female, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, White

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