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)…

Billie

Billie originated as a nickname for William or its feminine form Wilhelmina meaning “willful protection” or “resolute protection” made up from Germanic elements wil (will, desire) and helm (helmet, protection). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Billy (English)  

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…

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…

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,…

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….

Baoyuan

Baoyuan is a Chinese unisex name made up of bao: bao 宝 “treasure, jewel, precious, rare”; bao 褒 “praise, honor; to commend”; bao 苞 “bud; flower calyx; luxuriant; profuse” bao 保 “to ensure, to protect, to keep” yuan: 元 “first, primary; head, chief; Yuan dynasty; dollar” 玉 yu “jade; precious stone” + an 安 “calm, peaceful, content; tranquil, quiet”; 愉 yu “happy, pleased, delightful” + an 安 “calm,…

Bromeliad

Bromeliad (pr. bro-MILL-ee-ad) is the name of a tropical American plant, used and cultivated as food though now commonly used as houseplants. It was named in honor of Swedish botanist Olaf Bromel. The closest I could find to the surname’s origin and meaning is that it might possibly be from an English surname composed of Old…

Blake

Blake comes from an English surname which has two possible (and contradictory) meanings: it could be derived from Old English blæc meaning “black”, originally a nickname referring to someone with black hair or who had a dark complexion; or it could be from Old English blāc meaning “pale, white”, a nickname that originally referred to someone with…