Blaine

Origin: Scottish Meaning: a Scottish surname from given name Blaan meaning “yellow”. Variants: Blain, Blayn, Blayne Advertisements

Bay

Origin: English, Germanic, Gaelic/Scottish, Turkish Meaning: from Latin baca meaning “berry”, originally referring to the berries of a bay tree. As a surname it comes from Old English Beaga (m) and Beage (f) which mean “garland”, “crown” and “treasure thing”. Bay is also an English word referring to an area of water bordered by land on three…

Benton

Origin: English Meaning: a surnamde derived from a place name meaning either “town near the bent grass” from Old English elements beonet (bent grass) + tun (enclosure, settlement), or from Old English bean meaning “beans” in the collective singular.

Billie

Origin: English Meaning: a common nickname for William or Wilhelmina, essentially meaning “resolute protection” from Germanic elements wil “will, desire” and helm “helmet, protection”. Variants: Billy; William; Wilhelmina

Belladonna

Origin: Italian Meaning: from Italian bella (beautiful) and donna (lady) meaning “beautiful lady”. Belladonna is also the name of a deadly nightshade, which apparently got its name because it was used by women as eyedrops to  dilute their pupils to make them look more seductive.

Beverly

Origin: English Meaning: a surname that means “beaver stream” from Old English beofer meaning “beaver” and licc meaning “stream”, denoting someone who lived near one. Beverly was originally used as a masculien name before becoming more popular for women. Bev and Verlie are diminutives of the name. Variants: Beverley

Brigid

Origin: Irish Meaning: I’ve seen it listed as meaning “exalted one”, but also coming from Celtic brig/brigant meaning “high” or briga meaning “might” and “power”. Variants: Brighid, Bridget, Bridgette, Bride, Brid, Breda; Brigitta, Brigitte, Birgitta, Britta, Brigida In Irish mythology, Brigid is one of the triple goddess and ruled over healing, poetry and smithcraft.

Bartimaeus

Origin: Greek, Aramaic Meaning: from Greek Bartimaios meaning “son of Timaeus” from Aramaic bar which means “son” and Greek name Timaeus meaning “to honor”. Bart and Barty are short forms of the name.

Bartholomew

Origin: English, Aramaic Meaning: the English form of Bartholomaios, the Greek form of an Aramaic name, Bar-Talmai, meaning “son of Talmai”, the first part, Bar, meaning “son” in Aramaic. Talmai is a Hebrew name meaning “furrow”, referring to either a ploughman or someone who owned land. However, I’ve also seen it listed as meaning “son…

Bronte

Origin: Irish, Greek Βροντη (Greek) Meaning: an Irish surname, the Anglicized form of Ó Proinntigh meaning “descendant of Proinnteach”, the latter meaning “bestower”. Usually spelled Brontë. Spelled Brontê, it’s the name of the Greek goddess of thunder whose name also means “thunder”, who along with her sister Astrapê the goddess of lightning (whose name also means lightning)…

Bathsheba

Origin: Hebrew בַּת־שֶׁבַע (Hebrew) Meaning: “daughter of the oath” or, alternatively, “daughter of seven” since the last part of the name (sheba) is similar to both the word for oath and seven. For a more detailed etymology of the name, I posted the link below. Variants: Bat-Sheva, Batsheva Sheba could be a short form of…

Baudelaire

Origin: French Meaning: from Latin badelarius meaning “short sword”. It refers to a type of sword. This is the last name of the Baudelaire orphans and was apparently chosen after Charles Baudelaire, a French poet who wrote Les Fleurs du Mal (The Flowers of Evil).

Beatrice

Origin: Italian Meaning: the Italian form of Latin Beatrix. This name has somewhat of a tricky meaning. Beatrix comes from Latin Viatrix, a feminine form of Viator meaning “voyager, traveler”. It could also mean “blessed” from Latin beatus, the spelling altered to resemble it. I’ve also seen Beatrice listed as meaning “happy”, also from latin beatus so…

Boston

Origin: English Meaning: the name of the capital in Massachusetts, named after a town in Lincolnshire, England, meaning “Botulf’s settlement” or “Botulf’s stone”. It was either named after a saint who might have built a monastary around the area in the 7th century, or a landowner who happened to have the same name. Boston could also…

Bevin

Origin: Irish Meaning: Anglicized form of Bébinn meaning “fair lady” though some sources also list it as meaning “melodious woman”. It’s also sometimes used as an Anglicization of Vivian though it’s totally unrelated to the name In Irish mythology Bébhinn is a goddess of childbirth as well as the name of several other figures. It’s…

Burke

Origin: English Meaning: from an English surname meaning “fortress” from Old English burg

Bellicent

Origin: French, German, English Meaning: Possibly an Old French form of Germanic Belissendis, possibly composed of elements bili meaning “suitable, proper, fitting, decent, amiable” and swind “strong, brave, powerful” It could also be another form of Elizabeth meaning “My God is oath” or “My God is abundance” It could also be related to Belenus, a Celtic god of the…

Brett

Origin: English Meaning: from a Middle English surname meaning “Breton”, referring to someone who lived in Brittany Variants: Bret

Baylor

Origin: English, German Meaning: a surname that has its origins in English and German. As an English surname, it possibly comes from the legal term bailor, referring to someone who transfers their personal property to another person for safekeeping during bailment. It’s also comes from Middle High German beigel, beile meaning “measuring stick”, referring to someone who…

Bradamante

Origin: Italian Meaning: created by Matteo Maria Boiardo for his poem Orlando Innamorato (1495) from Italian brado “wild, untamed, natural” and amante “loving”