Boys have it easy. Girls names are more complicated than they seem. There are so many variations and spellings that you may never know them all! In this blog post, we will discuss 10 unbelievable facts about girls’ names that start with the letter B. You’ll be surprised at how much there is to learn about these popular first letters!
-Bella is a popular name for girls, and it means “beautiful” in Spanish. It’s not the most common of all names starting with B, but Bella has been ranked as one of the top 50 baby names since 1997.
-Clara was originally from Latin and meant “bright.” This name became more popular in English during the 18th century when it began to be used by Protestants after they were forbidden from using Katherine because Catholics had adopted that moniker first. The two spellings are now interchangeable; while Clara can also appear as Clare or Claire depending on how you want people to hear your pronunciation, both versions mean essentially the same thing: bright.
-Brenda got its start back in Old Norse, where it was a feminine form of the word “edge.” The name became more popular in English after being used to refer to an Irish princess from folklore.
-Donna is also derived from Latin and has been traced back as far as Ancient Rome, but its rise in popularity came during the 20th century when it first appeared on US charts. Donna means “lady” or “mistress,” which some people believe makes this name perfect for women who are always looking out for number one!
-Ella comes from Germanic words that mean either “God’s promise” or else simply just “beautiful.” A very old and rare variant of Ella is Elle, but today both spellings have mostly fallen out of fashion.
-Helen is a Greek name that can be traced back to the time of Homer and has been used in many different cultures as either a personal or family name. The meaning of Helen derives from the word for “shining.”
-Judy’s origins are uncertain, but most agree it comes from an Old French word which means “lively” or else simply just “life.” Judy was first recorded on US charts during 1930s when it began making its way into popular usage thanks to Looney Tunes character named Furrball, who was originally voiced by female voice actress Bea Benaderet.
-June may seem like a simple enough name with one very clear origin – June is the sixth month of the year. That’s true, but June is also a variation on Jane which was traditionally used in England as an abbreviation for Jolayne or Josephine – two names that have fallen out of favor in recent years.
-Joan may sound like it has French origins but its actually rooted in Hebrew and means “God is gracious.” Joan was popularized when King Louis XI named his daughter after Saint Joan of Arc who led France to win battles against their English enemies during her time.
-Beth, meaning “house” or “place,” first appeared around the 12th century AD thanks to Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton who helped establish schools across America before becoming one of the first American nuns to be canonised by Pope
-Beth is a short form of Elizabeth, which means “my God is an oath.”
-Betty may be derived from the Germanic name Beatrix meaning “the one who conquers.”
-Brittany comes from Breton for Britain; this Celtic region was once inhabited by Britons and includes Wales and Cornwall.
-Brooke can mean either dark stream or meadow covered with brooks depending on spelling variations (e.g., Brooke versus Broke). The first definition fits well as many people associate it with the Swinburne poem titled “The Dark Stream” that features this word in its title. The second variation could also make sense if you think about how many pastures are dotted with brooks.
-Bridget is a Gaelic name that means “the high one,” and also appears as a variant spelling of the Irish Bridget which could mean “exalted one.”
-Brittany’s nickname has been Bre since her birth in 1986 because it was easier to pronounce than Brittany (her full given name) when she was younger. It may be short for Briana or Bryna (meaning strong).
Maeve comes from an ancient Celtic word meaning “she who intoxicates.” The literary figure Maeve O’Conner was the Irish queen of Connacht until she killed herself on Ulster soil after failing to win back her husband Ailill from Queen Medb.
This is the second post that has a female name in its title. The first variation could also make sense if you think about how many pastures are dotted with brooks.
The third word was written on top of an untitled document containing bullet points for what to write next: *Brittany’s nickname has been Bre since her birth in 1986 because it was easier to pronounce than Brittany (her full given name) when she was younger. It may be short for Briana or Bryna (though it’s not clear which). The nickname Bre and her full name are equally used.
*Brigitte Bardot has been a French actress, singer, animal rights activist (and occasional fashion model) since she was 19 years old in 1954. She retired from the entertainment industry twice: first at 27 years old in 1973; then again at 47 years old after appearing on the reality show “Survivor” in 2002.
-What is Brigette Bardot’s real name? Her given name is Jeanine Anne-Marie Bardot but sometimes she goes by her middle names when referring to herself or using them publicly so people know how to pronounce them correctly–Jeanne Françoise Marie Julie .
*The name Briana is of Irish origin and means “gentle; strong”.
*Brianna, on the other hand, can be traced back to Ireland but its meaning has been lost.
-The name Britney first appeared in England during a time when it was fashionable for people with connections to Britain or the British Empire to take their children’s names from English literature and history–especially if they were given as middle names. The most common explanation for her unusual forename is that she got it because her father admired author Rudyard Kipling and wanted his daughter’s name to evoke imagery of India (the poem “Mandalay”). In this case, however, there are no records showing how often parents who wished their children to be associated with the British Empire chose names from Kipling’s works.
*Britney Spears is an American singer, songwriter and actress born on December two in 1981–which makes her a Sagittarius.
-The first Britney was probably the niece of King James I of Scotland. Her given name appears only once in Scottish records: “Bretene Stewart.” In 17th century England, people often were named after their fathers but sometimes also took their mother’s forename as a middle name (as did Queen Elizabeth II).
In this case it seems likely that she got her unusual double forename because both parents wanted to preserve for posterity the family surname, which they would have pronounced “brit-nee.” *Lena Dunham, creator of the HBO show Girls was born on May 13th in 1984–which makes her a Gemini. In 1982, she and her sister Grace were named after their respective great-grandmothers: Ethel Ann Dunham (Grace) and Linda Carroll (“Lennie”) who are both called Lena. The name is also spelled “Leni” or “Leah,” but the actress has said that she prefers to be known as Lena with an i at the end because it’s easier for people outside of America to pronounce. The meaning of this name could be interpreted two ways; firstly coming from Hebrew לנה which means ‘to