Baby Names: Names Starting with B

Baby Names Starting with B

BAILEY: French for "bailiff," but originally Old English for "fortification." Relatives: Baily, Bayley, Bailee. Namesakes: Pearl Bailey, "Beetle Bailey," "Rumpole of the Bailey," "Bill Bailey."

BAIRD: Scottish for "minstrel." A great name. Relative: Bard. Namesakes: John Baird, Bard College.

BAKER: Occupational name. A female baker was a "baxter." Relatives: Baxter, Baxley. Namesakes: Carlos Baker, Howard Baker, Anne Baxter.

BALDWIN: German for "bold friend." Relatives: Baldwyn, Maldwyn, Win, Wyn. Namesake: Stanley Baldwin, and the Baldwin Brothers (Alec, Daniel, Steven, and Billy.)

BALLARD: From the Old English and French for "a dancing song." Namesake: Kaye Ballard, J.G. Ballard.

BANCROFT: Old English for "bean field." Much classier sounding than its mundane origins. Namesake: Anne Bancroft.

BARBARA: From the Latin for "foreign" and "strange." You won't find many Barbaras under age thirty. Relatives: Barbra, Bararella, Barbie, Barby, Barbs, Barb, Babette, Babs, Bobbie. Namesakes: Saint Barbara, Barbara Jordan, Barbra Streisand, Barbara Walters, "Barbie" doll.

BARBER: From the Latin for "beard." Relative: Barbour. Namesake: Red Barber.

BARCLAY: Old English for "birch meadow." Sounds rich even if you don't know it's a bank." Relatives: Barklay, Barkley, Barksdale, Berkeley, Berkley. Namesakes: Catherine Barkley, Barclay's Bank.

BARNABAS: Hebrew for "son of prophecy." Depends on how you feel about the nickname Barney. Relatives: Barnaby, Barney, Barnie, Barn. Namesakes: Barnaby Conrad, "Barnaby Jones," "Barney Rubble."

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