Baby Names: Names Starting with B


BARNETT: Old English for "noble man." A preppier viersion of Bernard/Barnard. Relatives: Barnet, Barret, Barrett, Barr. Namesake: Elizabeth Barret Browning.

BARON: Derived from the title. Particularly effective if your last name is "von"-something. Relative: Barron. Namesake: "The Red Baron."

BARRY: Irish for "spear thrower" and Welsh for "son of Harry." Very solid. Relatives: Barrie, Barris, Barie, Barrymore. Namesakes: Barry Gibb, Barry Goldwater, Barry Fitzgerald, John Barrymore.

BARTHOLOMEW: From the Hebrew for "furrow." A terrifc array of nicknames and variations. Relatives: Barth, Bart, Barthol, Bartel, Bartlett, Bartley, Barton, Bertol, Bartold, Bat, Bart, Tholy, Tolly. Namesakes: Bartholomew Tucker, Bart Starr, John Barth, Clara Barton, A. Bartlett Giamatti, Bartlett Pear, "Bart Simpson."

BARUCH: From the Hebrew for "blessed." Generally a surname when it's not part of a Hebrew prayer. Namesakes: Bernard Baruch, "Baruch Atah Adonai."

BASIL: From the Greek for "royal." Veddy British. Relatives: Basile, Basilo, Basilia, Basia, Vasilis, Vasily. Namesakes: Saint Basil, Basil Rathbone, "Basil Fawlty," basil plant.

BATES: A surname probably derived from Bartholomew. Nice for a boy or a girl. Namesakes: Alan Bates, "Norman Bathes," Bates College.

BATHSHEBA: From the Hebrew for "daughter of the oath." King David's wife and Solomon's mother. A daring choice. Relatives: Batsheva, Bathshua, Batya, Basia, Basya, Sheba. Namesakes: Basia Johnson, COME BACK, LITTLE SHEBA.

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