BAYARD: Old French for "bay horse." A great name, no matter how you pronounce it. Relatives: Baylor, Bayless, Baird. Namesakes: Bayard Dodge, Bayard Rustin.
BEACHER: Old English for "dweller by the beech tree." Unusual and interesting. Relative: Beecher. Namesake: Harriet Beecher Stowe.
BEARDSLEY: Origin unclear. Seems to be an Old English compound for "beard" and "wood or glade," but "bearded wood" doesn't make much sense. Namesake: Aubrey Beardsley.
BEATRICE: Latin for "happy." An old-fashioned name that had been ignored in the return to old-fashioned names until Fergie and Andy picked it for the Princess of York. Relatives: Beatrix, Bea, Beah, Beattie, Beatirsa, Beatriz, Trixie. Namesakes: Beatrice Lillie, Beatrix Potter, Bea Arthur, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.
BEAU: French for "beautiful." Ashley and Melanie's little boy in GONE WITH THE WIND. Relatives: Beaumont, Beauregard, Bo, Bonita. Namesakes: Beau Bridges, Beau Brummel, Bo Hopkins, Bo Derek.
BEDE: Old English for "prayer." Namesakes: The Venerable Bede, ADAM BEDE.
BELDON: Old English for "beautiful pasture." More usual as a surname. Relative: Belden. Namesake: "Trixie Beldon."
BELINDA: From the Spanish for "beautiful." Making a comeback. Relatives: Belynda, Belle, Linda. Namesakes: Belinda Carlisle, Belinda Lee.
BELLAMY: From the Old French for "handsome friend." For "Upstairs, Downstairs" devotees. Namesakes: Ralph Bellamy, Carol Bellamy.
BELLE: French for "beautiful." Relatives: Bella, Belva. Namesakes: "Belle Watling," Bella Abzug, Belva Plain, "Belle" in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.