Baby Names: Names Starting with B


BEMUS: Greek for "platform."

BENEDICT: Latin for "blessed." Used mainly by Roman Catholics' the liqueur was created by an order of Benedictine monks as an herbal medicine. Namesakes: Benedict Arnold.

BENJAMIN: Hebrew for "son of my right hand." A perennial favorite. Relatives: Benji, Benjie, Bennie, Benny, Ben. Namesakes: Benjamin Cardozo, Benjamin Britten, Benny Goodman, "Ben Cartwright," "Benji."

BENNETT: An anglicized version of Benedict and much more popular. Relatives: Benett, Benner, Benoit, Benn, Bentley. Namesakes: Bennett Cerf, Joan Benoit, Constance Bennett, Bentley automobiles.

BENSON: "Ben's son." From the Department of Redundancy Department, the actually translation is "son son." Relative: Bensen. Namesakes: Benson and Hedges cigarettes.

BERGEN: German for "mountain dweller." Relatives: Bergan, Bergin. Namesakes: Bergan Evans, Candice Bergen.

BERNADETTE: Feminine version of "Bernard." This name is guaranteed to call to mind the classic song by the Four Tops. Relatives: Bern, Bernie, Bernadette, Bernadete. Namesakes: Bernadette Peters, THE SONG OF BERNADETTE.

BERNARD: From the German for "bold as a bear." This entire group of names deserves a revival. Relatives: Barnard, Barney, Barnie, Bernd, Berndt, Bern, Berne, Bernardo, Bernhard, Bernhardt, Bernie, Bjorn. Namesakes: Bernard Kalb, Barnard Hughes, Bjorn Borg, Sarah Bernhardt, Barnard College.

BERNICE: Greek for "bringer of victory." Relatives: Berenice, Berry, Bunny.

BERTRAM: German for "bright." An appealing group of names. Relatives: Bertrem, Bertolt, Bertold, Bertil, Bertol, Berton, Bert, Bertha. Namesakes: Bertolt Brecht, Bertrand Russell, Bert Lahr.

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