BERYL: Hebrew for "jewel." Relative: Bijou. Namesake: Beryl Markham.
BETHANY: "Beth" is Hebrew for "house." A melodic alternative to Elizabeth if the nickname "Beth" is your goal. Relatives: Betheny, Bethesda, Bethel. Namesake: Bethany Beach (Md.)
BEVERLY: Old English for "meadow of beavers." Sometimes used for boys, but it's a struggle. Relatives: Beverley, Beverely, Bev. Namesakes: Beverly Sills, Beverly D'Angelo, Beverly Hills (Calif.)
BEVIN: "Son of Evan." Relatives: Bevan, Bevis.
BIANCA: Italian for "white" Jet-set image prmulgated by Mick Jagger's ex-wife. Relatives: Biancha, Blanche, Blancha, Blanca. Namesakes: Bianca Jagger, "Blanche DuBois."
BINGHAM: From the German for "kettle-shaped hollow." Blassy, with any luck people will assume the child is related to the prominent Kentucky family. Relatives: Bing, Binghamton, Binghampton. Namesakes: Bing Crosby, Binghamton (N.Y.)
BIRCH: From the Old English for "white." A beautiful tree. Namesake: Birch Bayh, John Birch Society.
BLAINE: Gaelic for "thin or lean" and Old English for "source of a river." A change of paice from Blake and Blair. Relative: Blain.
BLAIR: Gaelic for "from the plain." One of the earliest and still one of the most popular androgenous names. Relativive: Blaire. Namesakes: Blair Brown, Blaire Hall..
BLAKE: Old English for "fair-haired." You can't go wrong with this one. Relatives: Blachard, Blanco. Namesakes: Blake Edwards, William Blake.
BLASE: Latin for "one who stammers." A name from the soap operas. Relatives: Blaise, Blaze, Bliss. Namesake: Blaise Pascal.