Baby Names: Names Starting with B


BLOSSOM: Old English for "lovely." It is rather lovely, if a little reminscent of the sixties. Namesake: Blossom Dearie, "Peaseblossom."

BLYTHE: Old English for "joyous." Hail to thee. Relative: Blithe. Namesakes: Blythe Danner, BLITHE SPIRIT.

BONNIE: Scottish variation of French for "good." Relatives: Bonny, Boni, Boniface, Bonita. Namesakes: Bonnie Bedeilia, Bonnie Raitt.

BOOKER: Old English for "beech tree." Parchment was made from beech trees; hence the derivation of the word "book." Namesake: Booker T. Washington.

BOONE: Latin for "good." Has a "good old boy" quality. Namesake: T. Boone Pickens, Daniel Boone.

BOOTH: Old English for "hut." Relative: Boothe. Namesakes: Powers Boothe, Booth Tarkington, John Wilkes Booth.

BORDEN: From the Old English for "near the boar's den" and Old French for "cottage." Slightly tarnished by the image of those contented cows, but still nice. Relative: Bordan.

BORIS: Russian for "fight." Relatives: Bors, Borys. Namesakes: Boris Karloff, Boris Pasternak.

BOSWELL: Old French for "forested town." Definitely upper crust, perhaps a little too much so. Relatives: Bosworth, Bos. Namesakes: Boz Scaggs, James Boswell, Brian Bosworth.

BOWEN: "Son of Owen." Relative: Bowie. Namesakes: Bowie Kuhn, Jim Bowie, David Bowie.

BOYCE: From the Frech for "woodland."

BOYD: Irish for "blond" or "yellow." Namesakes: Boyd Matson, Boyd Tarleton, William Boyd.

BRADLEY: Old English for "broad meadow." A surname that has become quite common as a first name. The entire "Brad" ("broad') group is nice. Relatives: Braden, Brad, Bradford, Brady. Namesakes: Bill Bradley, Omar Bradley, "The Brady Bunch."

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