Baby Names: Names Starting with B


BRIGHAM: From the Old English for "one who lives near a bridge" and Old French for "soldier." Handsome, even if you're not a Mormon. Namesake: Brigham Young.

BRISTOL: A variant form of Brice and a city in England. Relative: Brystol. Namesake: "The Bristol Stomp," Bristol-Myers.

BRITTANY: An anglicized version of Bretagne, a section of France famous for its spectacular coastline. Extremely popular in California, which menas it will drift inexorably eastward. Relatives: Brita, Britta, Brittny. Namesake: Morgan Brittany.

BROCK: Old English for "badger." Very solid sound. Relatives: Braxton, Brocton. Namesakes: Brock Peters, Brock Brower, Bill Brock.

BRODERICK: "Son of Roderick." Relatives: Rick, Brod, Roderick. Namesakes: Broderick Crawford, Matthew Broderick.

BROMLEY: Old English for "brush-covered meadow." Sounds like an ancestral castle. Relatives: Bromwell, Bromwood. Namesake: Mount Bromley.

BRONSON: Old English for "son of Brown." Relatives: Bronwyn, Bronwen. Namesakes: Bronson Pinchot, Amos Bronson Alcott, Charles Bronson.

BROOK: Old English for "stream." Everyone's favorite Princeton graduate, Brooke Shields, has made this name even more popular. Works for boys and girls with the "e" or the "s" ending. Relatives: Brooke, Brooks, Brookes. Namesakes: Brooke Astor, Brooks Atkinson, Brooks Brothers.

BROWN: Middle English for the color. A color name that is usually a surname. Relatives: Broun, Bruno, Bruin, Bruins. Namesakes: Brown Meggs, Heywood Hale Broun, Brown University.

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