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  1. BAR-JESUS: Anglicized form of Greek Bariesou, meaning "son of Jesus." In the New Testament bible, this is the name of a false prophet.
  2. BARNABY: Old English form of Greek Barnabas, meaning "son of exhortation." 
  3. BARNEY: English pet form of Bernard "bold as a bear" and Greek Barnabas "son of exhortation." 
  4. BARRET: English byname for a quarrelsome person. It became a surname, then transferred to a forename, derived from Middle English barat, a derivative of barater, meaning "to haggle," hence "haggler."
  5. BARRETT: Variant spelling of English Barret, meaning "haggler."
  6. BARRIE: Variant spelling of English Barry, meaning "fair-headed."
  7. BARRY: Anglicized form of Irish Gaelic Barra, meaning "fair-headed." 
  8. BART: Short form of English Bartholomew, meaning "son of Talmai."
  9. BARTHOLOMEW: English form of French Bartholomieu, meaning "son of Talmai." In the New Testament bible, this is the name of one of the twelve apostles.
  10. BARTLET: Diminutive form of English Bartholomew, meaning "son of Talmai."
  11. BARTLEY: Old English name meaning "Bart's (Bartholomew's) meadow."
  12. BARUCH: Anglicized form of Hebrew Baruwk, meaning "blessed." In the bible, this is the name of several characters, including a faithful attendant of Jeremiah to whom the apocryphal Book of Baruch is ascribed.
  13. BARZILAI: Anglicized form of Hebrew Barzillay, meaning "man of iron."
  14. BARZILLAI: Anglicized form of Hebrew Barzillay, meaning "man of iron." In the bible, this is the name of several characters, including a Gileadite leader who helped David against Absalom's rebellion.
  15. BAS: Short form of English Basil, meaning "king" or "basil (the herb)."
  16. BASIL: English form of French Basile, meaning "king." Also sometimes given as an herb name.
  17. BASSETT: English name derived from the Old French word basset, a byname for a short person, derived from a diminutive form of the word basse ("low, short"), hence, "shorty."
  18. BASTIAN: Short form of English Sebastian, meaning "from Sebaste."
  19. BAXTER: Old English occupational surname transferred to forename use, derived from the word b�cestre, "female baker," the feminine form of b�cere, "(male) baker."
  20. BAZ: Pet form of English Basil, meaning "king" or "basil (the herb)."
  21. BEAU: Originally an English pet name meaning "handsome," derived from the French word, beau, meaning "beautiful." Later, in the 19th century, it was used as a word meaning "admirer" or "sweetheart." Its use as a forename seems to have been due to Wren's novel Beau Geste (1924) and the character Beau Wilkes in Mitchell's Gone With the Wind (1936). 
  22. BEAVIS: Variant spelling of English Bevis, possibly meaning "shining one."
  23. BEDIVERE: Anglicized form of Welsh Bedwyr, possibly meaning "grave-knower," inferring "one who knows (Arthur's) grave." In Arthurian legend, this is the name of a Knight of the Round Table who returned Excalibur to the Lady of the Lake after King Arthur's death. Described as being one-handed, he was still an excellent warrior. In Welsh, his full name was Bedwyr Bedrydant, meaning "Bedivere of the Perfect Sinews."
  24. BEELZEBUB: Anglicized form of Greek Beelzeboul, meaning "lord of dung." In the New Testament bible, this is a name for Satan, the prince of evil spirits. 
  25. BELSHAZZAR: Anglicized form of Hebrew Belsha'tstsar, meaning "Ba'al protect the king." In the bible, this is the name of a king of Babylon at the time of its fall; he to whom Daniel interpreted the writing on the wall.
  26. BELTESHAZZAR: Anglicized form of Babylonian Beltesha'tstsar, meaning "Ba'al's prince." In the bible, this is Daniel the prophet's Babylonian name. 
  27. BEN: Short form of English Benjamin "son of the right hand" and Benedict "blessed." 

  28. BENAIAH: Anglicized form of Hebrew Benayah and Benayahu, meaning "God has built." In the bible, this is the name of the captain of David's guard and many other characters.

  29. BENEDICT: English form of French Bénédict, meaning "blessed." 

  30. BENET: Variant spelling of English Bennett, meaning "blessed." Compare with another form of Benet.

  31. BENETT: Variant spelling of English Bennett, meaning "blessed."

  32. BENJAMIN: Anglicized form of Greek Beniamín from Hebrew Binyamin, meaning "son of the right hand." In the bible, this is the name of one of the founders of the twelve tribes of Israel, the youngest of Jacob's twelve sons. His birth name was Benoni, given to him by his mother who died giving birth to him. Not wanting his son to bear such an ill-omened name, Jacob changed his name to Binyamin/Benjamin, because he was the only son born in southern Canaan instead of northern Mesopotamia. Compare with another form of Benjamin.

  33. BENJI: Pet form of English Benjamin, meaning "son of the right hand."

  34. BENJIE: Pet form of English Benjamin, meaning "son of the right hand."

  35. BENJY: Pet form of English Benjamin, meaning "son of the right hand."

  36. BENNET: Variant spelling of English Bennett, meaning "blessed."

  37. BENNETT: Medieval form of English Benedict, meaning "blessed." 

  38. BENNIE: Pet form of English Benjamin "son of the right hand" and Benedict "blessed."

  39. BENNY: Pet form of English Benjamin "son of the right hand" and Benedict "blessed."

  40. BEN-ONI: Anglicized form of Hebrew Ben-Owniy, meaning "son of my sorrow." In the bible, this is the name given to Benjamin by his mother Rachel as she died giving birth to him.

  41. BENONI: Anglicized form of Hebrew Ben-Owniy, meaning "son of my sorrow." In the bible, this is the name given to Benjamin by his mother Rachel as she died giving birth to him.

  42. BENSON: English surname transferred to forename use, meaning "son of Ben."

  43. BENTLEY: English surname transferred to forename use, derived from the name of various places composed of the Old English elements beonet, "bent grass" and lēah "clearing, meadow" hence "bent grass meadow."

  44. BENTON: English surname transferred to forename use, derived from the name of a place in Northumbria composed of the Old English elements beonet "bent grass" and tūn "enclosure; settlement," hence "bent grass settlement."

  45. BERKELEY: English habitational surname transferred to forename use, composed of the Old English elements be(o)rc "birch" and leah "clearing, meadow, pasture," hence "birch tree meadow."

  46. BERNARD: English form of Anglo-Saxon Beornheard, meaning "bold as a bear." Compare with another form of Bernard.

  47. BERNIE: Pet form of English Bernard, meaning "bold as a bear."

  48. BERRY: Variant spelling of English Barry, meaning "fair-headed." Compare with feminine Berry.

  49. BERT: Modern English name derived from Old English beorht, meaning "bright." Used as a short form of longer names containing the same element. 

  50. BERTIE: Pet form of English Bert, meaning "bright." Compare with feminine Bertie.

  51. BETHUEL: Anglicized form of Hebrew Bethuw'el, meaning "God destroys" or "man of God." In the bible, this is the name of a town and also the name of the father of Rebecca.

  52. BETUEL: Variant spelling of English Bethuel, meaning "God destroys" or "man of God."

  53. BEVAN: English surname transferred to forename use, from the Anglicized form of Welsh ap Iefan, meaning "son of Evan."

  54. BEVERLEY: English surname transferred to forename use, derived from the name of a place in Humberside composed of the Old English elements beofor "beaver" and lēac "stream," hence "beaver stream." The feminine form of the name is spelled without the second "e"--Beverly.

  55. BEVIS: English surname transferred to forename use, probably from the Old French place name Beauvais, in Oise, France which got its name from the Belgic tribe of the Bellovaci (Belovasci) that some say is the name of the Fir Bolg (the ancient Irish "shining ones") of Celtic mythology.

  56. BEZALEEL: Anglicized form of Hebrew Betsalel, meaning "in the shadow." In the bible, this is the name of a son of Uri who was one of the architects of the tabernacle, and the name of an Israelite. 

  57. BIFF: Originally an American English boxing term, this name was later used as a byname for a tough-guy. Finally it transferred to a forename, and it still carries the same original meaning, "a blow with the fist."

  58. BIGVAI: Anglicized form of Hebrew Bigvay, meaning "gardener, husbandman" or "in my bodies." In the bible, this is the name of a man who was a leader amongst the Babylonian exile returnees.

  59. BILL: Pet form of English William, meaning "will-helmet."

  60. BILLY: Pet form of English William, meaning "will-helmet."

  61. BLAIN: English surname transferred to forename use, derived from the old Scottish Gaelic personal name Bláán, meaning "little yellow one."

  62. BLAINE: Variant spelling of English Blain, meaning "little yellow one."

  63. BLAIZE: English variant spelling of French Blaise, meaning "talks with a lisp."
  64. BLAKE: Old English byname for a person having unusually dark or light hair or skin. It later became a surname then a popular forename. It comes from two Old English words: 1) bl�c "black," and, 2) blāc "white." It can therefore mean either "black" or "white." 
  65. BLAZE: Variant spelling of English Blaize, meaning "talks with a lisp."
  66. BLISS: Old English unisex name derived from the vocabulary word bliss, meaning "joy; happiness." 
  67. BLYTHE: Old English surname transferred to unisex forename use, derived from the word blīðe, meaning "cheerful, happy."
  68. BOAZ: Anglicized form of Hebrew Bo'az, meaning "swiftness." In the bible, this is the name of a Bethlehemite who married Ruth.
  69. BOB: Short form of English Robert, meaning "bright fame." 
  70. BOBBI: Unisex pet form of English Robert and Roberta, meaning "bright fame." 
  71. BOBBY: Pet form of English Robert, meaning "bright fame."
  72. BONIFACE: Short form of Latin Bonifatius, meaning "good destiny/fate." In use by the French and occasionally the English.
  73. BOOKER: English occupational surname transferred to forename use, originally denoting both a "book-binder" and a "scribe."
  74. BRAD: Short form of English names beginning with Brad-, from Old English brád, meaning "broad."
  75. BRADBURN: English surname transferred to forename use, composed of the Old English elements brad "broad" and burna "stream," hence "broad stream."
  76. BRADEN: English surname transferred to forename use, from an Anglicized form of Irish Gaelic Ó Bradain, meaning "descendant of Bradán," hence "salmon."
  77. BRADFORD: English habitational surname transferred to forename use, composed of the Old English elements brád "broad" and ford "ford, river crossing" hence "broad river crossing."
  78. BRADLEY: English habitational surname transferred to forename use, composed of the Old English elements brád "broad" and leah "meadow, woodland clearing," broad meadow."
  79. BRADY: Irish surname transferred to unisex forename use, derived from an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Brádaigh "descendant of Brádach," hence "large-chested."
  80. BRAEDEN: Variant spelling of English Braden, meaning "salmon."
  81. BRAIDEN: Variant spelling of English Braden, meaning "salmon." 
  82. BRAIDY: Variant spelling of English unisex Brady, possibly meaning "large-chested." 
  83. BRAN: Short form of English Brandon, meaning "broom-covered hill," and other names beginning with Bran-. Compare with other forms of Bran.
  84. BRANDEN: Variant spelling of English Brandon, meaning "broom-covered hill."
  85. BRANDON: English surname transferred to forename use, from the name of various places most of which were composed of the Old English elements brom "broom" and dun "hill," hence "broom-covered hill."
  86. BRANDT: English surname transferred to forename use, from Anglo-Saxon Brand, meaning "blade, sword."
  87. BRANNON: Variant spelling of English Brandon, meaning "broom-covered hill." 
  88. BRANT: Variant spelling of English Brandt, meaning "blade, sword."
  89. BRAYDEN: Variant spelling of English Braden, meaning "salmon." 
  90. BRENDAN: Anglicized form of Irish Gaelic Breándan, meaning "prince."
  91. BRENDEN: Variant spelling of English Brendan, meaning "prince."
  92. BRENDON: Variant spelling of English Brendan, meaning "prince."
  93. BRENNAN: Irish surname transferred to forename use, from an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Braonáin, "descendant of Braonán," hence "little drop." 
  94. BRENT: English surname transferred to forename use having several possible origins: 
    1. From an Old English byname for a criminal who had been "branded." For example, the surname Brendcheke "burned cheek" came from such a byname. 
    2. From a habitational name derived either from Old English brant "steep" or an old British Celtic word meaning "high place." 
    3. From a topographic name for someone who "lives by the ground cleared by fire," from Middle English brend, from brennan "to burn."
  95. BRENTON: Habitational surname transferred to forename use, composed of the Old English elements bryne, meaning "fire, flame," and tun "enclosure, settlement, town," hence "fire town."
  96. BRET: Variant spelling of English Brett, meaning "a Breton." 
  97. BRETT: English unisex name meaning, "a Breton."
  98. BRIAN: Old French derogatory byname derived from the Old Occitan word brian, meaning "maggot." Compare with another form of Brian.
  99. BRIAR: English unisex name derived from the plant name briar, from Old English brer, meaning "prickly bush."
  100. BRIGHAM: English surname transferred to forename use, from a place name composed of the Old English elements brycg "bridge" and ham "homestead," hence "homestead by the bridge."
  101. BRISCOE: English surname transferred to forename use, from the name of various places, most of which were composed of the Old Norse elements birki "birch" and sk�gr "wood," hence "birch wood."
  102. BRITTON: English surname transferred to forename use, meaning "from Britain."
  103. BROCK: Surname transferred to forename use, derived from Old English brocc meaning "badger."
  104. BRODERICK: Welsh surname transferred to forename use, from an Anglicized form of the personal name Rhydderch, meaning "reddish-brown." 
  105. BRODIE: Modern English variant spelling of Irish Brody, meaning "ditch." 
  106. BROOK: English surname transferred to unisex forename use, from Old English broc, meaning "brook, stream."
  107. BROOKE: Variant spelling of English unisex Brook, meaning "brook, stream."
  108. BROOKS: English surname transferred to forename use, meaning "of the brook."
  109. BROSE: Short form of English Ambrose, meaning "immortal."
  110. BRUCE: Scottish surname transferred to forename use, possibly meaning "woods; thicket." It was originally a Norman French baronial name but the exact location from which it was derived has not been identified and the number of possibilities are numerous. In use by the English.
  111. BRUNO: German name derived from the word braun, meaning "brown." In use by the English.
  112. BRUTUS: Roman Latin name meaning "heavy" or "the dullard." In use by the English.
  113. BRYAN: English surname transferred to forename use, derived from Irish Brian, meaning "high hill."
  114. BRYANT: English surname transferred to forename use, derived from Irish Brian, meaning "high hill."
  115. BRYON: Variant spelling of English Bryan, meaning "high hill."
  116. BUCK: From the American English pet name for a "high-spirited young man," from the vocabulary word buck, meaning  "male deer or goat."
  117. BUD: Short form of English Buddy, meaning "companion."
  118. BUDDY: English name derived from the vocabulary, which may be an altered form of "brother" or, more likely, a variant spelling of British butty, meaning "companion." 
  119. BURNEY: Irish surname transferred to forename use, from an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Biorna "son of Biorna," hence "bear."
  120. BURT: Short form of English Burton, meaning "fortified settlement."
  121. BURTON: English surname transferred to forename use, composed of the Old English elements burh "fortress, protection" and tun "enclosure, settlement," hence "fortified settlement."
  122. BUSTER: English slang term for someone who breaks things transferred to forename use, originally derived from the verb bust, meaning "to break, smash," hence "breaker, destroyer, smasher."
  123. BUTCH: Originally a short from of the occupational surname Butcher. Later it was used to address a stranger in a sort of derogatory manner. For example, "Listen here, Butch..."
  124. BUZ: Anglicized form of Hebrew Buwz, meaning "contempt." In the bible, this is the name of a son of Nachor.
  125. BYRNE: Irish surname transferred to forename use, from an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Broin "descendant of Bran," hence "raven."
  126. BYRON: English surname transferred to forename use, from the Old English phrase æt ðæm byrum ("at the byres or cattle-sheds"). The name was usually given to someone whose job it was to look after cattle.
  127. BYSSHE: English surname transferred to forename use, from a variant spelling of the surname Bush, meaning "bush."
  128. CADE: English surname transferred to forename use, originally a byname for someone or something "round and lumpy."
  129. CADEN: Irish surname transferred to forename use, from McCadden, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Cadáin "son of Cadán," hence "little battle." 
  130. CADENCE: English unisex name derived from the vocabulary word, from Latin cadens "to fall," hence "flow of rhythm."
  131. CADOGAN: Anglicized form of Welsh Cadwgawn, meaning "battle glory."
  132. CAIN: Anglicized form of Hebrew Qayin ("acquired, possessed") and Greek Kaïn ("maker; fabricator" i.e. "smith"). In the bible, this is the name of Adam and Eve's first son who killed his brother Abel
  133. CAINAN
    1. Anglicized form of Hebrew Qeynan, meaning "possession." In the bible, this is the name of a son of Enosh
    2. Anglicized form of Greek Kaïnam, meaning "their smith." In the New Testament bible, this is the name of a son of an ancestor of Christ.
  134. CAIRO: American English name derived from the name of the Egyptian city of Cairo, from Arabic al-Qāhira, meaning "victorious." 
  135. CAL: Short form of English Calvin "little bald one," and other names beginning with Cal-.
  136. CALDER: English surname transferred to forename use, probably from the place name Calder in Cumbria, composed of the Welsh elements caled "hard; violent," and dwfr "stream, water," hence "violent water."
  137. CALE: Short form of English Caleb, meaning "dog" or "rabid."
  138. CALEB: Anglicized form of Hebrew Kaleb, meaning "dog" or "rabid." In the bible, this is the name of one of the twelve spies sent into Israel by Moses.
  139. CALVERT: English occupational surname transferred to forename use, derived from Middle English calfhirde, meaning "calf-herder."
  140. CALVIN: English name derived from Latin Calvinus, meaning "little bald one."
  141. CAM: Short form of Scottish unisex Cameron ("crooked nose"), and other names beginning with Cam-.
  142. CAMDEN: English surname transferred to forename use, composed of the Old English elements camp "enclosure" and denu "valley," hence "enclosed valley."
  143. CAMERON: Scottish surname transferred to unisex forename use, from the name of the great Highland clans whose ancestor had an ungraceful proboscis, composed of the Gaelic elements cam "bent, crooked" and sròn "nose," hence "crooked nose."
  144. CAMP: English short form of Scottish Campbell, meaning "crooked mouth."
  145. CAMPION: Norman French surname transferred to English forename use, derived from the word campion, which was originally a status name for a professional "champion."
  146. CAMRON: English masculine variant spelling of Scottish Cameron, meaning "crooked nose."
  147. CANAN: Anglicized form of Hebrew Chanan, meaning "compassionate, merciful." In the bible, this is the name of many characters, including a chief of the tribe of Benjamin
  148. CARBREY: Anglicized form of Gaelic Cairbre, meaning "charioteer." In Irish and Scottish use.
  149. CARBRY: Variant spelling of English Carbrey, meaning "charioteer."
  150. CAREY: Variant spelling of English unisex Cary, meaning "dark one." 

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