Braulio

Braulio is a Spanish and Galician male name whose most significant namesake was Braulio of Zaragoza who was a Bishop of Zaragoza who lived in the Kingdom of the Visigoths. The origin of the name is uncertain- it could have derived from Proto-Germanic *brandaz (fire; firebrand; sword).

It’s also possible that Braulio may be related to Spanish brillar “to shine, glow, to sparkle” via Italian brillare (to shine, sparkle) < Latin beryllus, berillus (beryl) < Ancient Greek berullos which ultimately seems to be derived from a Dravidian origin.

Origin: uncertain

Meaning: uncertain though it’s been linked to Proto-Germanic “fire; firebrand; sword” or “to shine”, “shining”

Usage: Spanish, Galician

Variants:

  • Bráulio (Portuguese)

Bleuette

Bleuette is a French female name, a combination of the French word bleu “blue” combined with the diminutive suffix -ette, so the name would essentially mean “little blue”. Bleuette was the name of a doll produced in France from 1905 to 1960.

Spelled Bleuet, it’s the French word for “cornflower” and is also the Canadian French word for “blueberry”. In France, the bleuet de France is the national symbol of remembrance for veterans, victims of war, widows, and orphans.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: “little blue (one)”; spelled Bleuet it means “cornflower” in French and is the Canadian French word for “blueberry”

Usage: French

Variants:

  • Bleuet (French)

Björk

Björk is an Icelandic and Swedish female name meaning “birch tree” via Old Norse bjǫrk (birch) via Proto-Germanic *berkō which ultimately derives from a PIE origin.

Björk (also spelled Bjork) is also a Swedish and Norwegian surname, a locational name for someone who lived near some birch trees.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: “birch tree”

Usage: Icelandic, Swedish

Pronunciation: b-yurk (Forvo)

Variants:

  • Bjørk (Norwegian, Danish, Faroese)
  • Bjork (anglicized spelling of the name)

Male forms:

  • Birkir (Icelandic)
  • Bjarki (Icelandic)

Björn

Björn is a Swedish and Icelandic male name meaning “bear” via Old Norse bjǫrn (bear) via Proto-Germanic *berô (bear) via a PIE root word.

Björn is also a Swedish surname originating from the given name.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: “bear”

Usage: Swedish, Icelandic, German, Dutch)

Pronunciation: b-yorn; Forvo

Variants:

  • Bjoern (German)
  • Bjørn (Danish, Norwegian)
  • Bjǫrn (Old Norse, Ancient Scandinavian)
  • Bjarni (Icelandic, Faroese, Ancient Scandinavian)
  • Bjarne (Danish, Norwegian, Swedish)

Breixo

Breixo is a Galician male name, the Galician form of Portuguese Veríssimo via Latin Verissimus meaning “very true” via Proto-Italic *wēros (true) derived from PIE root word *weh₁- (true).

Breixo is also incidentally a Galician word meaning “heather” which derives from Proto-Celtic *wroikos (heather) which ultimately derives from an unknown source.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European; Proto-Celtic via an unknown loanword

Meaning: “very true”; also a Galician word “heather”

Usage: Galician

Pronunciation: bray-sho; Forvo

Variants:

  • Veríssimo (Portuguese)
  • Verissimus (Late Roman)

Female forms:

  • Verissima (Late Roman)
  • Veríssima (Portuguese)

Berengaria

Berengaria is the Latinized feminine form of Berengar, an Ancient Germanic name made up of Proto-Germanic berô (bear) and Proto-Germanic *gaizaz (spear), both of which derive from a PIE source.

Berengaria seems to have been a popular name among Spanish royalty, the name of several queen consorts and daughters of Castilian kings and queens.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: “bear + spear”

Usage: Spanish, Italian

Variants:

  • Bérengère (French)

Male forms:

  • Bérenger (French)
  • Berengar (Ancient Germanic)
  • Berenguer (Catalan)
  • Berengario (Italian)
  • Berengier (Occitan)
  • Berenguier (Occitan)

Brisa

Brisa is a Spanish, Portuguese, Galician, and Catalan word meaning “breeze”, referring to a light gentle wind. The word comes via Old Spanish briza, itself of uncertain origin.

Brisa could also have originated as a shortened form of Briseida, the Medieval English form of Ancient Greek Briseis,a patronymic meaning “daughter of Briseus” because her father’s name was Briseus. The name itself is of uncertain meaning though it could be related to Greek britho meaning “to be weighed down (with something) and “to prevail”.

Origin: uncertain

Meaning: from a Spanish and Portuguese word “breeze”; could also have originated as a shortened form of Briseida, uncertain though it’s been linked to Greek britho “to be weighed down (with something)” or “to prevail”

Usage: Spanish

Birch

Birch is the name of any of various trees in the genus Betula. It comes from English birċe, bierċe (birch) via Proto-Germanic *birkijǭ which ultimately derives from a PIE root word meaning “to shine”.

Birch is also a surname originating as a locational/topographical name for someone who lived near some birch trees.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: “birch (tree)” 

Usage: English

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Brandon

Brandon comes from an English surname, a locational name for any of several places called Brandon. The name is composed of Old English elements brōm (broom) and dūn (hill), essentially meaning “hill covered with broom”, likely in reference to a place covered with gorse or broom shrubs. However, the town of Brandon in Lincolnshire seems to have gotten its name from Old English brant (tall, high, steep) which seems to be in reference to the steep banks of a river nearby.

However, Brandon is also a French surname which in this case comes from Old French brandon meaning “firebrand”, referring to a piece of burning wood or other burning material; it can also be used to refer to someone who causes trouble, a troublemaker or agitator. It derives from Frankish *brand (fire, flame) as well as also being a poetic word for “sword”; via Proto-Germanic *brandaz (fire; firebrand; torch; sword) ultimately derived from a PIE root word.

In some cases, Brandon could also be used as an anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Breandáin meaning “son of Breandán”, the latter a variant of Irish name Brendan meaning “prince, king” via Proto-Celtic *brigantīnos, a diminutive of *brigantī (high, exalted) which derives from a PIE root word.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: a surname with a few possible origins: “broom hill” or essentially “hill covered with broom”; “steep hill”; a French surname “firebrand”; also an anglicized form of Gaelic surname Mac Breandáin “son of Breandán”, Breandán meaning “prince, king”

Usage: English

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Variants:

  • Branden (English)
  • Brendan (Irish, English, Breton)

Betty

Betty originated as a nickname for Elizabeth, the English form of Ancient Greek Elisabet, a transliteration of Hebrew Elisheva. It’s composed of Hebrew el אֵל (god), which derives from Proto-Semitic *’il-(god, deity) and sh’ba שְׁבוּעָה (oath).

In the Bible, Elizabeth was the mother of John the Baptist, the wife of Zachariah.

Origin: Proto-Semitic, Hebrew

Meaning: “god is an oath” or “god is my oath”

Usage: English

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Variants:

  • Bettie (English)
  • Betti (English)
  • Bette (English)
  • Elizabeth (English)
  • Elisabeth (German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, English)
  • Elsabeth (English)
  • Elyzabeth (English)
  • Elisabet (Greek, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Spanish)
  • Elisheva (Hebrew)
  • Isabel (Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, English)
  • Isabella (Italian, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Romanian, English)