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)

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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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)