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BaalBa'al in Syria (Kanaan): Lord, master, god.
Each Pantheon of each city had as highest god Baal, f.e. Baal-Gad, Baal-Chasor, Baal-Peor, Baal of Sidon, Baal of Tyros, etc. Baal was the god of thunderstorm, the rain, the wind and storm and of fertility.
BabaSwahili: father.
The name is well-known in the Slav mythology as name of the witch Baba Jaga (Baba Yaga) and became famous through the composition for piano "Pictures of an exhibition" composed by the Russian composer Modest Mussorski (1839-1881) after the paintings of Viktor Hartmann (1834-1873).
BabetteFrench form of Barbara
Babooother form of Babu
BabouschkaRussian: grandma. A Russian wooden figure, which carries a smaller figure inside, which carries a more smaller figure inside, and so on.
Babsypet name for Barbara
BabuSwahili: grandfather; Hindi: Sir
Baby DollFilm after a book of Tennessee Williams (27 Wagonloads of cotton) (1911-1983) under the direction of Elia Kazan, 1956. After this film a dessous for the night got its name.
Baby JaneAbout 1915 Jane Hudson was a very famous child-star under her nickname Baby Jane, but she could not continue her career, when she grew up. "What ever happened to Baby Jane?" is the well-known psychothriller, produced by Warner Brothers after the novel of Henry Farrell, the main actresses were Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, playing the two sisters Blanche Hudson and Jane Hudson.
BacardFrench form of Bagwald, Old High German: Bagward: bagan=fight/ward=governor
BacardiIs a company located on the Bermudas, which trades white rum and rum mix-drinks under the same name. Originally the company was founded 1862 by Facundo Bacardi Massó (1814-1887) in Santiago de Cuba. After the Cuban revolution in 1960 the whole family of the company, named Arechebalda, emigrated with the receivership to the USA.
Bacchoother form of writing the word Bacchus
BacchusSecond name of the god Dionysos of the Greek mythology, name in Roman mythology: god of wine and vegetation.
In painting Bacchus is often depicted eating a bunch of grapes and surrounded by satyrs. Roman festivals were called Bacchanalia.
Dionysos was worshiped at Delphi and at the spring festival, the Great Dionysia.
BaccoItalian writing for Bacchus
BacioItalian: the kiss
Bad Catin an extended sense: not Lady-like. Book about the bad habits of cats, issued in 2004, from Jim Edgar (programmer at Microsoft).
A TV-30-minute-cartoon: An "ABC Weekend Special" story of a teenaged feline with a nose for trouble, produced by Ruby-Spears (first telecast in 1984).
Bad Kittycomics from the USA, issued by Chaos Comics
BadgerThe word became famous, after the flash animation of Jonti Picking was published in September, 5th of 2003, where badgers, mushrooms and a snake move rythmically after a text free of any sense ("Badger Badger Badger") in the style of Dadaism .
BaekiFrom the Korean sports of Hankumdo (the way of the sword): the stroke.
BagelA pastry in form of a ring, made of leavened dough. The bagel originates back to the 16th or 17th century in Poland and was made by the Jewish population.
Bejgel: stirrup.
According to the legend an Austrian baker made a round bread and gave it 1683 to the Polish king Jan Sobieski to express his gratitude for the victory over the Turcs, the bread was called Beugal. 1880 Jewish emigrants brought their pastry to the USA.
Bagheerathe black panther (Hindi: the panther) of Joseph Rudyard Kipling's (1865-1936) novel "The Jungle Book" (1894) and the motion pictures of Disney (1967)
Baghiraother written form of Bagheera
BagpussIs a pink and white striped cloth-cat invented in 1974 by Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate for a British TV-series. Bagpuss and his friends lived in a fictional shop which did not sell anything but was filled with lost items found by seven-year-old Emily, Mr Firmin's real-life daughter.
BainFrench: le bain = the bath
BaiserFrench: baiser = the kiss.
In Switzerland and France named as Meringues (after Meiringen, a city in the upper lands around Bern) are a pastry made of the white of the egg beaten to froth and suggared. Probably invented in 1600 by the Italien pastry maker Gaspari. Besides the French king Louis XV Meringues were also well known by the English queen. Her saying "Oh, that's like a kiss" is said to give that pastry its name after the French word baider.
BajadèreBajaderes (from the Portuguese word bailadeira) had been Indian dancers, which performed as Devadasis (maidens of god) in masses and also in secular perfomances.Well-known from Goethe's (1749-1832) ballad: The God and the Bajadere (1797).
Also famous from Marius Petipa's (1818-1910, French-born Russian dancer and choreographer at the Imperial Theatre in St. Petersburg) classic choreography of Léon Minkus' (born as Aloisius Ludwig Minkus 1826-1917): La Bayadère (1877).
BajanRussian: the name for a singing poet (=the minstrel, the Celtic word is: bard)
An English-based creole language spoken in Barbados (shortening of Barbadian).
BajazzoEither derived from the French pailasse (=sack with straw) or the Italian baja (=fun).
The Italian word Pagliaccio means a clown with wide white clothes, a pointed felt hat on his head and with a white painted face with large red lips.
Pagliacci: opera from Ruggiero Leoncavallo (1857-1919).
BalalaicaBalalaika: A Russian musical instrument with a triangular body and three strings that produces sounds similar to those of a mandolin, developed in the 18th century from the dombra ((2-stringed instrument from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan).
Russian balalaika, of Turkic origin.
BaldrickOld Nordic: baldrekr=the belt; refer also to Baldric
BaldurBaldur, Balder, Baldr. Nordic mythology: god of light and peace
The beautiful son of Odin and Frigg. He could be harmed by nothing except mistletoe. Deceived by Loki, the blind god Hödr hurled mistletoe at Balder and killed him. The giantess Thökk, probably Loki in disguise, refused to weep the tears that would have released Balder from the underworld. It was prophesied, however, that after Ragnarok (the doom of the gods) Balder would return to heaven.
See the Prose Edda, known also as the Younger Edda or Snorri's Edda, written by the Icelandic scholar and historian Snorri Sturluson around 1220.
BaliIsland in Indonesia east of Java.
Hinduism: The Bali is a Daitya, a race of giants and enemies of the gods, who claimed all of the heavens, earth and the underworld.
BalkiOld Norwegian saga name: son of Blæng; from the saga "Grettir the strong" (Grettis saga, Grettla, Grettir's Saga), an Icelanders' saga, written around 1320, tells about the life of Grettir Ásmundarson, an Icelandic warrior, who became an outlaw.
BalladeGerman word for ballad.
A narrative poem, often of folk origin and intended to be sung, consisting of simple stanzas and usually having a refrain.
Two forms of the ballad are often distinguished:
The anonymous folk ballad, dating from about the 12th century, or popular ballad was composed to be sung. It was passed along orally from singer to singer, from generation to generation, and from one region to another. During this tradition a particular ballad could undergo many change, in both the words and the tune.
The literary ballad is a narrative, elaborate and more complex poem created by a poet in imitation of the old anonymous folk ballad, dating from the late 18th century.
BallantineThe company was founded in 1840 in Newark, New Jersey by Peter Ballantine (1781-1883), who emigrated from Scotland. It was best known for Ballantine Ale, a pale ale that is one of the oldest brands of beer in the United States. In the 1960s the breweries were closed, the brand name was sold in 2005.
BallerinaA principal woman dancer in a ballet company.
Italian from ballare = to dance, from Late Latin ballare, from Greek ballizein.
BalooBaloo (Hindi: Balu) the bear of Joseph Rudyard Kipling's (1865-1936) novel "The Jungle Book" (1894) and the motion pictures of Disney (1967).
Balouother form of Baloo
Balthasaother form of Balthazar
BalthasarBabylonic (Phoenician): may God (Baal) protect the king.
The 3 Holy Kings: Balthasar, Melchior and Kaspar.
Balthazaother form of Balthazar
Bam BamReggae composed in 1988 by DJ Tiger (Norman "Tiger" Jackson).
Bamaother name for Burma (Mynmar), the largest group of the population are the Bamar.
BambiGerman pet name for a fawn.
Derived from Italian bambina meaning "young girl".
This was the name of a deer in a motion pictures by Walt Disney in 1942, after the story from the Austrian of Jewish origin Felix Salten (born as Siegmund Salzmann, 1869-1945) Bambi, A Life in the Woods (1923).
BambinaItalian feminine form: child, young girl
BambinoItalian masculine form of Bambina: child, young boy
Italian diminutive of bambo = child.
BambolaItalian: the doll
BamseThe name Bamse comes from a Scandinavian word, meaning "bear" or "teddybear".
Bamse - Världens starkaste och snällaste björn ("The world's strongest and kindest bear") is a Swedish fictional cartoon character created by Rune Andréasson, as a series of television short films, the first in 1966, published periodically in its own magazine since 1973. Bamse is a brown bear, who gains super strength by eating a batch of honey called dunderhonung ("thunder honey"), specially prepared for him by his grandmother. Bamse's best friends are Lille Skutt ("Little Hop"), a very fast but notoriously frightened white rabbit, and Skalman ("Shellman"), an ingenious tortoise, who invents all sorts of machines, including a food-and-sleep clock, spacecraft and time machines, and stores just about anything in his carapace.
BanditGerman: robber, gangster, outlaw
Italian bandito, from bandire = to band together, of Germanic origin
Banga sudden loud noise, as of an explosion
probably from Old Norse bang = a hammering
BanjoPlucked stringed musical instrument of African origin from the middle of the 18th century. According to a 1740 history of Jamaica it says that Africans, who were brought there, had "other musical instruments", as a Banjil. The banjo was well established in the North American colonies, when a Virginian noted it as entertainment at a party in 1774, played by two Negroes. It might be an adaptation of a Portuguese guitar, the banza, brought to West Africa in the 1600s. It became the basic for American instrumental music in the later development of forms as diverse as Jazz (1913) and Bluegrass (1950).
Related to Jamaican English banja = fiddle; probably related to Kimbundu and Tshiluba mbanza = a plucked stringed instrument.
BansheeGaelic: bean.
She is a figure of the Celtic (Irish) saga. Mostly she appears as young woman with long hairs, but also as old woman dressed in ragged clothes. She always has red eyes from weaping. If one hears her weaping during the night in front of the house, it is said that a family member will die on the next day.
BanzaiJapanese: Patriotic cheer. Swahili: lurking.
Name of one of the three hyenas from the Disney film "The king of the lions", produced in 1994.
BaraccaItalian: barrack
BarbarellaThe main character of the science fiction comics "Barbarella" from Jean-Claude Forest, written in 1962.
BarbarossaItalian: red beard.
Suffix of king Friedrich I. Barbarossa (1155-1190) of the Holy Roman Empire.
BarbebleuFrench: barbe bleu = Blue-Beard.
Very famous is the legend of Blue-Beard from the fairy collection of Charles Perrault (1697). The legend of the famous-infamous knight Blue-Beard is based loosely on the life of Gilles de Rais (1404-1440), the aristocratic companion of Jeanne d’Arc.
BarberinaBarberina was the artist's name of the Italian dancer Barbara Campanini (1721–1799), who was engaged by Frederick II. the Great (1712-1786), king of Prussia, to his new Royal Opera house in Berlin from 1744-1748.
Barbieshort form and pet name of Barbara
A plastic doll with the figure of an adult woman that was introduced at the American International Toy Fair in 1959 by Mattel, Inc., a southern California toy company. Ruth Handler, who cofounded Mattel with her husband, Elliot, spearheaded the introduction of the doll.
BarcaroleItalian: barca=boat.
Originally a Venetian gondola song. Starting with the 19th century the name was used in the European music for vocal and instrumental music compositions. Composers, who composed Barcaroles for the piano, were Frédéric (Fryderyk Franciszek) Chopin(1810-1849) and Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847). A very famous vocal Barcarole is in the begin of the 4th act of the opera from Jaques (Jakob) Offenbach (1819-1880) The Tales of Hoffmann (Les Contes d'Hoffmann, 1881 posthumous).
BardeCeltic tribal poet-singer gifted in composing and reciting verses of eulogy and satire or of heroes and their deeds. The institution died out in Gaul but survived in Ireland, where bards have preserved a tradition of chanting poetic eulogy, and in Wales, where the bardic order was codified into distinct grades in the 10th century. The Welsh tradition continued and is still celebrated in the annual National Eisteddfod (Welsh : eisted =, sitting + bod = to be)
Middle English barde, from Old French, from Old Italian barda, from Arabic barda‘a = packsaddle, from Persian pardah.
Baritona male voice between bass and tenor, origine goes back to the 15th century
Barkyderived from the word bark
Bärlipet form of the German word Bär = bear
Barnebyother form of Barnaby, Barnabas,
Hebrew: son of a prophecy
Barnet(t)Old English: of noble birth; also: district in London
Barneyother form of the Old English name Barnet, short form of Barnabas, Bernard, Barnaby
Baronoriginating from the German masculine title for a lower aristocratic
Old High German: baro=free man
BaroneItalian masculine form: baron
There is also the Fortress Barone in Croatia (Fortress Šubicevac) at the city of Šibenik, which was built in 1649 and named after the German general Kristofor Marin Baron Degenfeld, who defended the city against the Turcs.
Baronessin German meaning Baroness = daugther of the Baron; in Englisch: the wife (or widow) of a baron
BaronessaItalian femine form: baroness
Bartshortform of Bartholomew, also an abbreviation of baronet (ranks below a baron, first created by James I in 1611)
This name is borne by a cartoon boy on the television series 'The Simpsons', created by Matt Groening and produced by James L. Brooks and appeared first on TV on the Fox network in 1989.
Bartlesshortform of Bartholomew (martyr)
BasDutch maskuline short form of Sebastiaan (=Sebastianus)
BasiaPolish pet name of Barbara, Jewish pet name of Batyah
BasilDerived from Greek basileus = king.
Arabic: brave, valiant
Saint Basil the Great (Basilius of Caesarea) 329-379, from a Christian family in Cappadocia, brother of St. Gregory of Nyssa, is called one of the Four Fathers of the Greek church. He preached under the Byzantine emperor Valens (364–378), who believed in Arianism, against the Arianism and became bishop of Caesarea in 370. Known for his Longer and Shorter Rules for monks about askesis, on which the life of Basilian (=orthodox) monks still is based. Known also for his works De Spiritu Sancto (On the Holy Spirit) and the Refutation of the Apology of the Impious Eunomius, both written around 363/364. Famous for his Hexaemeron, the preaches about the Genesis (the belief, that the earth was created in 6 days), written between 370 to 378.
This was also the name of Byzantine emperors: Basileios I. (the Macedonian) 867–886, Basileios II. (Bulgaroktónos = the one, who killed the Bulgarians) 976–1025.
BasilioItalian and Spanish form of Basil
BasiliusGreek masculine form: the Royal; refer to Basil
BastetAlso spelt as Bast, Ubast(i) and Pasht, she was an Egyptian goddess, daughter of Ra, worshiped first as a lioness since the 2nd dynasty (around 3000 BC) and later as a cat. Her nature being the goddess of war changed after the domestication of the cat about 1500 BC. to being the goddess of the home. Cults were at Bubastis (=Per-Bast, mentioned as Pi-beseth in Ezekiel 30.17) in the Nile delta and at Memphis. In the Late and Ptolemaic periods large cemeteries of mummified cats were created at both sites, and thousands of bronze statuettes of the goddess were deposited as votive offerings.
Bastet is represented as a lioness or a woman with a cat's head, usually holding a bag, a breastplate, and a sistrum (wire rattle). The Romans carried her cult to Italy.
Basticity in the Basti district in Uttar Pradesh (Indian state)
BastianGerman masculine short form of Sebastian
BastienFrench masculine form of Bastian
BastienneFrench feminine form of Sebastian, Greek: the honorable woman
Bastionfortification projecting outward from the main enclosure of a fortification. The first bastions were built at the end of the 15th century in intaly after the plans of Giuliano da Sangallo. About 1530 a bastion was built in Vienna's Hofburg, and in 1538 the building of bastions on the city wall of Nuremburg was started under the direction of Antonio Fazzuni.
BastuSwedish: bathing room, strokes; Finnish: sauna
BatfaceThere exists als a plant called Batface cuphea (Cuphea llavea).
BathildaSaint Balthild, also known as Bathilde d'Ascagnie, Batilde, Bathylle, Bathild, or Bathilda (626 or 627 - 680), was the wife and queen of Clovis II (in German: Chlodwig) from the Merovingian dynasty, king of Burgundy and Neustria (639-658).
Her name comes from Old English: bold battle.
BathshebaBathsheba, also spelled as Batseba, Bathseba, in Hebrew spelled as Batscheba, is the wife of Uriah the Hittite, and later the wife of King David, king of Israel. From this marriage the later King Solomon was born.
Bathsheba means seventh daughter or daughter of the oath.
In the 1st book of Chronicles 3:5 (one book of the Old Testament) she is called Bath-shua.
Batidaname of a mix-drink in Brazil between alcohol and juice
Batmanold English word
Obsolete bat = packsaddle, (from French bât, from Old French bast, from Late Latin bastum) + man
The superhero Batman was the brainchild of cartoonist Bob Kane. The character first appeared in Detective Comics in 1939, and was such a hit that Batman comics remained in print throughout the 20th century.
The 1960s live-action TV series was played for laughs, with Adam West as Batman and nutty celebrity villains including Zsa Zsa Gabor as Minerva and Roddy McDowall as the Bookworm, Yvonne Craig as Batgirl.
Later Batman was reinvigorated by the 1986 publication of Frank Miller's gloomy, acerbic graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns.
Miller's work inspired a darkly popular Batman film, directed by Tim Burton in 1989 and starring Michael Keaton as the caped crusader and Jack Nicholson as the Joker.
In 2005 yet another century of Batman started with the film Batman Begins, starring Christian Bale as Batman and Michael Caine as his faithful butler, Alfred.
Battinaprobably the pet form for feminine names, derived from the word "bat"
BauciItalian form of Baucis
a language of Nigeria, also spelled as Bauchi, Baushi
Baucisknown from the Greek mythology as Philemon and Baucis, an old couple, which hosted the gods Zeus and Hermes in his poor little house; refer also to Ovid's Metamorphose (VIII, 611) .
BaudelaireFrench poet: Charles Baudelaire 1821-1867, Les fleurs du Mal (1857, The Flowers of Evil) is his best known poetry, he also translated the poetry of Edgar Allen Poe into French.
BaxterOld English: the baker
Middle English: bakstere or bakestre; from Anglo-Saxon: bæcestre, feminine form of bæcere= baker
Beashort form for Beate, Beatrice, Beatrix
Beanerbean eater, bean nigger, bean
United States: an offensive term for persons of Hispanic background
Carlos Mencia (born as Ned Arnel Mencia 1967 in Honduras), Latino-American comedian and writer, frequently uses this term in his comedy acts.
BeateLatin feminine form: beata = happy, blessed
BeatoLatin masculine form: beatus = happy, blessed
BeatriceEnglish, Italian feminine form of Beatrix
Beatrice is Dante's (Dante Alighieri, 1265-1321) guide through paradise in his monumental epic poem La Divina Comedia (The Divine Comedy, 1310-1314).
This is also the name of a character in William Shakespeare's (1564-1616) comedy Much Ado About Nothing (or As You Like It, aourn 1599 or early 1600).
BeatrixFrom Viatrix, a feminine form of the Late Latin name Viator = voyager, traveller. The spelling of the name was altered by association with the Latin word beatus = blessed.
This was the name of various saints, f.e.
Saint Beatrix, a Roman virgin and martyr under the Roman emperor Lucretius.
Saint Beatrix d'Este, died 1262 as Benedictine nun at San Lazzaro, outside Ferrara.
Blessed Beatrix, a Cistercian nun, first prioress of the convent called Nazareth near Lier in Brabant, died 1269.
Blessed Beatrix d'Ornacieux (died about 1306 or 1309) was a Carthusian nun and strangled to death.
Blessed Beatrix da Silva (Blessed Brites in Portugal), a Portuguese Dominican nun, died 1490 in Toledo.
BeauFrench: le beau = the beautiful man of the (high) society, a dandy
French from beau, bel = handsome, from Latin bellus
Beaujolaislight French red wine from southern Burgundy
Beauty Girl 
BeckyEnglish pet name of Rebecca
BeethovenGerman-Austrian composer: Ludwig van Beethoven 1770-1827, some of his famous symphonies are the Third Symphony (Eroica, 1803), Sixth symphony (Pastorale, 1808), Ninth Symphony (Choral, 1817–24) with its choral finale based on Schiller's Ode to Joy, the piano sonatas Pathétique (1798), Moonlight Sonata (1801), Waldstein Sonata (1804) and the Appassionata (1804), the Bagatelle For Elise (1808), the opera Fidelio (1805, 1814), Missa Solemnis (1818-1823).
Beethoven is a movie about a St. Bernard dog named after the composer Ludwig van Beethoven, released 1992.
BefanaItalian: derived from Epifania, in the people's believing the name of a feminine witch of friendly character, who brings gifts to children, punishes and spukes. The name has its origin in the feast of Epiphany.
Begonianame of the flower Begonia coccinea
New Latin Begonia, genus name after Michel Bégon (1638–1710), French governor in the West Indies.
BegumTurkish title for princess, the main (first) woman of the Khan
Urdu begam, from East Turkic begüm = mistress, first person singular possessive of beg = master.
BèlaHungarian form of Adalbert
BelAmiFrench: bel ami = the nice friend. Novel from Guy de Maupassant (1850 - 1893), issued in 1885, describes the professional and social advancement of the former non-commissioned officer Georges Duroy in Paris at the end of the 19th century.
BelcantoItalian music term of singing (beautiful singing). It refers to the art and science of vocal technique, which originated in Italy during the late sixteenth century and reached its peak in the early nineteenth century during the Bel Canto opera era, see Gioachino Antonio Rossini (1792-1868), Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835), and Domenico Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848).
The sopranos Maria Callas (1923-1977) and Dame Joan Sutherland (born 1926) were probably the best-known bel canto singers.
BelitaGladys Lyne Jepson-Turner (Belita) (1923-2005). Belita was an English Olympic ice-skater, dancer and early film actress. She skated for Britain in the 1936 Olympics. Her appearances as actress included Silver Skates (1943), Lady, Let's Dance (1944) and Suspense (1946), she appeared also with Clark Gable in Never Let Me Go (1953).
Belizeformer British Honduras (state in Middle America). The name of the state may be derived from the spanish spelling of the name of Peter Wallece. This pirate founded in 1638 the first English settlement at the delta of the Belize river.
Bellashort form of Annabell, Arabell, Isabell
BelladonnaAtropa belladonna: deadly-nightshade
BellayJoachim du Bellay (around 1522-1560) was a French poet, critic and a member of the Pléiade.
Belle AmieFrench feminine form: beautiful friend
Belle de JourBelle de Jour (Beauty of the Day) is a 1967 French film starring Catherine Deneuve. The film was directed by the Spanish director Luis Buñuel. It is based on the 1928 novel of the same name by Joseph Kessel (1898-1979, French journalist and novelist).
Belle FleurBelle Fleur (Beautiful Flower) is a novel, written by American writer Joyce Carol Oats (born 1938) in 1980.
BellindaBellynda, Belynda, Belinda.
The first element could be related Italian bella = beautiful. The second element could be related to Germanic lind = serpent, dragon or linde = soft, tender. First used by English writer Alexander Pope (1688-1744) in his poem The Rape of the Lock (1712).
BelliniName of an illustrious family of Venetian painters in the Renaissance, including Jacopo (about 1400-1470) and his two sons, Gentile (1429-1507) and Giovanni (about 1430-1516).
Name of the Italian opera composer Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835). His most celebrated works are the operas La Sonnambula (The sleepwaker) and Norma (both 1831).
BellissimaItalian feminine name: the most beautiful
BelmondoItalian: beautiful world
Famous bearer of this name is Jean-Paul Belmondo, French actor (born 1933).
BelreguardoItalian dance for a couple of the 15th century, Renaissance, by Domenico da Piacenza: Belreguardo nuovo
BelsazarBelshazzar (or Baltasar; in Akkadian called Bel-sarra-usur), is coregent of Babylon and the son of Nabonidus, who was the last king of Babylon. In the book of Daniel he is referred as son of Nebuchadrezzar. In this biblical story Belshazzar holds a last great feast, at which he sees a hand writing on the wall with the Aramaic words “mene, mene, tekel, upharsin", which Daniel thinks is a judgment from God foretelling the fall of Babylon. Belshazzar died after Babylon fell to the Persians in 539 BC.
BelvedereBelvedere (Italian: beautiful view, see in French: Bellevue) was a building built on at a view point, mostly a country seat. The name is in use since the Renaissance. The first villa called Belvedere was a wing of the Vatican palace built (1485-1487) for Innocent VIII (pope from 1484-1492), the court of the Belevedere was designed (1503-4) by Donato Bramante (1444-1514) for Julius II (pope from 1503-1513).
Ben Hurmeans: son of Hur
Ben: in Hebrew: son
Hur: In the Book of Exodus (Old Testament) he was a member of the Tribe of Judah. He was chosen to go with Moses and Aaron to the top of a mountain during the war against Amalek.
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ is the famous novel by General Lew Wallace (1827-1905), published in 1880.
Ben-Hur: The famous film after this novel, released 1959, directed by William Wyler, starring Charlton Heston, Stephen Boyd, Jack Hawkins, Haya Harareet, Hugh Griffith.
BenedettaItalian femine form of Benedikt
Benedikt, Benedictmasculine first name: blessed
From the Late Latin name Benedictus = blessed.
Saint Benedict was an Italian monk who founded the Benedictines in the 6th century. This was also the name of 15 popes.
BenitaSpanish feminine form of Benedikta (Latin: benedicta=blessed)
BenitoItalian, Spanish form of Benedikt (Latin benedictus=blessed)
BenjaminHebrew name Binyamin = son of the south or son of the right hand.
Benjamin in the Old Testament was the twelfth and youngest son of Jacob and the founder of one of the southern tribes of the Hebrews.
Bennoshort name and pet name for Bernhard, short form of German names commencing with "Bern-" (=the bear)
Saint Benno of Meissen (1010-1106), bishop of Meissen and ardent supporter of Pope Gregory VII = Saint Gregor (pope from 1073-1085, an Italian born as Hildebrand, Italian: Ildebrando) against Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV.
Bennyshort form for Benjamin, Benedict
Bensonderived from the surname Benson: son of Benedict
BentleyFrom a surname which was derived from a place name, in Old English meaning "clearing covered with bent grass".
BenvolioMeaning: well-wisher.
Benvolio is a character in William Shakespeare's (1564-1616) tragedy 'Romeo and Juliet', Romeo's cousin and Lord Montague's nephew, best friend of Romeo and Mercutio.
BeppoGerman short form of the Italian name Guiseppe (=Joseph)
BerceuseFrench: lullaby
A soothing musical composition, usually in 6/8 time.
French, feminine of berceur = cradle rocker, from bercer = to rock, from Vulgar Latin bertiare.
BerengarBerengar I. of Friuli (about 840-924) was one of nine children of Eberhard, Margrave of Friuli (died 866) and his wife Gisela (died 874), daughter of Louis the Pious. He became king of the Langobards (King of Italy) in 888 and was crowned by the pope as Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire in 915.
Berengard, Marquis of Ivrea, died about 966, sometimes called Berengar II. He made himself and his son joint kings of Italy in 950. His attempt to force Adelaide of Italy, his predecessor's widow and later wife of Otto I, to marry his son Adalbert, brought the intervention of Otto I of Germany in 951. Berengar swore fealty to Otto in 952, but later he ravaged Italy and intrigued with Pope John XII against Otto I, who captured and imprisoned Berengar in 963.
BereniceEnglish, Italian feminine form of Berenike
BerenikeMacedonian feminine name = bringing victory, corresponding to Greek phere-nike, pherein = to bring and nike = victory.
There were several Ptolemaic and Seleucid queens in Cyrenaica and Egypt:
Berenice I of Egypt, mother of Magas of Cyrene and wife of Ptolemy I (323-285 BC).
Berenice, daughter of Ptolemy II (285–246 BC) and wife of Seleucid monarch Antiochus II Theos (286–246 BC).
Berenice II of Egypt, daughter of Magas of Cyrene and wife of Ptolemy III (246-221 BC).
Berenice III of Egypt, daughter of Ptolemy IX (107-88 BC). She first married Ptolemy X (110-109BC and 107-88BC), later Ptolemy XI (80 BC).
Berenice IV of Egypt, daughter of Ptolemy XII (51-47 BC) and elder sister of Cleopatra (69–30 BC).
There were two Judean princesses,
Berenice, daughter of Salome Alexandra (139-67 BC), sister of Herod the Great (37-4 BC).
Berenice, daughter of Agrippa I (10 BC-44 AC), king of Judaea and grandson of Herod the Great, his original name was Marcus Julius Agrippa and he is the king named Herod in the Acts of the Apostles.
The name was also famous in literature:
Bérénice, a 1670 tragedy by the French dramatist Jean Racine (1639–1699).
Berenice, a 1835 short story by Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849).
BerkeleyOld English origin, and its meaning is "the birch tree meadow".
George Berkeley (1685-1753) Anglican empirist and philosopher of the Age of Enlightenment (philosophy of Subjective Idealism).
City on the San Francisco Bay, founded as Ocean View in 1853 and renamed in 1866.
BerkoFrisian short form of names commencing with the syllable Bern-
BerliozHector Berlioz (1803-1869), French composer of the era of Romantic.
Some of his most famous works are:
Symphonie fantastique (Fantastic symphony, 1830),
Roméo et Juliette (Romeo and Juliet, a programmatic symphony, 1839),
La Damnation de Faust (The damnation of Faust, a dramatic legend for Soli and mixed choirs, 1846),
Benvenuto Cellini (opera, 1837),
Les Troyens (The Trojans, opera, 1858),
Béatrice et Bénédict (Beatrice and Benedict, a comic opera, 1862),
L'Enfance du Christ (The Childhood of Christ, a non-liturgical oratorio, 1854).
BernadineEnglish feminine form of the German name Bernhard
BernardFrench, English masculine form of the German name Bernhard
BernardinoItalian, Spanish, Portuguese masculine pet form of Bernhard
BernardoItalian, Spanish, Portuguese masculine form of Bernhard
BernhardOld High German: bero=bear/harti=hard, firm
Berniceother English feminine form of Berenike
BerniniGiovanni Lorenzo or Gianlorenzo Bernini (1598–1680), Italian sculptor, painter, and architect of the Baroque.
Some of his famous sculptures are: Apollo e Dafne (Apollo and Daphne, 1622-1624), David (1623-1624), Estasi di Santa Teresa d'Avila (The Ecstasy of St. Teresa, 1645-1652).
In 1629 he was appointed architect of St. Peter's Basilica, he designed the baldachin under the dome, the Cathedra Petri, from 1656 he worked on the great piazza and the colonnades in front of St. Peter's.
Between 1658 and 1670 Bernini designed three churches: San Tomaso di Villanova at Castelgandolfo, Santa Maria dell'Assunzione at Ariccia, and Sant' Andrea al Quirinale in Rome.
He designed the Palazzo Barberini (from 1630 on, which he worked with Borromini), Palazzo Ludovisi (now Palazzo Montecitorio) and Palazzo Chigi Odescalchi .
He designed the Fontana del Tritone (1624-1643) in the Piazza Barberini, the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi in the Piazza Navona (1648-1651).
Berolina422 Berolina, an asteroid, was discovered in 1896 by the German astronomer Carl Gustav Witt (1866-1946), working in Berlin's Urania.
Bertshort form of Adalbert, Albert, Berthold, Egbert, Kunibert
Bertaother form of Bertha: bright woman
Old High German beraht = bright, related to the Old English beorht.
Soldiers' nickname Big Bertha for large-bore German mortar of World War I is a reference to Frau Bertha Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, owner of Krupp steel works 1903-1943.
BertalanHungarian form of Batholomew
BertramMeaning: bright raven, derived from the Germanic words beraht = bright combined with hramn = raven.
BertrandFrench, English masculine form of Bertram
BeryllAlso written as Beryl. English, German feminine name, derived from the English word for the pale green precious gemstone.
The better known variant of Beryl is the aquamarine and the emerald.
Beryl is derived from the Greek word beryllos = Beryl, from Prakrit veruliya, from Pali veuriya and Sanskrit vaidurya; probably related to the Tamil word veiruor, viar = to whiten, to become pale.
Perhaps also from the city of Velur (modern Belur) in southern India. Medieval Latin: berillus was applied to crystal and to eyeglasses (the first spectacle lenses may have been made of beryl), hence the German word Brille = spectacles, from Middle High German berille = beryl, and French besicles (plural) = spectacles, altered from Old French bericle.
Besspet name for Elizabeth.
Famous from the opera "Porgy and Bess" of George Gershwin (1898-1937).
BesseyaName of an American native plant: Besseya Rydb.
Bessiepet name of Elizabeth
Bessypet name of Elizabeth
Betasecond letter in the Greek alphabet
BethBeth is the 2nd letter in the Hebrew alphabet, the Beth is a consonant derived from the stylistic ground-plan of a house (beth = house). Later on the Greek letter Beta was developed from this Phoenician letter.
BethanyAramaic: house of figs
Bethany was a village on the southeastern slope of the Mount of Olives, remembered by Christians as the home of Lazarus and his siters Mary and Martha in the New Testament, it was also the house of Simon the Leper. The place is today the place of the village El Azariyeh, the name meaning "Place of Lazarus" (Lazarium) in Arabic.
Jerome mentions, that on the place, where Lararus was raised to life by Jesus, a church was built to remember (Onomasticon, ccviii.) This church was the Lazarium.
Hebrew: te'enah = the figs
Bethinaother form of Bettina
Betsypet name of Elizabeth
BetteAnglo-American short form of Elizabeth
Bette DavisAmerican actress 1908-1989, born as Ruth Elizabeth Davis
She was nominated for the Academy Award (Oscar) for the following films:
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)y
The Star (1952)
All About Eve (1950)
Mr. Skeffington (1944)
Now, Voyager (1942)
The Little Foxes (1941)
The Letter (1940)
Dark Victory (1939)
She won the Academy Award for zwo films:
Jezebel (1938) and Dangerous (1935)
BettinaItalian form of Benedetta, English form Betty
Bettsiepet name of Elizabeth
Bettypet name of Elizabeth
Betty-BlueFrench film (psycho-drama): Betty Blue - 37°2 le matin, directed by Jean-Jacques Beineix in 1986.
Beverleyother form of Beverly
BeverlyFrom a surname which originally came from a place name meaning "beaver stream" in Old English.
BiancaItalian feminine name: the white
BianchinaThe Bianchina was an automobile produced from 1957 to 1970 by Italian automaker Autobianchi, based on the Fiat 500.
BibiDanish short form of Bibiane, Brigitta
BibianaLatin: vivus = vivid.
Roman first name: Vivianus.
In the saga of King Arthur the queen of the lake was named Bibiana, who gave the sword Excalibur to King Arthur.
Bibsfrom Bib
1580, from the verb bibben = to drink (c.1380), from Latin bibere
Big Ben 
Big Boo 
Big Boy 
Big FootName of two Indians: Akaitcho, chief of the copper-mine Indians, Si Tanka (Spotted Elk), chief of the Minneconjou-Lakota Indians.
In zoology an anthropoid.
A monster truck.
Big GirlAnglo-American: an obese woman
Big GuyAnglo-American: An informal way of greeting a man or boy. Usually it's friendly and complimentary. sometimes with a sarcastic tone.
tall man
Big KittyKitty is the abbreviation of kitten, mainly used in cats.
Big Lummox 
Big MomMom: shortening of the word Mama.
Little Big Mom is the tenth episode of the eleventh season of The Simpsons. It aired on January 9, 2000.
Big PussPuss = cat, young girl, young woman
Irish Gaelic pus = mouth, from Middle Irish bus = lip.
Big RedA vanilla flavored soda found mainly in the southern US.
Big Skinny Cat 
BigfootBorn around 1811. Sightings of Bigfoot, also called Sasquatch, were first reported in parts of the United States and Canada in the mid-19th century. Since then there have been hundreds of reports of a large, hairy hominid or ape.
See also: Yeren of China, the Yeti of the Himalaya mountains, the Yowie of Australia and the Mapinguari of South America.
BiggerComparative of big.
Biggipet name of Birgit
Biggypet name of Birgit
BigKittyKitty is the abbreviation of kitten, mainly used in cats.
BijouFrench: precious, jewel, darling
1668, from French, from Breton bizou = (jeweled) ring, from bez = finger (compare Cornish bisou = finger-ring, 13th century).
BikerAnglo-American: a person, who rides bicycle, from bike = bicycle.
1882, American-English, shortened and altered form of bicycle.
BilboThis was the name of the hero of 'The Hobbit' by J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel) Tolkien (1892-1973), published 1937. In the novel Bilbo Baggins was recruited by the wizard Gandalf to join the quest to retake Mount Erebor from the dragon Smaug.
Tolkien is best known as author of The Lord of the Rings, where Bilbo plays a minor role, the trilogy was published 1954 and 1955.
The novel became famous through the film trilogy: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, released December 2001, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, released December 2002 and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, released December 2003.
BilitisThe Songs of Bilitis (Les Chansons de Bilitis; Paris, 1894) is a collection of poetry by French writer Pierre Louÿs (born as Pierre Louis, 1870-1925).
Bilitis, a film by British photographer David Hamilton (born 1933), released 1977.
Billmasculine short form of William (German Wilhelm)
Bill BaileyBill Bailey, who calls himself a 'confused hippie' and 'part troll', (born 1964 as Mark Bailey), is an English comedian, actor, and musician known for appearing on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, QI: Quite Interesting and Black Books on British TV BBC 2.
BilleGerman feminine pet form of Sybille
BillieEnglish masculine or feminine pet form of William (derived from German Wilhelm)
Billypet name of William (derived from German Wilhelm)
Bimbetteother feminine form of Bimbo
BimboA stupid woman or man having an exaggerated interest in her sexual appeal.
Its occurs first in 1929 in the silent film Desert Nights, and is used for a woman. Thus Bimbo mainly refers to women.
BimmiBimmi finds a Cat, children book by Elisabeth Jane Stewart, 1996: The story of an 8 year old Creole boy, named Bimmi, on Galveston Island who is grieving over the death of his cat.
BinaGerman feminine short form of Sabina
BineGerman feminine short form of Sabine
Norwegian, Danish and Dutch feminine short form of Jacobine
Bingolottery game, game of cards (1936)
BinkleyAltered spelling of the Swiss name Binckli or Bünckli, probably a pet form of the personal name Buno.
BinkyBinky was a polar bear who lived at the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage, AK, died in 1995.
BintjeName of a Dutch potatoe.
About 1900 a Belgium primary school teacher, who loved to eat potatoes, crossed various potatoes in his garden and created several new varieties of potatoes. The first nine varieties were named after his nine children. The 10th variety was named after his tiniest pupil, Bintje Jasma.
BirboneItalian: roguish, waggish, il birbone = the scoundrel, cheat, swindler
From Spanish bribon = vagrant, from French briber (antique brifer) = remaining rest, to bribe.
BirdOld English bridd, originally "young bird",
maiden, young girl," c.1300.
Bisfrom Latin bis = twice
BiscuitMiddle English bisquit, from Old French biscuit, from Medieval Latin bis coctus : Latin bis = twice + Latin coctus = past participle of coquere = to cook.
Bisketdog basket
Slang verb: to bite someones crotch, usually just playing though.
Bisket Jatra: Nepali New Year
BitRelated to Old English words bite = act of biting, and bita = piece bitten off, both from Pre-Germanic biton based on Indo-Germanic bheid- = to split.
Computer word: 1948 abbreviation of binary digit (coined by J.W. Tukey).
Bitchused for feminine dogs; a spiteful, cranky, overbearing woman
Old English bicce, probably from Old Norse bikkjuna = female of the dog.
Applied to women, it dates from c.1400, of a man, c.1500. In modern use and meaning it dates from 1990s.
Bitchieother spelling of Bitchy: malicious, spiteful, or overbearing, in a bad mood, irritable or cranky
BitneyAmericanized form of French Bétourné, descriptive epithet for a malformed person.
Bitsplural of Bit
Bitsyother spelling of bitty: tiny, fragmented
Bjte NoirFrench slang from bête noir = the black animal, beast; an insufferable person
Black Jack 
Black Ladycombative variant of the card game Whist (ancestral to Bridge), named after the penalty card Queen of Spades (=Black Lady)
Black Magic 
Black PearlThe name a fictional pirate galleon that features prominently in the films Pirates of the Caribbean, released in 2003 and directed by Gore Verbinski, main cast Johnny Depp.
Black SpotIn plants black spots on the leaves are caused by a fungal disease.
Also known from Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson's (1850–1894) novel Treasure Island (1883), where it is a circular black piece of paper in the hand of the accused, which meant that the accused was going to be executed.
BlackieOther spelling for Blacky = a person with a black skin.
Blackie was the affectionate nickname given by Eric Clapton in 1970 to his favorite Fender Stratocaster, so named for its black finish.
Blackyperson with a black skin
BlakeFrom a surname which meant either "black" or "pale" in Old English. A famous bearer of the surname was the British poet and artist Sir William Blake (1757–1827).
BlancheFrench, English feminine form: white, fair
1398, from Old French blanchir = to whiten.
BlanchetteFrench, derived from Blanche
Blandinefrom Latin, feminine name: friendly, caressing
1661, from Italian blando = delicate, or Old French bland = flattering, both from Latin blandus = mild, smooth.
BlankaSpanish feminine name: white
Blaubartfor an explanation refer to Barbebleu
BleachOld English blæcan, from Pregermanic blaikos = white, from Indogermanic bhleg- = to gleam, root of blanche, blank. Bleachers (1889, American-English) were so-named, because the boards were bleached by the sun.
BlenderBlend: c.1300, in northern writers, from Old English blondan or Old Norse blanda = to mix, or a combination of both, both probably from Indogermanic bhlendh- = to glimmer indistinctly, compare Lithuanian blandus = troubled, turbid, thick, and Old Church Slavonic (Macedonia and Bulgaria) blesti = to go astray.
BleuFrench: blue
Blinken1590, from Medieval Dutch blinken= to glitter, in German blinken = to gleam, sparkle, twinkle.
Blinkyderived from "blinken" (= to blink)
Used as name for many figures: the three-eyed fish from the television series The Simpsons, the red ghost in the game Pac-Man, the police car used by the Metropolitan Toronto Police to promote children's saftety, name of a cheeky koala which appears in the Australian books and television program "Blinky Bill" written by Dorothy Wall, the dog of the weekly satirical comic strip This Modern World, the male Koala in the Noozles (after the Japanese TV-series The Wonderous Koala Blinky).
Blitzenthe name of one of the rendeers of Santa Claus
from German Blitz = lightning (from Middle High German blicze, from bliczen = to flash)
BlizzardCame into general use in the hard winter 1880-1881, used with a sense of "violent blow".
BlobThe Blob (Frederick J. Dukes) is a Comics supervillain, an adversary of the X-Men, created by writer Stan Lee and artist/co-writer Jack Kirby, appeared first in X-Men #3 (January 1964).
The Blob is an American science-fiction film from 1958, starring Steve McQueen and Aneta Corsaut, famous for its song "Beware of the Blob" written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David.
BlondieFrom a nickname for a person with blonde hair.
This is the name of the title character in the comic strip Blondie by Chic Young (born as Murat Bernard Young, 1901-1973), American cartoonist.
BlossomEnglish first name derived from the verb blossom
Blot1373, originally "blemish", perhaps from Old Norse blettr = blot, stain, or from Old French bloche = clod of earth.
Blue Baby 
Blue Boy 
Blue Esprit 
Blue Nugget 
Blue Starterm from astronomy
Bluettederived from French bleuet, bluet: cornflower
BluntschliCaptain Bluntschli, figure in the comedy-drama Arms and the Man (1898, German title: Helden (heroes) - composed also as musical by Udo Jürgens in 1972) of the Irish playwrigth George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950).
BlurProbably related to Middle English bleren = to blear.
BlutoBluto is a cartoon character created in 1933 by Max Fleischer Studios for its Popeye the Sailor.
Bo Bo 
Boar Deaux 
Boaz BobCombination from Boaz + Bob.
Boaz: means "swiftness" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of the husband of Ruth.
Bobshort name for Robert
BobadillaFrancisco de Bobadilla from Aragon became in 1499 governor of the colony Hispanola (West-Indian island in the Caribian Sea) after Christopher Columbus. He detected the gold mines of San Cristoforo.
Bobbieshort form for Robert
Bobbin1530, from French bobine, small instrument used in sewing or tapestry-making.
Bobbyshort name for Robert
BobolinaBook by German Eva Jantzen: Bobolina. So habe ich gelebt (=How I lived). Fischer, 1989, a book about the life of the Greek cat Bobolina.
German singer Christiane Hebold, called Bobolina (Bobo), from the band Bobo In White Wooden Houses.
BoccaccioGiovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375), Italian poet famous for his Decameron (1349-1352, revised 1370-1371).
Boccaccio, 1879, an opera by the Austrian composer Franz von Suppé (1819-1895), born as Francesco Ezechiele Ermenegildo, Cavaliere Suppé-Demelli.
BodoHigh German: courir
Bone Head 
Bonifazshort form for the Latin masculine name Bonifatius (=the one who promises the good thing)
Brandshort form of names commencing with the Old German syllable Brand-
Brandafeminine form of Brand
Bravealso Indian warrior
Brendaanother form of Branda
BrendonEnglish form of Brand
BrianCeltic: the strong man, the hill
Bridgetin German: Brigitte
Bright Eyes 
Brigittaother form for Brigitte
BrigitteCeltic feminine name: the sublime
BrixCeltic masculine name: the solid, the strong
BrunhildOld High German feminine name: fighter wearing a cuirass
BrunoOld High German: the bear
Bubba Jr. 
Budalso American masculine first name

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