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Gender: F Meaning of Belinda: "pretty one, or, serpent" Origin of Belinda: Spanish or German Belinda's Popularity in 2013: #951

Belinda, cousin of Linda and Melinda, is experiencing a resurgence and gained 112 spots in 2013 to reenter the Top 1000. In Babylonian mythology Belinda was the goddess of heaven and earth, and the name later was used for the heroine of Alexander Pope's satirical poem The Rape of the Lock.

One of Belinda's meanings is 'beautiful snake' (coined at a time when snakes were a sacred symbol of wisdom and immortality) and it still does seem to have a certain lingering serpentine charm.

Belinda entered the US popularity lists in 1940, and went on to reach Number 142 in 1961. Both Maria Edgeworth and Anne Rice wrote eponymous novels called Belinda.

Belinda Carlisle was the lead vocalist in "The Go-Go's."

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Pop Culture References for the Name Belinda

Miss Belinda Bede, character in Barbara Pym's novel "Some Tame Gazelle"
Belinda, one of Bob Cratchit's children (alongside Martha, Peter, and Tiny Tim) in "A Christmas Carol" (1843) by Charles Dickens
Belinda, Herbert Pocket's hopeless and useless mother in Dickens's "Great Expectations" (1861)
Belinda, niece to Lady Brute in Sir John Vanbrugh's comedy "The Provok'd Wife" (1697)
Belinda, a society beauty in Pope's "Rape of the Lock" (1712); one of the moons of Uranus is named after this character
Belinda, cousin to Araminta, an affected lady in love with Bellmour, in Congreve's 1793 comedy "The Old Bachelor"
Belinda Portman, heroine of "Belinda," an 1801 novel by Irish writer Maria Edgeworth
Belinda Blanchard, from the Anne Rice novel "Belinda" (1986)
Belinda Zito, Opal Koboi's human alias in the series Artemis Fowl
Lunch Lady Belinda, character in the web series The Most Popular Girls in School

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