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Gender: F Meaning of Belinda: "pretty one, or, serpent" Origin of Belinda: Spanish or German

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Belinda, cousin of Linda and Melinda, is not used much these days despite an impressive history. 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 U.S. 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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Famous People Named Belinda

Belinda Carlisle, Go-Go lead singer
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Belinda Stewart-Wilson, English actress
Belinda Emmett, Australian actress and singer
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Belinda Bauer, British actress
Belinda Bauer, British author
Belinda Balaski, American actress
Belinda Sinclair, British actress
Belinda Stronach, Canadian philanthropist and former politician

Pop Culture References for the Name Belinda

Miss Belinda Bede is one of the two female protagonists in Barbara Pym's first novel, the brilliant "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)

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