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

Belinda Origin and Meaning

The name Belinda is a girl's name of German, Spanish origin meaning "pretty one, or, serpent".

Belinda, cousin of Linda and Melinda, enjoyed a brief return to the Top 1000 from 2005 through 2013, only to fall off again in 2014. A name that some may consider a modern spin on the midcentury popularity queen Linda is in fact a classic with deep and fascinating roots. 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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lolo87 Says:


I love this name, looks very pretty written too.

ParanoidAndroid Says:


I actually don't mind it at all. Belle or Bella are possible nicknames as well. And for fans of 90s shoegaze, there's My Bloody Valentine's lovely Bilinda (different spelling) Butcher.

srudolph Says:


If you're of the millenial generation, maybe steer clear of this one? There's a very popular podcast (My Dad Wrote a...) in which the main character is named Belinda. Maybe not the kind of association you want!

meggyweg Says:


Belinda is the only "Linda" name I actually like. It would go well with my partner's Hispanic family, and I like the nickname Billie. A short, boyish nickname for a more feminine full name.

Belinda Cochrane Says:


Funny I have been called Binny or Bindi my whole life in fact I hated it when people called me Bel or Bella I found it boring

paulapuddephatt Says:


I would love this name, but I can't stand the "snake" meaning.

roseofjune Says:


This sounds like the word "belated" to me. I don't know why.

Wittyusername103 Says:


I had a lovely teacher with this name at primary. Bee and Belle are also lovely nicknames.

jahanbismi Says:


I picture a magical creature would be named Belinda like a sorcerer or a fairy.

snowsbeloved Says:


I hate this name. It sounds clunky and unattractive to me. I haven't had any Belindas in my life, negative or positive. And the name is not popular in media or not sure why I dislike it so much. I just do.

Guest Says:


A cute retro way to use a Bella name without being trendy! Love it!!!

servals_ Says:


personally i prefer Celinde, but whatever floats ur boat

lesliemarion Says:


Such great nicknames: Lin, Lindy, Linnet, Linnea!

SunKissedChild Says:


I've known one Belinda, and she was definitely a lot more "serpent" then "pretty one"! :P

Bella20 Says:


I love my name! It's proper and easy to pronounce, feminine and . Best of all, I love the nicknames I get: Bella, Bel, Bellarina and Bee. The only nickname I'm not a fan of is "bin". But thankfully I've only had that once.