15 Best B Names for Girls

Bay, Bree and Bryony

By Clare Green

B names for girls are underrepresented in the charts, with only two – Brooklyn and Bella – making the Top 100.

That’s good news if you’re considering the second letter of the alphabet for a girl name. Whatever you choose, it won’t be overused, and like some of the names listed here, it may be surprisingly rare.

We’ve gathered 15 of the very best girl names that begin with the letter B. Whether you prefer ancient or modern, short or long, surname or word name, there’s bound to be something for you here. Let the browsing begin!

Girl Names Starting with B


A nature name with multiple meanings, Bay makes a modern alternative to May and Faye. Two recent celebrity babies – Justin Bieber’s little sister and Zoe Kazan’s daughter Alma Bay – show that it works equally well as a first or a middle.


This energetic name feels vintage but has always been surprisingly rare in the US. It’s royal, it’s literary, it’s rich in nicknames, like Bea, Beattie and Trixie. It’s also a favorite with Nameberry readers for their own children – what better recommendation can you get? More popular Beatrice and European Beata are other options.


One of the best insect names around, Bee can be short for any name beginning with B, but it doesn’t have to. As a standalone it’s sweet, simple, and calls to mind everything associated with bees: busyness, buzziness, hard work, wisdom, and their importance to the ecosystem. It’s sometimes used as a middle name, but is extremely rare in first position. Time to show Bee some love?


Maybe it’s the Beauty and the Beast effect, maybe it’s the rise of Isabelle and Annabelle, or maybe it’s the sleek French sound. Whatever the reason, parents have fallen hard for Belle in recent years. Belle isn’t as popular as her Italian cousin Bella, but it looks like she’ll keep rising. The 2013 movie Belle, starring Guga Mbatha-Raw as the mixed-race heiress Dido Belle, gave the name an extra boost.


A stylish surname that parents have recently fallen in love with for both sexes, though it’s slightly more popular for girls. Bellamy combines a positive meaning – “fine friend” – with nickname options including Bella and Mimi. It looks set to enter the Top 1000 very soon.


Beth is dated, but Bethia makes it fresh again. This Old Testament name is surprisingly rare, considering it’s made up of familiar sounds. It’s the kind of name that may crop up in family trees, as it was used steadily, though not frequently, in Britain from the 16th century. Bithia is an alternative spelling.


This vintage nickname is so old it’s new again. Betty was a star of the roaring 20s, and has an air of glamor and sass, thanks to figures like Bette Davis and Mad Men’s Betty Draper. It would be a sweet way to honor an Elizabeth without using the full name.


From the language that brought you Elle, Fleur and Soleil, comes another French word name. Most of us didn’t consider it as a name until actress Bijou Phillips came along – but with its shiny meaning, it makes an elegant, rare choice.


This is the gentle end of the animal name trend, as well as a lost vintage nickname that deserves more love. Thanks to Busy Philipps and wrestler Brie Bella using it for their daughters, it’s back in the running as a sweet, usable name in its own right.


This cool unisex surname has been big for boys for years, and now the girls are catching up, helped by the rise of Blake Lively. It has a modern sound, but it’s full of symbolic meaning: it can mean either “dark” or “pale”, and brings to mind the visionary poet William Blake.


The happiest name on this list, Blythe is a real namelovers’ name. It ranks 310 on the Nameberry chart, but is not in the US Top 1000. Part of its appeal – besides the Anne of Green Gables connection – is that it sounds as modern as Blair and Blake, but is an old-fashioned word. It would be especially good for a “bonny and blithe” Sunday’s child, as in the rhyme.


You’ll find this sound in plenty of popular names, from Brielle and Brianna to Aubrey – so why not crop them down to friendly, no-nonsense Bree? With namesakes from all kinds of books and shows, from Narnia to Fancy Nancy, it’s a name many people will recognise. If you feel it needs just a little more, consider Breeze or Bria.


Bridget is a modern classic that’s currently in a bit of a slump, making it familiar but not overused. It could be a nod to Irish roots, after one of the island’s most beloved saints. Although it’s lovely in full, there’s also the potential for daringly old-fashioned nicknames like Biddy, Bidu and Bridie. Or for a cosmopolitan vibe, try Brigitte or Birgitta.


If you like Celtic names like Gwendolyn and Elowen, this down-to-earth Welsh export may appeal. Bronwyn is a less traditional but equally lovely spelling, while Branwen is a legendary figure in Welsh tales.


Fresh from the hedgerow, Bryony is truly a sweet spot name: most people have heard of it, but hardly anyone is using it. It has a more feminine sound than popular Bry- names like Brylee and Brynn, and something of a British flavor. Ian McEwan used the spelling Briony for the main character in Atonement, played by Saoirse Ronan in the movie. Other brilliant B botanicals include Briar, Blossom and Betony.

Which B names for girls do you like best?

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lesliemarion Says:

December 12th, 2018 at 12:35 am

Your choices of Beatrix, Bryony, Birdie, and Blythe are lovely!

I also love Bonnie, Belinda, Bedelia, Begonia, Briseida, Berengaria, Betula, and kind of like Bibiana.

EloiseT Says:

December 12th, 2018 at 6:36 am

Blythe, Briar and Bryony!

I also like Bronte.

benjamelissa Says:

December 12th, 2018 at 7:43 am

Beatrice (my grandmother), Bellamy & Bridget are my favorites from this list. And I have a cousin named Anna Belle, so Belle, too.

beynotce Says:

December 12th, 2018 at 8:12 am

You mention most of my favorites – Beatrix (and Beatrice), Bellamy, Bryony, Briar, Blythe.

I also like Blue, and I have a soft spot for Barbara. Hey, if Minnie can make a comeback, why not Barbie?

wandsworth Says:

December 12th, 2018 at 9:07 am

Oh, I definitely think Barbara is going to come back. Historical records indicate it’s a strict adherent to the 100 year rule, so we have… another 40-50 years before it sounds fashionable again? LOL.

thesilenceinbetween Says:

December 12th, 2018 at 9:58 am

Of this list, I like Beatrix, Belle, Blythe, Bridget, and Bronwen. Bryony is a nice name too, but I knew a bratty Bryony as a child, so it’s a bit tainted for me. My favorite B girls’ names are Beatrice, Bianca, and Belén, and my guilty pleasure name is Bellatrix.

peach Says:

December 12th, 2018 at 10:48 am

The B-name, that I admire, but no one else likes, is Berthe, as in the artist Berthe Morisot. Beatrix is top of my favorites list though. I also like Bronwen, Bridget, Blythe, Birdie.

BluebirdBlossom Says:

December 12th, 2018 at 11:21 am

I absolutely adore Blythe and Birdie. I would also add Betsy to the list.

Susette Says:

December 12th, 2018 at 11:29 am

I’m not a fan of most B names, especially discordant sounds like Blythe, Bronwyn and Bertha. My faves aren’t on the list: Bianca, Bathsheba and Babette

owllover96 Says:

December 12th, 2018 at 12:15 pm

Beatrix, Bay, and Blythe are my favorites. I want to use Beatrix as a middle name for my daughter.

QuirkFlower Says:

December 12th, 2018 at 1:47 pm

Love B names!!


Beau Jean Says:

December 12th, 2018 at 1:51 pm

I love the name Barbara and can’t wait for it to come back!
Beatrix ,Bellatrix, Bianca, Brin, and Britney (She’ll come back around some day) are all names I love, and then there is my own name Beau, which I absolutely love for a girl.

niteowl13 Says:

December 12th, 2018 at 3:11 pm

I love Bree! Why isn’t it more popular? Short and sweet names are my fave <3

niteowl13 Says:

December 12th, 2018 at 3:17 pm

Speaking of short and sweet – I like Britt and I think it could become popular, but not Britney…yet
Also, why did there have to be a water filter company called Brita? Britta is adorable, but not very usable, unfortunately
There are a lot of B girls’ names on my “list”

jjayx Says:

December 12th, 2018 at 3:19 pm

Birdie, Blythe and Bronwen are lovely. Billie and Bronagh are a couple of other ‘B’ favourites.

Bobcat108 Says:

December 12th, 2018 at 6:25 pm

I love Bryony, Bay (or Bayleigh w/a nickname of Bay), & Bethia.

Bethan is a variant of Elizabeth that I like as well, & I do like Bridie, although I don’t think I’d ever actually have used it except as a nickname, & as I don’t care for Bridget, I’m not sure what formal name I’d have matched w/Bridie.

Although neither name is fashionable, I like Briana & Brandy, although Brandy is definitely a GP & would be reserved for a cat or dog.

julia5500 Says:

December 12th, 2018 at 7:55 pm

I (selfishly) really hope Bellamy continues to stay off the radar until I have kids

dresdendoll Says:

December 12th, 2018 at 9:01 pm

I much prefer the Brie spelling.

Araminty Says:

December 12th, 2018 at 10:41 pm

I do particularly love B names – they just seem so strong and underused while having real beauty. Two of my absolute favourite names are on this list : Bridget and Bronwen. Also love lots of others: Blythe, Briar, Bryony, Beatrix. And I really like Bethan too.

Asherose Says:

December 13th, 2018 at 1:58 am

My favourites for B
Bethany, Belanna, Berniece, Beatrice, Brienne, Blair, Brenda, Bathsheba, Blossom, Bianca, Bithiah.

Liberty_Bell Says:

December 13th, 2018 at 2:12 pm

I love Bertha (although I’m a minority), Bridie, Blanche and Bess.

9275279 Says:

December 13th, 2018 at 2:59 pm

Great post! I personally love my own name, Brooke. It has a strong sound, but is feminine. It is also a word/nature name. I love it!

NaomiNY Says:

December 13th, 2018 at 5:25 pm

My favorite B names for girls are:

davisellu Says:

December 13th, 2018 at 8:56 pm

I really like Bettina and would love to see it make a comeback. Additionally, Bianca and Bess deserve a second look and some love too.

Bridge00 Says:

December 14th, 2018 at 7:15 pm

I like the Bridget, because that is my name. At my church there is only one other Brigitte, that is how she spells her name.
Bridget Bonia Hathcock Jordan

Waverly123 Says:

December 16th, 2018 at 8:36 am

No Brielle? Most of the names on this list don’t appeal to me, but I do like Bronwyn & Beatrix (but it sort of reminds me of Bellatrix, from Harry Potter, and I think I prefer Beatrice).

haylemea Says:

December 16th, 2018 at 8:23 pm

In my opinion Blythe is the best name of any letter, but please quit telling everyone as I want my daughter to have an unusual name! I thought this name was just between you and me, Nameberry! (;

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