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  1. Batsheva
    • Beatrice
      • Origin:

        Latin
      • Meaning:

        "she who brings happiness; blessed"
      • Description:

        Beatrice is back. Stored in the attic for almost a century, the lovely Beatrice with its long literary (Shakespeare, Dante) and royal history is being looked at with fresh eyes by parents seeking a classic name with character and lots of upbeat nicknames, like Bea and Bee.
    • Beatrix
      • Origin:

        Latin
      • Meaning:

        "she who brings happiness; blessed"
      • Description:

        Beatrix has a solid history of its own apart from Beatrice, with that final x adding a playful, animated note to the name's imposing history.
    • Bellatrix
      • Origin:

        Latin
      • Meaning:

        "female warrior"
      • Description:

        J.K. Rowling is a modern master of naming who brought a whole constellation of ancient and celestial names to modern parents. Bellatrix, of one of the stars of Orion, combines fashionable names Bella and Beatrix to make a convivial and original name. The down side: the Harry Potter character Bellatrix, played by Helena Bonham Carter, is a character so evil she's called a Death Eater, killing one beloved character and being murdered by another. And the name Bellatrix is so closely associated with that character that it might be challenging to sidestep the association.
    • Berengaria
      • Origin:

        Latin
      • Meaning:

        "bear spear"
      • Description:

        Berengaria was one of the medieval queens of England - married to Richard I (also known as Richard the Lionheart). She was originally from Navarre (in modern northern Spain) and despite being the Queen of England, she only lived in England after her husband had died. Despite its royal roots, Berengaria is one of the less attractive medieval names, although it gets points for having an unusually strong meaning for a feminine name.
    • Berenike
      • Blanche
        • Origin:

          French
        • Meaning:

          "white"
        • Description:

          Blanche, which originated as a nickname for a pale blonde and then became associated with the notion of purity, was in style a century ago, ranking in the double digits until 1920. She then had to fight the stereotype of faded Southern belle, a la Blanche DuBois in Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire and Blanche Devereaux in TV's Golden Girls. Now all three of the Golden Girls--Blanche, Rose and Dorothy--could be ready for revival, with Blanche sounding like a stronger, simpler alternative to Bianca.
      • Blathnaid
        • Bliss
          • Origin:

            English word name
          • Description:

            A sweet, uplifting and still fairly uncommon modern virtue name. Its single syllable makes it especially good as a middle name, but it would also make a big impact in the first spot.
        • Blodwen
          • Origin:

            Welsh
          • Meaning:

            "white flower"
          • Description:

            An unusual floral -wen name which was the name of an 1878 opera by Welsh composer Joseph Parry.
        • Bluma
          • Origin:

            Yiddish
          • Meaning:

            "flower"
          • Description:

            This floral name, related to bloom and Blossom, is common in the Jewish community, but not often heard outside it. Other Yiddish nature names are Ita (star), Masha (rising water), and Mayim (water).
        • Blythe
          • Origin:

            English
          • Meaning:

            "happy, carefree"
          • Description:

            Blythe originated as a nickname for an upbeat person, coming from the Old English word bliðe, meaning "merry" or "cheerful." Today the homophone blithe shares the same meaning. Blythe was eventually adapted to a surname before it became a feminine given name.
        • Brenne
          • Bria
            • Origin:

              Diminutive of Briana or Gabriella
            • Description:

              Sweet and sparky but maybe a little bit stuck in the 90s, Bria is a nickname-y style choice with various origins.
          • Bridget
            • Origin:

              Anglicized variation of Gaelic Brighid
            • Meaning:

              "strength or exalted one"
            • Description:

              Bridget is the Anglicized form of Brigid, an Irish-Gaelic name that was derived from the word brígh, which means "strength."
          • Bronwen
            • Origin:

              Welsh
            • Meaning:

              "white breast"
            • Description:

              Bronwen is widespread in Wales, but still rare enough here to sound somewhat international — we think Bronwen is a real winner. (Note: the Bronwyn spelling is an Anglicization, since the -wyn ending is masculine in Welsh).
          • Brynn
            • Origin:

              Spelling variation of Bryn, Welsh
            • Meaning:

              "hill"
            • Description:

              Brynn outshines the original Welsh Bryn in the popularity stakes. This simple, brisk name might be seen as a combination of Bree and Lynn, an androgynous-sounding choice that especially in this spelling is not truly unisex: Brynn, for boys, is not even in the Top 1000.