girl names starting with "B"

  1. Bailey
    • Origin:

      Occupational name
    • Meaning:

      "law enforcer, bailiff"
    • Description:

      Bailey -- a jaunty surname -- was first used for a female TV character in 1978 in the show WKRP in Cincinnaati, then caught on big time. Bailey's still an appealing choice, though, and a celebrity fave. Parents of daughters named Bailey include Scot Baio and Stella McCartney.
  2. Baye
    • 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.
    • Beverley
      • Blair
        • Origin:

          Scottish
        • Meaning:

          "dweller on the plain"
        • Description:

          In the USA, Blair is gaining momentum, rising quickly for the last 10 years and likely to continue to climb. In England and Wales, where Blair has political connotations – calling to mind former prime minister Tony Blair – it is much less common, although it is in use for boys in its native Scotland.
      • Blake
        • Origin:

          English
        • Meaning:

          "fair-haired, dark"
        • Description:

          The unisex Blake, which indeed has two conflicting meanings, has a briskly efficient image when used for a girl.
      • Blanca
        • Origin:

          Spanish
        • Meaning:

          "white"
        • Description:

          More colorful than Blanche, but blanker than Bianca.
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • Brandy
        • Origin:

          Dutch
        • Meaning:

          "burnt wine"
        • Description:

          The alcohol-laced member of the Randy-Candy-Mandy sorority of 1970s to 80s nickname names; now pretty much on the wagon.
      • Bree
        • Origin:

          Irish, from Brid, Brigh, Brigid
        • Meaning:

          "strength or exalted one"
        • Description:

          A short, breezy name with a sophisticated yet upbeat image, that doesn't betray its Irish roots. Bree first came to notice here in 1971 via the complex prostitute character in the movie Klute, which earned Jane Fonda an Oscar. More recently, it was tied to the character of Bree Van de Kamp on Desperate Housewives.
      • Brenna
        • Origin:

          Feminine form of Brennan
        • Meaning:

          "descendant of the sad one"
        • Description:

          Brenna is a feminine form of the Irish surname Brennan, or perhaps a variation of Brenda or Brendan—all of which have different meanings. Whatever its derivation or authenticity, it's a modern sounding name which has steadily decreased in popularity since 1995 when it peaked at Number 235 in the United States.
      • Briar
        • Origin:

          English
        • Meaning:

          "a thorny patch"
        • Description:

          Fairy-tale memories of Sleeping Beauty inspire some parents—such as Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen—to call their daughters Briar Rose. But Briar plus a different middle name might work even better. It's one of the newly popular nature-word names, charting in the US for the first time in 2015 for both genders.
      • 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."
      • Bronte
        • Origin:

          Greek
        • Meaning:

          "thunder"
        • Description:

          This lovely surname of the three novel-writing sisters, now used as a baby name, makes a fitting tribute for lovers of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. While the original name took an umlaut over the e, modern English speakers may find that more trouble than it's worth. Trivia note: The Anglo-Irish clergyman who was the father of Charlotte, Emily and Anne changed his name from the original Brunty. According to scholars, the family pronounced the name brun-tee, though in the 21st century world it's commonly pronounced bron-tay. In Australia, the name is more likely to take inspiration from Bronte Beach in Sydney. It was named after Lord Nelson, the 1st Duke of Bronté. He got his title from a town in Sicily, itself named after a mythological Cyclops.
      • Brooklyn
        • Origin:

          Place-name from Dutch
        • Meaning:

          "marshland"
        • Description:

          Extreme makeover: Brooklyn has gone from jokey Borough Boy name in the 1990s to a leading girls' name starting with B. The status of New York's Brooklyn as hipster heaven is ironic as few bona fide Brooklyn hipsters would choose this name.
      • Brylee
        • Origin:

          Modern invented name
        • Description:

          Though it's lost ground in recent years, Brylee is the kind of Smoosh Name -- combining Bryan and Lee -- that's gaining more notice.
      • Beckett
        • Becks