B Names – Baby names starting with B

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Bairre

Meaning of the name Bairre. Listen and learn how to pronounce Bairre so you can get the correct pronunciation for this boy name.

MEANING: Meaning “”fair-haired,”" the name has been popular since the sixth century when St. Finbar came to an area of Cork that was being tormented by a serpent. The people begged him to do something to help them. One night he went to where the serpent was sleeping and sprinkled it with holy water. The angry serpent tore and devoured the land until she slithered into the sea at Cork Harbor. The track she left behind filled with water and became the River Lee and that’s why St. Finbar is the patron saint of Cork. It is said that the sun didn’t set for two weeks after Finbar’s death.

GENDER: Boy | Male

IRISH NAME: Bairre Finbar

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ENGLISH: Bairre

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Barra

Meaning of the name Barra. Listen and learn how to pronounce Barra so you can get the correct pronunciation for this boy name.

MEANING: Meaning “”fair-haired,”" the name has been popular since the sixth century when St. Finbar came to an area of Cork that was being tormented by a serpent. The people begged him to do something to help them. One night he went to where the serpent was sleeping and sprinkled it with holy water. The angry serpent tore and devoured the land until she slithered into the sea at Cork Harbor. The track she left behind filled with water and became the River Lee and that’s why St. Finbar is the patron saint of Cork. It is said that the sun didn’t set for two weeks after Finbar’s death.

GENDER: Boy | Male

IRISH NAME: Barra Finbar

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ENGLISH: Barra

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Barry

Meaning of the name Barry. Listen and learn how to pronounce Barry so you can get the correct pronunciation for this boy name.

MEANING: Meaning “”fair-haired,”" the name has been popular since the sixth century when St. Finbar came to an area of Cork that was being tormented by a serpent. The people begged him to do something to help them. One night he went to where the serpent was sleeping and sprinkled it with holy water. The angry serpent tore and devoured the land until she slithered into the sea at Cork Harbor. The track she left behind filled with water and became the River Lee and that’s why St. Finbar is the patron saint of Cork. It is said that the sun didn’t set for two weeks after Finbar’s death.

GENDER: Boy | Male

IRISH NAME: Barry Finbar

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ENGLISH: Barry

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Bartley

Meaning of the Irish name Bartley. Listen and learn how to pronounce Bartley so you can get the correct pronunciation for this Irish boy name.

MEANING: The name of one of the twelve apostles, it is the Irish form of the Hebrew name Bartholemew “”Son of Talmai.”" Bartley is also a derivation of the name Parthalon who was the leader of the first people to occupy Ireland after the Biblical flood, about 2,800 BC, and who, according to legend, brought agriculture to their new homeland. As such it is not really an Irish name although it was in relatively common usage in times past, particularly in the west of Ireland. The present Prime Minister of Ireland is Batholomew Ahern, although he is more commonly known as “”Bertie.”"

GENDER: Boy | Male

IRISH NAME: Bartley

PRONUNCIATION:

ENGLISH: Bert, Bertie, Parthalon, Partlan

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Bert

Meaning of the name Bert. Listen and learn how to pronounce Bert so you can get the correct pronunciation for this boy name.

MEANING: The name of one of the twelve apostles, it is the Irish form of the Hebrew name Bartholemew “”Son of Talmai.”" Bartley is also a derivation of the name Parthalon who was the leader of the first people to occupy Ireland after the Biblical flood, about 2,800 BC, and who, according to legend, brought agriculture to their new homeland. As such it is not really an Irish name although it was in relatively common usage in times past, particularly in the west of Ireland. The present Prime Minister of Ireland is Batholomew Ahern, although he is more commonly known as “”Bertie.”"

GENDER: Boy | Male

IRISH NAME: Bert Bartley

PRONUNCIATION:

ENGLISH: Bert

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Bertie

Meaning of the name Bertie. Listen and learn how to pronounce Bertie so you can get the correct pronunciation for this boy name.

MEANING: The name of one of the twelve apostles, it is the Irish form of the Hebrew name Bartholemew “”Son of Talmai.”" Bartley is also a derivation of the name Parthalon who was the leader of the first people to occupy Ireland after the Biblical flood, about 2,800 BC, and who, according to legend, brought agriculture to their new homeland. As such it is not really an Irish name although it was in relatively common usage in times past, particularly in the west of Ireland. The present Prime Minister of Ireland is Batholomew Ahern, although he is more commonly known as “”Bertie.”"

GENDER: Boy | Male

IRISH NAME: Bertie Bartley

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ENGLISH: Bertie

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Bradan

Meaning of the Irish name Bradan. Listen and learn how to pronounce Bradan so you can get the correct pronunciation for this Irish boy name.

MEANING: Comes from the word bradan meaning “”a salmon”" in Irish and the bradan feasa, the “”Salmon of Knowledge”" (read the legend) is central to the tales of Fionn MacCool (read the legend).

GENDER: Boy | Male

IRISH NAME: Bradan

PRONUNCIATION: “”bray + dawn”"

ENGLISH: Braden

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Braden

Meaning of the name Braden. Listen and learn how to pronounce Braden so you can get the correct pronunciation for this boy name.

MEANING: Comes from the word bradan meaning “”a salmon”" in Irish and the bradan feasa, the “”Salmon of Knowledge”" (read the legend) is central to the tales of Fionn MacCool (read the legend).

GENDER: Boy | Male

IRISH NAME: Braden Bradan

PRONUNCIATION: “bray + dawn”

ENGLISH: Braden

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Brandan

Meaning of the name Brandan. Listen and learn how to pronounce Brandan so you can get the correct pronunciation for this boy name.

MEANING: There are at least seventeen saints who bear the name but St. Breandan the Navigator is probably the best known. Tradition has it that he was born in County Kerry, set sail in a small boat with a group of monks in the early 6th century, visited an island inhabited by birdmen, rode on the back of a whale and was the first European to set foot on the shores of the Americas, nearly a thousand years before Columbus. In the 1970s Tim Severin recreated St. Breandan’s voyage across the Atlantic Ocean in a flimsy, hide-covered rowboat known as a “”curragh.”" St. Breandan is venerated in Ireland as the patron saint of seafarers and travellers.

GENDER: Boy | Male

IRISH NAME: Brandan Breandan

PRONUNCIATION: “bren + dawn”

ENGLISH: Brandan

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Brandon

Meaning of the name Brandon. Listen and learn how to pronounce Brandon so you can get the correct pronunciation for this boy name.

MEANING: There are at least seventeen saints who bear the name but St. Breandan the Navigator is probably the best known. Tradition has it that he was born in County Kerry, set sail in a small boat with a group of monks in the early 6th century, visited an island inhabited by birdmen, rode on the back of a whale and was the first European to set foot on the shores of the Americas, nearly a thousand years before Columbus. In the 1970s Tim Severin recreated St. Breandan’s voyage across the Atlantic Ocean in a flimsy, hide-covered rowboat known as a “”curragh.”" St. Breandan is venerated in Ireland as the patron saint of seafarers and travellers.

GENDER: Boy | Male

IRISH NAME: Brandon Breandan

PRONUNCIATION: “bren + dawn”

ENGLISH: Brandon

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Breandan

Meaning of the Irish name Breandan. Listen and learn how to pronounce Breandan so you can get the correct pronunciation for this Irish boy name.

MEANING: There are at least seventeen saints who bear the name but St. Breandan the Navigator is probably the best known. Tradition has it that he was born in County Kerry, set sail in a small boat with a group of monks in the early 6th century, visited an island inhabited by birdmen, rode on the back of a whale and was the first European to set foot on the shores of the Americas, nearly a thousand years before Columbus. In the 1970s Tim Severin recreated St. Breandan’s voyage across the Atlantic Ocean in a flimsy, hide-covered rowboat known as a “”curragh.”" St. Breandan is venerated in Ireland as the patron saint of seafarers and travellers.

GENDER: Boy | Male

IRISH NAME: Breandan

PRONUNCIATION: “”bren + dawn”"

ENGLISH: Brendan, Brandan, Brandon

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Brendan

Meaning of the name Brendan. Listen and learn how to pronounce Brendan so you can get the correct pronunciation for this boy name.

MEANING: There are at least seventeen saints who bear the name but St. Breandan the Navigator is probably the best known. Tradition has it that he was born in County Kerry, set sail in a small boat with a group of monks in the early 6th century, visited an island inhabited by birdmen, rode on the back of a whale and was the first European to set foot on the shores of the Americas, nearly a thousand years before Columbus. In the 1970s Tim Severin recreated St. Breandan’s voyage across the Atlantic Ocean in a flimsy, hide-covered rowboat known as a “”curragh.”" St. Breandan is venerated in Ireland as the patron saint of seafarers and travellers.

GENDER: Boy | Male

IRISH NAME: Brendan Breandan

PRONUNCIATION: “bren + dawn”

ENGLISH: Brendan

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Brian

Meaning of the Irish name Brian. Listen and learn how to pronounce Brian so you can get the correct pronunciation for this Irish boy name.

MEANING: From brigh ”"high, noble, strong.”" This is one of the most widespread Irish names ever, in honour of the most revered High King of Ireland, Brian Boru (read the legend) who defeated an army of invading Vikings at the Battle of Clontarf in 1014 but died of wounds he received in the battle. Kincora – a poem by James Clarence Mangan (translated).

GENDER: Boy | Male

IRISH NAME: Brian

PRONUNCIATION: “”bree + an”"

ENGLISH: Brian (pron. “”bry + an”")

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Barbara

Meaning of the name Barbara. Listen and learn how to pronounce Barbara so you can get the correct pronunciation for this girl name.

MEANING: Anglicized as Barbara. May come from gorm “illustrious” or “splendid” and flaith “queen, princess.” Lady Gormlaith, a legendary beauty, was queen of the Danes in Ireland as wife of Olaf, The Viking leader of Dublin; later she was wife of Malachy II, king of Ulster and finally married Brian Boru (read the legend), king of Munster and later king of all Ireland. Her three sons, Sitric, Murdach and Donough continued to rule Ireland after The Battle of Clontarf where Brian Boru died in 1014.

GENDER: Girl | Female

IRISH NAME: Barbara Gormlaith Gormla Gormley

PRONUNCIATION: gorm + lee”

ENGLISH: Barbara

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Beibhinn

Meaning of the Irish name Beibhinn. Listen and learn how to pronounce Beibhinn so you can get the correct pronunciation for this Irish girl name.

MEANING: A blend of bean ”woman, lady” and finn ”fair, white” originally described Viking women. Brian Boru‘s (read the legend) mother was called Beibhinn and he named his daughter for her. In legend, the golden-haired giantess Beibhinn sought sanctuary with Fionn Mac Cool (read the legend) so she would not have to marry the giant “Hugh The Splendid.”

GENDER: Girl | Female

IRISH NAME: Beibhinn

PRONUNCIATION: be + veen”

ENGLISH: Bevin, Bevan

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Bevan

Meaning of the name Bevan. Listen and learn how to pronounce Bevan so you can get the correct pronunciation for this girl name.

MEANING: A blend of bean ”woman, lady” and finn ”fair, white” originally described Viking women. Brian Boru‘s (read the legend) mother was called Beibhinn and he named his daughter for her. In legend, the golden-haired giantess Beibhinn sought sanctuary with Fionn Mac Cool (read the legend) so she would not have to marry the giant “Hugh The Splendid.”

GENDER: Girl | Female

IRISH NAME: Bevan Beibhinn

PRONUNCIATION: be + veen”

ENGLISH: Bevan

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Bevin

Meaning of the name Bevin. Listen and learn how to pronounce Bevin so you can get the correct pronunciation for this girl name.

MEANING: A blend of bean ”woman, lady” and finn ”fair, white” originally described Viking women. Brian Boru‘s (read the legend) mother was called Beibhinn and he named his daughter for her. In legend, the golden-haired giantess Beibhinn sought sanctuary with Fionn Mac Cool (read the legend) so she would not have to marry the giant “Hugh The Splendid.”

GENDER: Girl | Female

IRISH NAME: Bevin Beibhinn

PRONUNCIATION: be + veen”

ENGLISH: Bevin

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Blathnaid

Meaning of the Irish name Blathnaid. Listen and learn how to pronounce Blathnaid so you can get the correct pronunciation for this Irish girl name.

MEANING: blath means “flower, blossom.” In legend, Blaithnaid, the reluctant wife of Curai Mac Daire, loved Cuchulainn (read the legend), her husband’s rival. She revealed the secret entrance to her husband’s fortress to him by milking her cow and letting the milk run down the hill into a stream. Cuchulainn followed the stream, raided the fortress and rescued Blathnaid.

GENDER: Girl | Female

IRISH NAME: Blathnaid Blanaid

PRONUNCIATION: blaw + nid”

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Branna

Meaning of the Irish name Branna. Listen and learn how to pronounce Branna so you can get the correct pronunciation for this Irish girl name.

MEANING: From bran ”raven,” a way of saying “beauty with hair as dark as a raven.”

GENDER: Girl | Female

IRISH NAME: Branna Brannagh

PRONUNCIATION: bran + na”

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Briana

Meaning of the Irish name Briana. Listen and learn how to pronounce Briana so you can get the correct pronunciation for this Irish girl name.

MEANING: “noble, virtuous.” The feminine of Brian.

GENDER: Girl | Female

IRISH NAME: Briana Brianna

PRONUNCIATION: bree + a + na”

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Brigid

Meaning of the Irish name Brigid. Listen and learn how to pronounce Brigid so you can get the correct pronunciation for this Irish girl name.

MEANING: The name Brigid from brigh meaning “power, vigour, virtue” epitomizes the Irish genius for layering old and new. The main female deity of the Celts, Brigid made the land fruitful and animals multiply, she blessed poets and blacksmiths. Her namesake St. Brigid of Kildare carried her powers into the Christian era. The stories of Brigid”s compassion and miracles are told now as they have been for more than 1500 years in every part of Ireland. She is equal in esteem and shares a grave with St. Patrick and St. Columcille. Her feast day, February 1st, is the first day of Spring in the Celtic calender.

GENDER: Girl | Female

IRISH NAME: Brigid Bridget

PRONUNCIATION: bridge + id”

ENGLISH: Brigit

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Brigit

Meaning of the name Brigit. Listen and learn how to pronounce Brigit so you can get the correct pronunciation for this girl name.

MEANING: The name Brigid from brigh meaning “power, vigour, virtue” epitomizes the Irish genius for layering old and new. The main female deity of the Celts, Brigid made the land fruitful and animals multiply, she blessed poets and blacksmiths. Her namesake St. Brigid of Kildare carried her powers into the Christian era. The stories of Brigid”s compassion and miracles are told now as they have been for more than 1500 years in every part of Ireland. She is equal in esteem and shares a grave with St. Patrick and St. Columcille. Her feast day, February 1st, is the first day of Spring in the Celtic calender.

GENDER: Girl | Female

IRISH NAME: Brigit Brigid Bridget

PRONUNCIATION: bridge + id”

ENGLISH: Brigit

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Brona

Meaning of the name Brona. Listen and learn how to pronounce Brona so you can get the correct pronunciation for this girl name.

MEANING: Though rooted in bronach ”sad, sorrowful” St. Bronagh must have been a popular figure in her home area of County Down where her bell is venerated because so many girls in that area are named for her now as they have been for over 1000 years.

GENDER: Girl | Female

IRISH NAME: Brona Bronagh

PRONUNCIATION: bro + nah”

ENGLISH: Brona

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Bronagh

Meaning of the Irish name Bronagh. Listen and learn how to pronounce Bronagh so you can get the correct pronunciation for this Irish girl name.

MEANING: Though rooted in bronach ”sad, sorrowful” St. Bronagh must have been a popular figure in her home area of County Down where her bell is venerated because so many girls in that area are named for her now as they have been for over 1000 years.

GENDER: Girl | Female

IRISH NAME: Bronagh

PRONUNCIATION: bro + nah”

ENGLISH: Brona

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