38 Baby Names That Start with Letter "B"

Learn the meaning and origins of popular baby names that start with "B."

Baby names that begin with B

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There are so many bold, beautiful, buzzy names to choose from for your new bouncing baby—especially if you want one that starts with the letter "B." There are popular names like Bradley and Brittany, but also more unique names like Bowie and Brooklyn. Whatever theme you're going for, whether it's floral, seasonal, or something out of a movie, there's a name for every family to pick.

The process of choosing a name for your new addition can be quite tricky to figure out. After all, you want to give your baby the perfect name that fits them but is also one that you love as well. If you want something that starts with the letter "B," get inspired with this list of ideas.


  • OriginEnglish
  • Meaning: Steward
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Bayley, Baylie
  • Famous Namesakes: Bailey is more commonly seen as a last name, but actors like Bailey Chase and Bailey Hanks have it as their first name.
  • Peak Popularity: Bailey saw its popularity peak in the late 1990s.


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Baker
  • Famous Namesakes: NFL player Baker Mayfield is one of the more famous Bakers.
  • Peak Popularity: Baker has recently become a popular name, entering the Social Security Administration chart in 2018.


  • Origin: American
  • Meaning: Stranger
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Barbara, Barb
  • Famous Namesakes: Euphoria actress Barbie Ferreira, as well as the popular children's doll, both share this name.
  • Peak Popularity: Barbie was a popular name in the 1960s.


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: King
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Basel
  • Famous Namesakes: British actor Basil Rathbone is perhaps the most famous Basil.
  • Peak Popularity: Basil is an old-fashioned name that was popular in the early 1960s.


  • OriginItalian
  • Meaning: Traveler
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Bea, Beatris, Beatrix
  • Famous Namesakes: Princess Beatrice of York and Bea Arthur are two of the most famous people with this name.
  • Peak Popularity: Beatrice was popular in the 1910s and 1920s before falling off the chart. It's seen a bit of an increase in popularity in recent years.


  • OriginFrench
  • Meaning: Beautiful
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Bo
  • Famous Namesakes: Actresses Bo Derek and Beau Derek, as well as baseball player Bo Jackson, have this name.
  • Peak Popularity: Beau has seen a surge in popularity in the last handful of years.


  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Beautiful
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Isabella, Belle, Isabel, Isobel
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Bella Thorne and model Bella Hadid
  • Peak Popularity: Bella saw a burst of popularity starting in 2009—the year after the first "Twilight" movie, starring Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan, premiered.


  • OriginLatin
  • Meaning: Blessed
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ben, Benny
  • Famous Namesakes: Sherlock Holmes star Benedict Cumberbatch and several Catholic Popes
  • Peak Popularity: Benedict saw its peak popularity in the 1910s.


  • OriginHebrew
  • Meaning: Son of my right hand
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ben, Benny
  • Famous Namesakes: Benjamin is a popular name, and famous people with this name include actors Benjamin Bratt, Ben Affleck, and Ben Stiller, as well as famous folks in history like Ben Franklin.
  • Peak Popularity: Benjamin has been in the top 10 names for baby boys since 2015.


  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Little blessed one
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ben, Benny
  • Peak Popularity: Bennett continues to grow in popularity. Its biggest year was 2020.


  • OriginSpanish
  • Meaning: Bold as a bear
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Bernie
  • Famous Namesakes: Director and screenwriter Bernardo Bertolucci
  • Peak Popularity: Bernardo was most popular in the 1990s.


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Place of figs
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Beth, Bethani
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Bethany Joy Lenz and surfer Bethany Hamilton
  • Peak Popularity: The late 1980s saw the peak popularity for Bethany.


  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: White
  • Famous Namesakes: Actresses Bianca Lawson and Bianca King
  • Peak Popularity: Bianca was a popular name in the early 1990s, with 1990 being its peak year.


  • Origin: American
  • Meaning: Little bird
  • Famous Namesakes: Golfer Birdie Kim
  • Peak Popularity: Birdie is a retro name that was most popular in the early 1900s.


  • OriginScandinavian
  • Meaning: Bear
  • Famous Namesakes: Musicians Björn Ulvaeus and Björn Gelotte
  • Peak Popularity: Bjorn is becoming a more and more popular name. Its biggest year was 2020.


  • OriginScottish
  • Meaning: Battlefield
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Blare
  • Famous Namesakes: Actors Blair Underwood and Blair Redford
  • Peak Popularity: The last decade has seen huge growth for the name Blair. The biggest year so far was 2020.


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Pale blonde one
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Blake Lively, basketball player Blake Griffin, and singer Blake Shelton
  • Peak Popularity: Blake was popular in the 1990s and early 2000s but has seen a decline since then.


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Flame
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Blaise, Blaize
  • Peak Popularity: Blaze has held steady on the Social Security Administration popularity chart since its entry in 2000.


  • OriginGerman
  • Meaning: Messenger
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Bodie
  • Famous Namesakes: Olympic skier Bode Miller
  • Peak Popularity: The most popular year for Bode was 2010.


  • OriginIrish
  • Meaning: Yellow-haired
  • Famous Namesakes: Bowie is more commonly seen as a last name, such as with iconic singer David Bowie.
  • Peak Popularity: Bowie has only made the popularity chart one time, and it was in 2018.


  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Descendant of Bradoch
  • Famous Namesakes: Brady is a common last name, as seen with football player Tom Brady and actor Wayne Brady.
  • Peak Popularity: The years 2007 and 2008 were big for the name Brady.


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: From the broad meadow
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Brad, Bradlee
  • Famous Namesakes: Bradley is a popular name, and celebrities with this name include Bradley Cooper, Brad Paisley, and Brad Pitt.
  • Peak Popularity: The 1960s through the 1990s were all pretty significant for the name Bradley.


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: From the broom hill
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Brandyn
  • Famous Namesakes: Brandon is also a popular name, and well-known Brandons include singer Brandon Flowers, actor Brandon Routh, and football player Brandon Marshall.
  • Peak Popularity: Brandon peaked at No. 6 in 1992, 1993, and 1994.


  • Origin: American
  • Meaning: Son of Bradan
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Braiden
  • Peak Popularity: Brayden has seen a lot of growth in the past couple of decades, but its biggest year was 2011.


  • Origin: American
  • Meaning: Son of Bradan
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Braylen
  • Famous Namesakes: Football player Braylon Edwards
  • Peak Popularity: Braylon's most popular year was 2009.


  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Prince
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Brendon
  • Famous Namesakes: Actors Brendan Fraser and Brendan Gleeson
  • Peak Popularity: The late 1990s were popular for the name Brendan.


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Hill
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Brant
  • Famous Namesakes: Former NBA player Brent Barry and actor Brent Spiner
  • Peak Popularity: It was in the 1970s and 1980s when Brent was most popular.


  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Noble
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Bryan
  • Famous Namesakes: Singers Brian May, Bryan Adams, and Brian Wilson and actor Bryan Cranston
  • Peak Popularity: From 1967 through 1979, Brian was in the top 10 names for baby boys.


  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Noble
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Briana, Bryana
  • Famous Namesakes: "Deadpool" actress Brianna Hildebrand
  • Peak Popularity: Brianna was a popular name for baby girls born in the 1990s.


  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Exalted
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Brydget, Bryget, Brigitte
  • Famous Namesakes: Actresses Brigitte Bardot and Bridget Moynihan
  • Peak Popularity: Bridget's biggest year was 1973.


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: From Britain
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Britney, Brittney, Brittni, Britnie, Brit, Britt
  • Famous Namesakes: There are plenty of famous Brittanys, like Britney Spears, Brittany Snow, and Brittany Murphy.
  • Peak Popularity: From 1986 to 1995, Brittany was in the top 10 names for baby girls.


  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning: Name of a Scottish castle
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Brodie
  • Peak Popularity: The early 2000s were popular for the name Brody.


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Small stream
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Brook
  • Famous Namesakes: Model and actress Brooke Shields is one of the most well-known Brookes.
  • Peak Popularity: The 1990s and early 2000s were all big for the name Brooke.


  • Origin: American
  • Meaning: Pretty brook
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Brooklyne, Brooklin, Brooklynn
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Brooklyn Decker and model Brooklyn Beckham
  • Peak Popularity: The most popular year for Brooklyn was 2011.


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Speckled
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Brice
  • Famous Namesakes: Actresses Bryce Dallas Howard, daughter of actor and director Ron Howard, is one of the most famous people named Bryce.
  • Peak Popularity: Bryce was popular in the late 1990s and early 2000s.


  • OriginWelsh
  • Meaning: Hill
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Brynn Elliott and skater Brynn Carman
  • Peak Popularity: The biggest year for Brynn was 2012.


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Son of Brice
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Brice, Bryce
  • Famous Namesakes: Musician Bryson Tiller is a well-known person with this name.
  • Peak Popularity: Bryson has been popular in recent years, with 2017 being the biggest.


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: From the fortress
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Burk
  • Famous Namesakes: Burke is often seen as a last name. Celebrities with this name include actress Delta Burke and actor Billy Burke.
  • Peak Popularity: The only year Burke made the popularity chart was 1968.
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  1. Social Security Administration. Popularity of name.

By Hedy Phillips
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