names that start with b

A brand-new baby is a beautiful thing. But while you’re gearing up to be burping, breastfeeding (or bottle-feeding), and bouncing that boisterous little human around the clock once they arrive, you better believe you’re going to want one brilliant and bold name for that beaming sweet face you’re about to spend so many blissful bedtimes (and early mornings) with.

Maybe you want some alliterative twin names (Ben and Branson?) or first-middle pair (Bryce Briar?) or maybe you’re just plain bonkers over your hometown of Brooklyn, Boise or Brisbane and want to name your kid thusly. We won’t judge. Whatever brought you a-Googling “baby names beginning with B,” rest assured you’ve landed in the right place. Here are our picks guaranteed to bewitch — and blossom as baby grows.

Classic ‘B’ names for girls

  • Bella (not just forTwilightfans)
  • Beatrice/Beatrix (from Gaelic, meaning “bringer of joy”)
  • Betty (Boop or Draper, bombshells galore)
  • Beth (the wisest sister inLittle Women, a trueOscar-winning baby name)
  • Bitsy (of Hebrew origin, meaning “pledged to God”)
  • Brigit/Brigid/Brigitte (anIrish baby namemeaning“the high one” or “strength”)
  • Brooke (Shields leaves some glam shoes to fill)
  • Bethany (aBiblical baby namefrom the Hebrew)
  • Bianca (someTaming of the Shrewor maybe10 Things I Hate About Youinspo?)
  • Beverley (Hills, Cleary, all kinds of human and geographical favorites!)
  • Bernice/Berenice (She’s abadass who bobbed her hair. Enough said.)

Trendy ‘B’ names for girls

  • Belladonna (witchy)
  • Bellatrix (witchier)
  • Brianna (aCeltic name meaning “strong” or “she ascends”)
  • Baileigh/Bailee (the sound of a human born in 2020 for sure)
  • Birdie (Busy Philipps snagged this cutie for her daughter)
  • Bluebell (nature namesare all the rage)
  • Blossom (see?!)
  • Blythe (Anglo-Saxon name meaning “happy,” daww)

Classic ‘B’ names for boys

  • Benjamin (Hebrew name meaning, believe it or not, “son of the right hand”)
  • Bob/Bobby (Bobby come on over for dinner— when quarantine is over)
  • Bradley (Cooper, Whitford, either way he’ll probably be a Democrat)
  • Barnaby (fans of Charles Dickensmay enjoy this one)
  • Billy (this one is pretty unisex but the “y” version is usually a dude)
  • Barney (Stinson! The Purple Dinosaur! Either way, he’s got a sure sense of humor)
  • Barry (there’s truly a part of us that wants to see a resurgence of tiny Barrys in 2020)
  • Brian (masculine of Brianna,meaning “he ascends”)
  • Bernard (“strong as a bear” — the less-common variation Bjornalso means this)

Trendy ‘B’ names for boys

  • Barric (an English name meaning “grain farm”)
  • Brooks (creeks, streams, rivers, all soothing!)
  • Brody (Irish name meaning “from the muddy place,”and if that ain’t 2020 I dunno what is)
  • Buck (meaning“weaver” in Greek)
  • Bowie (talk about a rock star baby name)
  • Beau (or Bo, sweet and simple and oh-so Southern)
  • Bear (cuddlier than Buck, but still wild)
  • Balthazar(one of the wise Magi)
  • Bastian (forNeverending Storydiehards everywhere)
  • Basil (Fawlty, The Great, you pick)
  • Beck (guaranteed to NOT be a “Loser,” baby)
  • Benedict (thankfully, we have Cumberbatch instead of Arnold to be #1 namesake)
  • Bentley (if you want to be all bougie about it)
  • Brantley(becoming more popular according to the Social Security Administration)

Unisex ‘B’ names

  • Blue (Beyoncé approved, come on)
  • Bo (between Diddley and Burnham, we know who we’d pick)
  • Billie (Lady Day is one iconic namesake)
  • Blaine (David Blaine the magician? No?)
  • Bertie (derived fromFrench meaning “intelligent, glorious raven”— I mean!!)
  • Bobbie (bonus if you have girl twins named Billie and Bobbie)
  • Blaze (you can’t say no to a kid named Blaze)
  • Bryce (named after the canyon, this will be one deep kid)
  • Blake (Lively vs. Shelton?)
  • Bronx (my personal favorite borough, andAshlee Simpson’s too apparently)
  • Bailey (one of the few names that sounds great for a boy, girl, OR dog)
  • Beckett (because aren’t we all livingWaiting for Godotright now?)
  • Bergen (from Old German and Scandinavian, meaning “lives on the mountain”)
  • Bond (meaning “tied to the land,” from Middle and Old English)

Game of Thrones ‘B’ baby names

Who knew?! Clearly, ‘B’ is a favorite letter for the Game of Thrones gang o’ names.

  • Brienne(member of Renly Baratheon’s Kingsguard)
  • Benjen (younger brother of Eddard Stark and a member of the Night’s Watch)
  • Bran(oh, Bran. The fourth child of Eddard and Catelyn Stark)
  • Bronn (a swordsman loyal to House Lannister)
  • Brynden (head of House Tully and the Lord of Riverrun)


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