Neutral names starting with B
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An alphabetical list of neutral names starting with B, continued from the names page, see for more information. These are neutral-gender names, otherwise known as unisex names. They are equally appropriate for girls, boys, and people of any gender. Nonbinary people don't have to have neutral names, and many notable nonbinary people have names that are usually either masculine or feminine. Neutral names can help make it safer for people to explore their gender expressions. In English-speaking countries, some of the most familiar gender-neutral names starting with the letter B include Bailey, Bernie, and Billie. However, there are many more unisex names from around the world that start with B, more than 30 of them, as listed below. Previous page: neutral names starting with A. Next page: neutral names starting with C.
Babe. 1. English, an epithet of affection. 2. English. Pet form of Barbara. Feminine. 3. American. Pet name for athletes, from the time of Babe Ruth. US Social Security Administration (SSA) data shows about 1,769 people have had this given name, used as a feminine name 51% of the time. Keywords: affection, youth
Bai. Chinese. Meaning "white, pure" (白) or "one hundred, many" (百). US SSA data shows about 1,528 people have had this given name, used as a masculine name 58% of the time. Keywords: abundance, colours
Bailey. English. Meaning "Bailiff" or "Steward." Variants include Bailee and Baileigh. US SSA data shows about 1,284 people have had the given name Bailey, used as a feminine name 84% of the time. Nonbinary characters in fiction with this name include Bailey Gilande in the video game Transistor. Keywords: occupations, trades
Bao. Chinese. Meaning "treasure, precious" (宝) or "praise" (褒). US SSA data shows about 9,630 people have had this given name, used as a masculine name 53% of the time. Keywords: abundance, wealth
Bay. 1. English. Meaning "Sea inlet" or "The aromatic herb, bay" in English. 2. Vietnamese. Meaning "Seventh [that is, seventh-born, or born in the seventh month]" in Vietnamese. US SSA data shows about 2,517 people have had this given name, used as a feminine name 67% of the time. Keywords: elements, nature, places, water
Baylor. English (Anglo-Saxon). Meaning "Horse trainer." US SSA data shows about 450 people have had this given name, used as a masculine name 77% of the time. Keywords: animals, occupations, trades
Bee. English. Meaning "Bee," or a short form of many names starting with B. US SSA data shows about 9,068 people have had this given name, used as a masculine name 64% of the time. Keywords: animals, nature
Bennie. English. Neutral short form of masculine Benjamin, feminine Benjamina, and other names containing "ben." In the US, SSA data shows about 56,230 people have had this given name, used as a masculine name 84% of the time.
Berkeley. English. Meaning "From the birch wood." In the US, SSA data shows about 1,184 people have had this given name, used as a feminine name 57% of the time. Keywords: earth, nature, neutral inclined, places, plants
Bern, Berne, Bernie, Berni, or Berny. English. Short for masculine names Bernard, feminine names Bernadette, Bernice, and so on. Bernard is a French name meaning "Brave" or "Bold as a bear." In the US, SSA data shows about 26,834 people have had the name Bernie, used as a masculine name 85% of the time. Keywords: animals, courage, virtue
Bertie, Berti, or Berty. English and German. Short for many masculine and feminine names containing "bert," such as Albert, Alberta, Bertha, Herbert, Robert, Roberta, and so on. In the US, SSA data shows about 9,742 people with the name Bertie, used as a feminine name 94% of the time, which is not very gender neutral. However, it has likely been used as a nickname for more people than these official records show.
Bill, Billi, Billie, or Billy. Short for masculine names such as William, and feminine names such as Wilhelmina. US SSA data shows Billie as a feminine name 78% of the time, so it is the most neutral variant, whereas Bill and Billy show more strictly masculine use. These nicknames are likely used for more people than shown in those official records. Notable nonbinary people with this name include American rapper Billy Dean Thomas.
Bird or Byrd. English. Meaning "Bird." In the US, SSA data shows about 176 people with the given name Bird, used as a masculine name 83% of the time, so it is the more neutral version, whereas Byrd is used as a masculine name 91% of the time. Keywords: animals, nature
Blair, Blær, Blaer, or Blaire. Scottish, English, Gaelic. From a family name meaning "Plain, field, battlefield." In the US, SSA data shows about 31,560 people with the given name Blair, used as a masculine name 52% of the time, so it is the most neutral version, whereas Blaire is used as a feminine name 98% of the time. Keywords: nature, places, war, history
Blakeley or Blakely. English. Meaning "Dark forest." In the US, SSA data shows about 214 people with the given name Blakeley, used as a feminine name 88% of the time,whereas there have been about 1,203 people with the variant Blakely, used as a feminine name 78% of the time, so it is the more neutral version. Keywords: colours, fantasy, nature, places
Blue. English. Meaning "The colour blue." Variants include Blu. In the US, SSA data shows about 223 people have had this given name, used as a masculine name 73% of the time. Keywords: colours. Notable nonbinary people with this name include American comics creator Blue Delliquanti and Canadian drag performer Blue Wild Rye.
Bo. 1. Short for many masculine, feminine, and unisex names. 2. (波). Chinese. Meaning "sea" or "waves." Unisex. 3. Romani. Meaning "Colonist, settler." Masculine. 4. Swedish. Meaning "Householder." Masculine. Keywords: nature, water
Bob, Bobbi, Bobbie, or Bobby. English. Short for the masculine name Robert, feminine names Barbara and Roberta, and unisex name Robin. Robert and its variations go back to an ancient Germanic name Hredobeorht, meaning "Shining with fame" in ancient Germanic. US SSA data shows Bob and Bobby are strictly used as masculine names, while Bobbi is strictly feminine. Bobbie is the most neutral variant, used as a feminine name 84% of the time. More people likely go by these nicknames than shown in official records. Notable nonbinary people with this name include American actor Bobbi Salvör Menuez. The Peacock comedy series Rutherford Falls (2021) features a nonbinary character named Bobbie, played by nonbinary actor Jesse Leigh.
Breck, Brecken, or Breckin. Irish and Welsh. Meaning "Freckled." In the US, SSA data shows about 2,150 people have had this given name, used as a masculine name 82% of the time. Keywords: appearance
Briar or Brier. English. Meaning "Thorny shrub" in English. In the US, SSA data shows about 436 people named Briar, used as a masculine name 66% of the time; US SSA data shows about 167 people go by the variant Brier, also 66% masculine. Keywords: nature, plants
Brighton. From the surname, from the place name, meaning "Bright town." US SSA data shows about 181 people with this given name, used as a masculine name 64% of the time; Keywords: travel, two syllables.
Brit. English, Irish, and Scandinavian. Meaning "Exalted," from Brigit. Also a nickname for names such as Brittany. In the US, SSA data shows about 2,484 people have had this given name, used as a masculine name 82% of the time.
'Brixton. American English. This became a given name in the 2000s. From the name of the district in the city of London, England. US SSA data shows about 14 people have had this given name, used as a masculine name 88% of the time.
Brook. English. Popular as a neutral name starting in the 1970s. From the surname. Meaning "A small stream" in English. US SSA data shows about 12,820 people have had this given name, used as a feminine name 76% of the time.
Bryn, Bryne, or Brynn. Welsh. Meaning "Hill." Other variants include Brin. In the US, SSA data shows about 3,260 people have had this given name, used as a feminine name 84% of the time. Keywords: nature, places
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