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What does Belinda mean?

Belinda Pronunciation of Belinda [be-lin-da] as a girls' name is pronounced ba-LIN-dah. It is of Italian origin, and the meaning of Belinda is "beautiful". Probably from Italian "bella" (see Bella) with the suffix -inda, or with the Germanic "lind" meaning "serpent, dragon" or "linde" meaning "soft, tender". It was used by Sir John Vanbrugh for a character in his comedy "The Provok'd Wife" (1697) and by Alexander Pope for the society beauty in his poem "The Rape of the Lock" (1712). Has upper-class English connotations. Pop singer Belinda Carlisle.


Belinda has 12 variants: Bel, Belenda, Belindra, Belle, Bellinda, Bellynda, Belynda, Bindy, Linda, Lindie, Lindy and Velinda.

Related girl names: Clarinda and Elinda.

2 more related forms via Bella: Bellissa and Belva.

1 masculine form: Belindo.

Creative forms:
(female) Bailinda, Belinna, ..

(male) Belina, Belinri, ..

Middle name pairings:
Belinda Izabella (B.I.), ..

How popular is Belinda?

Belinda is a very popular first name for women (#305 out of 4276, Top 7%) and a slightly less popular last name for all people (#136783 out of 150436, Top 91%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Belinda reached its highest position of #165 in the U.S. in the 1960s, and is at #1263 currently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Belinda name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Belinda outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Popular variation forms of Belinda (#1263 in 2015) are Bella (#74 in 2015), Belle (#1053), Belva, Clarinda, Linda (#670), Lindy and Velinda. Adoption of these relations of Belinda was more pronounced 75 years ago (median #1220) and has become much lower since (#1382, 93.8%).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Belinda, Bella, Belle, Belva, Clarinda in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Linda, Lindy, Velinda in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Bella, Linda outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Adelinda, Alinda, Amelinda, Arlinda, Barinda, Belanna, Belia, Belicia, Belita, Bellina, Belona, Betina, Blanda, Blondy, Brinda, Calinda, Celida, Celina, Celinda, Celinde, Celinka, Celinna, Colinda, Delina, Delinda, Deolinda, Derinda, Erlinda, Felina, Glinda, Jelina, Jolinda, Kalinda, Malinda, Melida, Melina, Melinda, Melinde (see Melinda), Mellinda, Melynda, Nelida, Odelinda, Olinda, Salinda, Selina, Selinda, Selinde, Yalinda, Zelina and Zerlinda. These names tend to be less commonly used than Belinda.

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