What does Bianca mean?
Bianca /bian-ca/ [3 sylls.] as a girls' name is pronounced bee-AHNK-ah. It is of Italian origin, and the meaning of Bianca is "white, pure".
Variant of Blanche (French). The meek younger daughter in Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew", a courtesan in "Othello", and the subject of a song in a spin-off musical "Kiss Me, Kate". Also made famous by former Rolling Stone wife Bianca Jagger, who was a Nicaraguan fashion model, peace worker, and diplomat. The name is appropriate for a fair-haired baby. The name Bianca can also be used as a short form of Biancaitian, a different name for the Japanese Buddhist Goddess Benzaiten, the known as the Goddess of knowledge, beauty, eloquence and art.
How popular is Bianca?
Bianca is a very popular first name for females (#710 out of 4276, Top 17%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#37640 out of 150436, Top 25%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Bianca for girls. Bianca entered the list in 1970-1979 and reached its apex rank of #84 in the U.S. in 1990, and is at #360 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Prominent alternative forms of Bianca (#360 last year) listed in the Top 1000 are Candida, Blanche, Blanch and Blanca. Usage of these girl names was at its apex during the years 1920-1929 (usage of 0.402%) and is now significantly less (usage 0.128%, 68.2% less), with the versions Blanca, Blanch, Blanche and Candida becoming less in vogue. Bianca (#360) is the most trendy name for newborns in this list. Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of Bianca and corresponding names. (2014 Birth Statistics)
A suggested similar baby name is Vianca. This name tends to be less commonly used than Bianca.