What does Bianca mean?
Bianca /bian-ca/ 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 relations of Bianca was widespread during the years 1920-1929 (usage of 0.402%) and is somewhat lower today (usage 0.128%, 68% less), with the versions Blanca, Blanch, Blanche and Candida becoming less in vogue. Bianca has historically been a favorite of parents. Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of Bianca and corresponding names. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Suggested similar baby names are Bina, Blanda, Brana, Branda, Branka, Brianda, Brianna, Cianna, Diana, Dianda, Dianna, Giana, Gianna, Jiana, Jianna, Kiana, Kianna, Qiana, Riana, Rianna, Siana, Sianna, Tianna, Viana and Vianca. These names tend to be less commonly used than Bianca.