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    founder of BabyNames.com

Grandma Permilla
Hi Jennifer,
My grandmother’s middle name is Permilla, as was her grandmother’s middle name that died three months before my grandmother’s birth. I love the name and I wouldn’t mind having one of my future children’s middle name as Permilla (if I have a daughter), but I would like to know what it means. I have searched for the meaning many times but I have never been able to find the name or meaning on any website.  My guess is that it’s German because my great great grandmother’s father was from Germany, but I’m not sure.
Sincerely,
Brandon
Hi Brandon,
The name Permilla is an old English name. It very well could be a variation of Pamela or another old English name, Permelia. Some sources say Permelia is derived from the Latin phrase “per melia” which means “by” or “from” sweetness.
Hope that helps!
Sincerely,
Jennifer
Baby Bellamy

Jennifer,

I was wondering if you know the meaning of the name Bellamy? I noticed the name after actress Bellamy Young appeared on the TV show Scandal and I couldn’t find a meaning anywhere. Also, I really love the name and I love The French language, so what do you think of twist on the spelling, such as Belleamie?

Thank you!

Lyndsie

Dear Lyndsie,

The name Bellamy was originally an English surname, which–as you guessed–has French/Norman roots. It means “Good Friend” from the French/Latin terms “Belle” (good) and “Ami” (friend).

If I were you I would stick with the traditional spelling, Bellamy. I’m sure as a person who has had an alternate spelling of a traditional name, you have always had to spell your name for people, right? Has your name been a burden on you because of that?  It is a great name, by the way, and we’ve added the name (and the alternate spelling) to our database.

Sincerely,

Jennifer

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