Name advice from Jennifer Moss, founder & CEO of BabyNames.com
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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?
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.
I have a very unique name: Emela. I come from Slavic origin, since I am Bosnian, and I would just like to know if you by any chance know what my name means.
You have a beautiful name! The closest name I could find in my research is the French name, Emele. They most probably have the same roots. Emele means “ Industrious, Admiring.”
I will add your name to the site!
Hi! I know a girl with the name Minette, but couldn’t find it on your site and thought it was really pretty. Could it be added? I know it is of French origin, but don’t know much beyond that.
The root “Min” comes from the name Minnie, which is a diminutive form of the name Mary. “Ette” is a French tag that was originally used for nicknames. So yes, the origin is French, and the meaning is the same as Mary: “Bitter” or “Of the Sea.” Thank you for this new name! We will add Minette to our names database.