[ 3 syll. be-lin-da, bel-i-nda ] The baby girl name Belinda is pronounced Beh-LIHND-ah †.
1: Belinda's language of origin is Germanic. It is predominantly used in the English, German, Italian, and Spanish languages. An old form of Belinda is Betlindis (Germanic). The name is of obscure origin, possibly Germanic from the first element berht (meaning 'bright, famous') or badu ('fight, battle'), and the second element lind ('weak, soft, gentle, friendly') or lindi. It has often been taken to mean 'beautiful snake', in reference to the snake as a sacred symbol of wisdom and immortality in medieval times. Alternatively, the name could be of Italian or Spanish roots. The name was well used in Europe in the Middle Ages but was adopted by English speakers only since the 17th century. The name grew in popularity after it appeared in various works of literature, notably Sir John Vanbrugh's comedy The Provok'd Wife (1697) and Alexander Pope's poem The Rape of the Lock (1714).
The name Belinda is widely used; it has 28 forms that are used in English and foreign languages. Forms of the name used in English include Annabelinda, Balina, Balinda, Baline, Balynda, Balyndah, Beleinda, Beleindah, Belenda, Belienda, Beliendah, Belina, Belindah, Belindra, Bellinda (also used in Spanish), Bellynda, Belyndah, Bindi, Lindy (also used in Spanish), and Velinda. Other English forms include the contractions Bel (also used in Spanish) and Blinda, the familiar forms Bella (also used in German, Italian, Scottish, and Spanish), Belle (also used in French, and Spanish), Bindy, and Linda (also used in Czech, Dutch, Italian, Scandinavian, and Spanish), and the variant spelling Belynda. The German Belinde is a form of Belinda that is in foreign languages.
2: Belinda is used predominantly in the English, German, and Italian languages, and it is derived from Italian origins. It is derived from the element 'bella' which means beautiful. The name could have been Italian in origin, from the element 'bella' with the diminutive suffix '-inda'. In Italian literature, Belinda was the wife of Orlando the subject of Charlemagne.
3: Belinda is of Spanish origin. It is used mainly in English, German, and Italian. It is derived from the word linda which is of the meaning 'beautiful'.
Belinda is uncommon as a baby girl name. At the modest height of its usage in 1961, 0.150% of baby girls were named Belinda. It was #142 in rank then. The baby name has fallen out of favor since then, and is currently used only on a very light scale. Within the family of girl names directly related to Belinda, Bella was the most popular in 2012.
Baby names that sound like Belinda include Valencia, Belinde, Blanda, Blenda, Blonde, Blondee, Blondey, Blondi, Blondie, and Blondy.
† Pronunciation for Belinda: B as in "be (B.IY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; D as in "day (D.EY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)"
Details of famous persons named Belinda:
Actress Belinda Lang, born Belinda Lange 23 December 1953, Marylebone, London, England.
Singer Belinda Carlisle, born Belinda Jo Carlisle 17 August 1958, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.