[ 3 syll. be-ver-ly, bev-e-rly ] The baby girl name Beverly is also used as a boy name, though it is far more popular for girls. It is pronounced as BEH-V-er-Liy- †. Beverly has its origins in the Old English language. It is used largely in English and German. The name Beverly means 'beaver meadow'. The first name is derived from a place name, possibly Beverly in Yorkshire, England, which is ultimately of the elements beofor and leah (meaning 'wood, clearing, meadow'). The feminine name was first promoted by the highly popular novel Beverly of Graustark (1904), written by George Barr McCutcheon. The name's popularity subsequently grew through its association with the glitzy Beverly Hills, where many American stars lived. See Beverly for more information.
Forms of Beverly include the English Bevalee, the name Beverle, the name Beverlea, the name Beverleah, the name Beverleigh, the name Beverli, the name Beverlie, the name Beverlye, the name Bevvy, and the name Verly.
See also the related form, the name Beverlyann.
Beverly is unusual as a baby girl name. Its usage peaked in 1937 with 0.875% of baby girls being named Beverly. It had a ranking of #14 then. The baby name has substantially slipped in popularity since then, and is used only on a very modest scale now. Among all girl names in its family, Beverly was nevertheless the most regularly used in 2018. Though there were times prior to 1907 when more boys than baby girls were given the name Beverly, the name is today more frequently used for baby girls. There were 170 times more baby girls than boys who were named Beverly in 1954.
Baby names that sound like Beverly include Beverlee, Beverley, Beverli, Beverlie, Berill, Berille, Beryll, Berylle, Beverlye, Braulio, Beverleah, Beverlyann, Barlo, Barloe, Barlow, Barlowe, Barrlowe, Beryl, Beryle, and Brailey.
† Pronunciation for Beverly: B as in "be (B.IY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; V as in "vow (V.AW)" ; ER as in "hurt (HH.ER.T)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"
Details of famous persons named Beverly:
Author Beverly Cleary, born Beverly Atlee Bunn 12 April 1916, McMinnville, Oregon.
Opera Singer Beverly Sills, born Belle Miriam Silverman May 25, 1929 - July 2, 2007, Brooklyn, New York.