Girl Baby Name

Beverly

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Quick Facts on Beverly

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • N/A
Pronunciation:
BEV-er-lee
Simple meaning:
Beaver Lake

Characteristics of Beverly

  • Authoritative
  • Powerful
  • Tough
  • Tenacious
  • Wealthy
  • Problem-solver
  • Achiever

Etymology & Historical Origin - Beverly

Beverly is a slight modification of Beverley, the transferred use of an English surname derived from a place name, so-called Beverley in East Yorkshire, England. The town was settled within the early Anglican Kingdom of Northumbria in the 7th century; it was essentially established through the construction of a Church erected by the Bishop of York who came to be known as John of Beverley. The town’s name, Beverley, is derived from the Old Anglo-Saxon words “beofor” meaning “beaver” and “lacu” meaning “lake, stream, creek;” obviously named for a beaver infested body of water nearby. Given St. John of Beverley’s growing cult (thanks to the miracles he purportedly performed) and the many pilgrimages to the region, the town expanded considerably by the 10th century. The first written record of Beverley, England was rendered as “Beverlacum” in the 11th century and later as “Beverli” in the Domesday Book of 1086. The surname Beverley would have either been assigned to the lord of the manor or folks who originally hailed from Beverley yet later relocated to another part of England (as a common means of identification). The surname “Beverli” first appeared in writing in the 12th century. Today in the United States, however, Beverly is more commonly associated with swanky Beverly Hills, the wealthy, star-studded town of Los Angeles County. Incidentally, Beverly Hills was named after Beverly, Massachusetts, a town established in 1668 and named after – you guessed it – Beverley, England.

Popularity of the Name Beverly

Beverly first appeared on the U.S. female naming charts in 1905. No coincidence, the previous year (1904) American author George Barr McCutcheon published “Beverly of Graustark”, the second novel in his popular “Graustark” series. In the book, Beverly is the captivating American woman with whom Prince Denton of Dawsbergen falls in love. Readers took to the name, and Beverly appeared on the American female naming charts for the first time in history. Not only that, but she caught on quickly as she ascended the charts. A film adaptation was made of McCutcheon’s novel in 1926 starring Marion Davies as Beverly. After that, Beverly would claim Top 100 status in the nation for the next nearly forty consecutive years (1926-1964). Her pinnacle achievement came in 1937 when Beverly was the 14th most popular baby girl’s name nationwide. By the 1970s, however, it became clear that Beverly was falling from fashionable use – and those drops became more pronounced in the 1990s. In fact, 1999 is the last year Beverly could be found on America’s Top 1000 list. So far the 21st century has not welcomed her back (only 123 baby girls were named Beverly in 2012). Still we find this eager little “beaver” quite charming!
Popularity of the Girl Name Beverly
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Beverly

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Beverly

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Beverly

    Beverly (Beverly of Graustark) Beverly of Graustark is the title character of George Barr McCutcheon’s 1904 novel, Beverly of Graustark, which was also made into a 1926 film of the same name, starring silent film star Marion Davies. One of a series of books set in the fictional Balkan country of Graustark, the plot takes the American Beverly Calhoun on a fantastical voyage abroad to Graustark, during which time she is involved in civil wars, kidnappings, identity disguises, and the inevitable falling in love. This is a tale full of swashbuckling derring-do, complete with enough roguery and romance to suit the tastes of the day. Beverly proves herself to be a plucky heroine with the American know-how to manage to circumvent disaster and enough of the Southern belle to “catch her man”. The man in question is Prince Dantan, her veritable match in the field of romance, and they live (mostly) happily (mostly) ever after. The original edition had illustrations by Harrison Fisher, and his depiction of Beverly is exactly as we want her to seem – the demure looking damsel façade barely hiding the adventurous tomboy lurking within.

  • Popular Songs on Beverly

    Popular Songs on Beverly

    Beverly - a song by Bobbie Gentry

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Beverly

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Beverly

    Beverly Billingsly Borrows a Book (Alexander Stadler) - One very special morning, Beverly Billingsly becomes a proud new card-carrying member of the Piedmont Public Library. But what happens when she forgets to return her book by its due date? Will Beverly ever be able to borrow another book? Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Beverly Billingsly Takes a Bow (Alexander Stadler) - Beverly is convinced a life in theater is her destiny--but her audition for the school play doesn’t go quite the way she planned. Despite her initial disappointment, Beverly learns that for the brightest of stars, no role is too small. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Beverly

    Famous People Named Beverly

    Famous People Named Beverly - Beverly Sills (opera singer); Beverly Cleary (author); Beverly D'Angelo (actress); Beverly Garland (actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Beverly

    Children of Famous People Named Beverly

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Beverly - Sidney Poitier (actor)

  • Historic Figures

    Beverly - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Beverly Sills (25 May 1929 – 2 Jul 2007) - More information forthcoming!

Personality of the Girl Name Beverly

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Variations of the Baby Name - Beverly

  • No Variations Found.
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