Belén

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Spanish
Meaning: “Bethlehem”
(be-LEN)

The name is a Spanish form of Bethlahem and was originally used in honor of Mary of Bethlehem.

The name is found alone and in various Spanish compounds, which include:

  • Ana Belén
  • Maria Belén

Diminutives include:

Anabel (for Ana Belén)
Belu
Belencita
Bel
Belencilla

Sources

  1. http://www.behindthename.com/name/bele10n
  2. http://kurufin.narod.ru/html/spain.html
  3. http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hipocor%C3%ADstico
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Belén

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Spanish
Meaning: “Bethlehem”
(be-LEN)

The name is a Spanish form of the Hebrew place name, Bethlehem, which is ultimately derived from the Hebrew בֵּית לָחֶם (beit lachem) meaning “house of bread.” The name was originally bestowed upon girls born around the Christmas season, it is sometimes used in conjunction with other names, such as Maria Belén and Ana Belén.

As of 2008, Belén ranked in as the 866th most popular female name in the United States. She ranked in at # 18 in Chile in 2006.

In Spain, her designated name-day is December 25.