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Origin of the name BELINDA.
Etymology of the name BELINDA.
Meaning of the baby name BELINDA.


BELINDA.  Possibly from Italian Bella Linda, both words meaning "beautiful, pretty."  Or, it may be a corrupted form of bellino, a diminutive of bello, "beautiful." (Praenomina, Charnock, 1882).  Yonge makes it an English borrowing of the Italian, of Teutonic origin, meaning "serpent."  Swan renders the name "beautiful snake."  Usage: America, England, Italy.

... Belinda, originally the property of the wife of Orlando, was chosen by Pope for his heroine of Rape of the Lock;... (History of Christian Names, Yonge, 1884)

Belinda means "beautiful snake," and was at one time a fashionable name in England.  It is the name of one of Maria Edgworth's novels and was also that of Pope's heroine in The Rape of the Lock, though Mrs. Fermor for whom the Belinda of the poem was intended, was really called Arabella, to whom Pope addressed the famous lines:

If to her share some female errors fall,
Look on her face, and you'll forget them all.

    There is a Belinda in Congreve's play The Old Bachelor, and a Belina in Vanbrugh's Provoked Wife. (Girls' Christian Names, Swan, 1905)


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