Sunday, February 19, 2012

Belina

Saint Belina, whose feast day is February 19, was a peasant girl from France who died protecting her virginity. I don't think she was a Patron Saint. Other than this, not much is known about her, but her name is beautiful enough to feature a post on. She is not to be confused with Bellona, the Roman goddess of battle. Belina and Bellina, primarily used in Spanish and Italian, mean "beautiful" and are typical variants of Bella. The male variant, Bellino, also means "beautiful," and honors St. Bellino, whose feast day is November 26.

In 2010 there were 13 baby girls named Belina and 9 Bellina. Both Belina and Bellina have desirable nicknames, including Bee, Bell/Belle, Bella, and Lina. In 2011 there were 8 girls named Belina and 12 Bellina.

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