Usage: Bela, of Hebrew origin, is a popular first name. It is more often used as a girl (female) name.
People having the name Bela are in general originating from Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, United States of America.
The Growth number corresponding to this first name is 2.
The name Bela is ranked on the 5,588th position of the most used names. It means that this name is commonly used.
We estimate that there are at least 24800 persons in the world having this name which is around 0.002% of the population.
The name Bela has four characters. It means that it is relatively short-length, compared to the other names in our database.
The graph below represents the number of people who were given the name Bela for each year since 1900 in the U.S.A.:
History and Origin
Béla (Magyar /belɒ/, English /beɪlə/ “BAY-luh”) is a common Hungarian male given name. Its most likely etymology is from old Hungarian bél (heart, inside – meaning intestines in modern Hungarian). Other possible sources are a Turkic word meaning ‘distinguished’ and the Slavic word for ‘white’.
Notable Bélas include:
- Béla I of Hungary
- Béla II of Hungary
- Béla III of Hungary
- Béla IV of Hungary
- Béla Balázs, Hungarian film critic, writer and poet
- Béla Bartók, Hungarian composer
- Béla Bollobás, Hungarian mathematician
- Béla Bugár, Slovak politician of Hungarian ethnicity
- Béla Fleck, American banjo player
- Béla Károlyi, an ethnic Hungarian Romanian gymnastics teacher
- Béla Király, Hungarian resistance fighter during World War II, as well as a military historian, author, and politician.
- Béla Kun, Hungarian Communist politician who ruled Hungary as the leader of the Hungarian Soviet Republic for a brief period in 1919
- Béla Lugosi, Hungarian actor in horror films, most well known for his performance as the title character in Dracula
- Béla Rajki-Reich, Hungarian swimming coach and water polo coach
- Béla Tarr, Hungarian film director
Hungarian: of uncertain origin. There seems to be no linguistic foundation for connecting it with the German name Albrecht (see Albert). It may be a borrowing from Slavonic, from belo white, the first element in such names as Belo-slav. Alternatively, it may be from the Hungarian vocabulary word bél inner part, or from a Turkic byname meaning ‘distinguished’.
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