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Beverley

Origin: Kenya
gender-female
Region Origin: Eastern Africa

Beverley, a charming gender-neutral name of English origin, means "from the beaver stream". It is derived from an English surname, which was in turn taken from the place name Beverley. The place name derives from Old English, combining "befer" (beaver) and "leah" (clearing). Once a common surname, it has gained popularity as a first name for both boys and girls. The name Beverley has its origins in the city of Beverley in East Yorkshire, England. The city's name is derived from the Old English "beofor" (beaver) and "licc" (possibly meaning "stream"). Saint John of Beverly, an English bishop who became the Bishop of York, is one of the most important carriers of this name from the early times. He is known for founding the town of Beverley by building a monastery there and for his compassion towards the poor and diligent training for his students. The name Beverley has been used predominantly as a boy's name in the 19th century but gradually became a popular first name for girls as well.

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