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Origin and popularity of the name BIEN


Bien : 1: Polish (Bień): from a short form of the personal names Benedykt (see Benedict) or Beniamin (see Benjamin).2: German: from dialect Bien (Middle High German bin bīn bie) ‘bee’ hence a metonymic occupational name for a beekeeper. Compare Biehn.3: French: from the personal name Bien a short form of Bibien a regional variant of Vivien from Latin Vivianus (see Vivian).4: French: nickname from the adverb bien ‘well’.5: Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): from a pet form of the personal name Beniamin (see Benjamin).6: Jewish (Ashkenazic): artificial name from Yiddish bin ‘bee’ German Bien(e) or a metonymic occupational name for a beekeeper.7: Vietnamese (Biên): from the Chinese surname 邊 (see Bian 1 and 9 below).8: Vietnamese (Biện): from the Chinese surname 卞 (see Bian 2 and 9 below).9: Chinese: variant of the surnames 卞 and 邊 see Bian 1 and 2.


Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England

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