A literary name first used in the 17th century by Sir John Vanbrugh for a character in "The Provok'd Wife" and then in the 18th century by Alexander Pope in "The Rape of the Lock." The origin and meaning is unknown but might possibly be a combination of "bella" which means "beautiful with the suffix "linda." The name was known during the 1980s for Belinda Carlisle, the lead singer of the all-female rock group "The Go-Go's," but it subsequently dropped off the chart during the late 1990s only to return in 2005, influenced by Grammy-nominated Mexican singer and actress, Belinda Peregrin Schull, who goes by the stage name "Belinda."

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