Mermaid names have made it big in recent years. There’s Madison, Darryl Hannah’s character from Splash. Disney christened The Little Mermaid Ariel in 1989, and she and her princess friends are now found on little girls’ gear everywhere you look.
Deema – From the new Nickelodeon series Bubble Guppies, about a group of preschoolers and their adventures with teacher Mr. Grouper
Diana – From 2003 movie Mermaids, about a trio of fish-tailed sisters who set off to avenge the death of their merman father
June – From 2003 movie Mermaids
Molly – Another of the Bubble Guppies
Muirgen – An Irish story says that she was brought from the sea and baptized, and in some tellings, became a saint
Nixie – Yet another name for a water-dwelling spirit
Ondine – A German water sprite who marries a mortal, but never gets her happily ever after. In 2009, Colin Farrell played a fisherman who makes a surprising catch in the movie Ondine; Audrey Hepburn rose to fame playing Ondine on Broadway in 1954.
Oona – Another of the Bubble Guppies
Venus – From 2003 movie Mermaids, and known for posing on a shell in the Botticelli painting
Names That Would Fit a Mermaid
Cleodora – The daughter of a river god and lover of Poseidon
Doris – An ocean nymph from Greek myth
Ianthe – Another ocean nymph
Marina – From the Latin marinus – of the sea
Oceane – Pronounced oh SEE ahn, she’s big in the French-speaking world
Pearl – The jewel of the ocean
Sedna – An Inuit goddess of the sea
Tethys – An ancient Greek sea goddess, and mother of thousands of water nymphs
Waverly – Not related to the word wave, but the connection is irresistible
Ariel’s big sisters in The Little Mermaid
Aquata – Probably the least wearable of the group
From the mermaid statues of Norfolk, Virginia
And if you’re expecting a little merman, there’s always Triton.
Guest post by Abby Sandel of Appellation Mountain.