Category: Meanings of Baby Names

secret animal names

By John Kelly

The name Fox has cracked into the UK’s 1000 most popular names, while Kate Winslet and Alicia Silverstone are both raising children named Bear. But if you’re not quite up for naming your baby directly after an animal, consider the many names that have some majestic and inspiring animals hiding in their origins.

A Pack of Canines

The X-FilesFox Mulder sounds snappier than Todd Mulder, doesn’t it? And yet, the name Todd actually does mean “fox.” Todd began as a nickname, of obscure origin, in northern England dialect.

Caleb, 2015’s 37th most popular boy name, might literally mean “dog,” from the Hebrew keleb, with a sense of “devotion.”

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Them Are Fighting Names

baby names meaning

by Pamela Redmond Satran

We’re always spotlighting baby names that have appealing meanings: nature and intelligence, peace and love.

But the fact is that many ancient names have meanings that relate to fighting and war and victory, undoubtedly desirable qualities to parents who feared that their babies might be kidnapped by Huns or eaten by wolves.

In the modern world, parents tend to choose one of these battle-related name despite rather than because of a meaning like “renowned warrior” or “elf spear”. And those who want a fierce-sounding name may opt for something more explicit like Wilder or Gunner, Hunter or Blade.

But a user-created list we recently spotlighted by @nidorina reminded us just how many fighting, war, soldier, protector, and guardian names there are from deep in the traditional naming lexicon. And there are many more than listed there. An overview:

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synchronized sisters

By Kara Blakley

Twin names and honor names are some of the hottest topics on the Nameberry forums.

Some folks like a direct approach, sticking with a shared first initial or passing down identical names from one generation to the next. Others like a more subtle approach. For the subtle crowd, I like the idea of ‘cognate’ names: names that are either the direct meaning of a name (e.g., Margaret means pearl), or names that share a meaning. These names can add a subtle connection between siblings or generations, or alternatively, they might be names you want to avoid using in the same combination.

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Baby Names with Strong Meanings

baby names that mean strong

By Pamela Redmond Satran

Many parents today like the meaning of their child’s name to announce itself: True, Justice, Pax.

Or they might favor a place-name or word name or family name whose meaning is more personal than literal: London as a nod to their honeymoon city or Leonie for its fierce animal reference or Lowell after grandma’s maiden name.

If the ancient meaning of a name has less, well, meaning than it used to, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t matter at all. (Sounds like a tongue twister, doesn’t it?)

In fact, knowing the meaning of the name you choose or even choosing a name for its meaning may be a way to add depth and dimension to your baby name choice. The name you pick may be fashionable or feminine or flow well with your last name, but it also resonates for you (and eventually will for your child) because of the power of its meaning.

Today we’re looking at names that mean strong. That may convey a quality you wish to confer on your baby for the future or even the present. And what child, female or male, strapping or struggling, couldn’t use an extra measure of strength, whether physical or spiritual?

The wide range of baby names that mean strong (or strength or power or powerful) include:

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A Gift Name for your Bundle of Joy

bundle of joy names

A bundle of joy. A gift from above. These terms have been used ad infinitum to describe a newborn babe. So why not honor that concept by choosing a name that actually has the meaning of ‘gift’? There are a lot of them—many of them signifying ‘gift from God’—and here are a dozen of the best. And note that, since dora or doros means ‘gift’ in Greek, this encompasses a whole range of great names, from Theodore to Pandora.

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