Meanings of Names

Baby names can take their meanings from a range of sources, and these lists organize them for you. We've got Baby Names That Mean Powerful and Names That Mean Handsome, there are lists of baby names with Christmas meanings and those that relate to the seasons.

  • Baby Names That Mean Beautiful

    What would a little girl like more than a name denoting beauty? Here are some baby names that fit that bill.

  • Baby Names That Mean Friend or Friendly

    All these baby names have meanings involving friendship--something we're sure you wish for your child.

  • Baby Names That Mean Handsome

    Baby names that mean handsome can help your little boy's self-image. Good-looking baby names for boys include:

  • Baby Names That Mean Happy

    Happiness is a wonderful meaning for a baby's name, suggesting an upbeat personality and a positive future. Here are some baby names that mean happy.

  • Baby Names That Mean Hope

    Baby names that mean hope reflect the hope we're filled with for our children's futures. Here, a selection of baby names that mean hope in various cultures.

  • Baby Names That Mean Love

    Baby names that mean love hail from a range of different cultures with the unifying theme of a love -- and lovely and loving -- meaning. And what could be a more wonderful meaning for a name than love?

  • Baby Names That Mean Luck

    Want to bless your child with good fortune? Then consider one of these names that mean luck, lucky, or fortunate.

  • Baby Names That Mean New Beginnings

    These are baby names that mean newness, freshness and dawn, in various cultures.

  • Baby Names That Mean Strong

    Baby names that mean strong may help arm your child for whatever lies ahead. The following are baby names that include strength in their meaning.

  • Baby Names with Animal Meanings

    Animal baby names, a subset of the ever-more-popular nature names, sometimes come out and state themselves clearly -- Fox, Lark -- and sometimes are only revealed via their root meaning. This list of animal baby names contains both types. Also note: We're light on bird names since we include the complete variety in their own list.

  • Baby Names with Uplifting Meanings

    These baby names for girls all have positive meanings that could set your child on the right course for life.

  • Blond Baby Names

    For your little towhead, here's a selection of baby names that mean fair or blond.

  • Boy Baby Names That Mean Wise

    Wisdom is a more valuable quality than ever. Here are some baby names that confer it by their meaning.

  • Boy Names That Mean Powerful

    To give your son an extra measure of strength, choose one of these baby boy names that mean powerful.

  • Christmas Baby Names

    Expecting a Christmas baby, or just want a name that connotes the magical season? Here, our collection of Christmas baby names. See our blog for even more Christmas baby names.

  • Dark Baby Names

    Expecting a baby with dark hair, or eyes, or skin, or simply looking for a name that means (or suggests) dark or black? Consider these baby names.

  • Day Names

    The ancient tradition of day-naming -- choosing a name from the day of the week, the month, the season or holiday, or even a time of day -- feels fresh again now. Here, examples of day names that could work as modern baby names,.

  • Easter Baby Names

    Expecting an Easter baby? These baby names refer to the springtime holiday, including international names for Easter, Easter flowers, biblical personages connected with the holiday, or Easter's symbolism of rebirth.

  • Girl Names That Mean Brave or Powerful

    An interesting group of names that just might empower your baby girl.

  • Halloween Baby Names

    Halloween baby names reference the holiday and all things spooky. Would you really want to choose one of these baby names for a child born on or near Halloween? Debatable. But those who are into celebrating the holiday may want to adopt their own Halloween name from this collection of names of ghostly or witchy people, characters, and things.

  • Inspirational Baby Names

    Baby names with inspirational meanings or from spiritual sources strike an uplifting chord. Inspirational baby names include:

  • Middle Names with Meaning

    More and more parents want to choose middle names with meaning. That may be the name of a beloved friend or family member, a surname rescued from your family tree, or -- in the case of the meaningful names here -- a choice with an inspirational feel.

  • Military Baby Names

    Military ranks and weapons--everything is fair game in the struggle to find the right baby name.

  • Names for Autumn Babies

    For those expecting a fall baby, there are a flurry of colorful autumn-inspired choices. Here are some of the most inspired picks for autumn baby names:

  • Names with Royal Meanings

    No, we don't mean actual royal baby names, such as George, but names that mean king, prince, queen, even royal. Some choices if you want to give your child a royal baby name, but subtle-y.

  • New Year's Baby Names

    The start of a new year brings with it a sense of fresh beginnings, a new dawn dawning, and hopes for the future. Here are some baby names from various cultures whose meanings reflect those feelings, especially appropriate for a baby born near the start of a new year.

  • Occupational Baby Names

    Occupational baby names, most of them originally surnames to describe the person's job, have taken on significant style value over the past years and are destined to rise even further. Think of them as the surname-names or place-names of the future. Most of these baby names work best for boys, but can cross over to the girls' side.

  • Pretty Girl Names

    Pretty girl names are pretty -- attractive, feminine, sometimes frilly -- in themselves. They also conjure the image of a pretty girl. And some of these names literally mean pretty or beautiful. While prettiness may ultimately be in the eye (and ear) of the beholder, we think these names say Pretty Girl.

  • Redhead Baby Names

    Expecting a little redhead? Here are some baby names that mean red or redhead.

  • Son Baby Names

    Baby names that end in son originated just the way you think: They designated that the person -- Jackson, say, or Jefferson -- was the son of Jack or Jeffery. Son makes a stylish first name ending today, mostly for boys but since the era of Allison, also for girls. Son baby names can make for an original way to honor an ancestor while slightly varying the name. Some prime examples:

  • Space Baby Names

    There are cool star names like Uma and Bono, and then there are the even more extreme astronomical star and constellation names, which might appeal to parents looking for baby names that are unique and celestial -- in other words, a heavenly name. Some stellar ideas:

  • Spiritual Baby Names

    Spiritual baby names suggest qualities we'd all like our children to aspire to and fit our new definition of cool. While they seem as if they can work for both genders, most spiritual baby names have been veering toward the feminine side. A few, such as Trinity, Destiny, Sky, and Genesis, are already staples on the girls' popularity lists. Here, some spiritual names that might be right for your baby.

  • Spring Baby Names

    Spring has sprung in the world of baby names. For your springtime baby, or just to represent the season's lively qualities, consider these baby names that mean or relate to spring.

  • Summer Baby Names

    Summer is one of the nicest times of year to have a baby, the warm weather and slow pace making it that much easier to relax into new motherhood. Here is a list of baby names that summon the season, from nature to the ocean to the gemstones of summer months:

  • Virtue Names

    Virtue names, favored by the Puritans, represent qualities we should embody or at least aspire to. Virtue names that can work as modern baby names include:

  • Weather Baby Names

    Weather baby names are a branch of nature names that reference the -- well, the weather! Some have direct weather meanings while others have a more subtle connection to the weather -- Eira, for instance, is a Welsh name that means snow, and Makani is Hawaiian for wind. Here are some weather baby names for you to consider.

  • Winter Baby Names

    Here, inspirational winter baby names for the child born when the snow is falling and the weather is chill. Along with Winter itself, you might consider these winter baby names: