Names That Mean Golden

  1. Aurelia
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "the golden one"
    • Description:

      Aurelia is an ancient Roman name that's become a surprise hit in the contemporary world. A top favorite on Nameberry, it reentered the US Top 1000 in 2014 after a 70-year absence and continues to climb.
  2. Aurelius
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "the golden one"
    • Description:

      Since Aurelius was given the supermodel seal of approval by Elle Macpherson, this is one of the Roman emperor names, like Augustus, now in the realm of possibility. Like the female Aurelia and Aurora, Aurelius has a particularly warm golden aura.
  3. Marigold
    • Origin:

      Flower name, from English
    • Meaning:

      "golden flower"
    • Description:

      Marigold, once found almost exclusively in English novels and aristocratic nurseries, is beginning to be talked about and considered here. It has a sweet, sunny, quirky feel. The marigold was the symbol of the Virgin Mary.
  4. Orla
    • Origin:

      Irish
    • Meaning:

      "golden princess"
    • Description:

      Orla is an Irish name closely associated with the high king Brian Boru, as it was the name of his sister, daughter and niece. It was very popular in the Middle Ages – the fourth most popular name in twelfth century Ireland – and has become popular again in Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales today. In Irish, the name is commonly spelled Orlaith or Orlagh.
  5. Aurelio
    • Origin:

      Italian variation of Aurelius
    • Meaning:

      "the golden one"
    • Description:

      Aurelio is an energetic Italian name rarely heard here, with an attractive aura. As the female version Aurelia gains greater notice, we expect to hear more from Aurelio too. In fact, Aurelio has recently entered the Top 1000 in the US in 2022. Next to follow might be latinate versions Aurelius and Aurelian.
  6. Aurelie
    • Origin:

      French variation of Aurelia, Latin
    • Meaning:

      "the golden one"
    • Description:

      Aurelie is the delicate French variation of Aurelia, one of the most improbable popular names of recent years. Both versions of the name are lovely, but it might be difficult to insist that Americans pronounce Aurelie the attractive French way rather than like plain old orally.
  7. Melora
    • Origin:

      Greek
    • Meaning:

      "golden apple"
    • Description:

      Euphonic hybrid of the sounds of Melissa and Laura. Melora Hardin is an actress who was featured on The Office.
  8. Zari
    • Origin:

      Persian
    • Meaning:

      "golden"
    • Description:

      Shortened form of Zarin / Zareen.
  9. Tawny
    • Origin:

      English word name
    • Meaning:

      "golden brown"
    • Description:

      Y-ending color adjectives like Tawny and Rusty are nowhere near as stylish as the more sophisticated Lilacs and Violets.
  10. Orlaith
    • Origin:

      Irish
    • Meaning:

      "golden princess"
    • Description:

      In early, pre-Norman Ireland, this name was borne by both a sister and a niece of high king Brian Boru. Now, the English form Orla is more commonly used.
  11. Paz
    • Origin:

      Hebrew; Spanish
    • Meaning:

      "gold; peace"
    • Description:

      Paz is an appealing Spanish name meaning "peace", derived from the Latin "pax". It's usually feminine in Spanish, but could also make an interesting literary choice for a boy, honoring the writer Octavio Paz.
  12. Zarina
    • Origin:

      Persian
    • Meaning:

      "a golden vessel"
    • Description:

      Derived from Persian zarin "golden", Zarina is a strong and sparkling name used in multiple languages, including Kazakh, Urdu and Malay. It was the name of an ancient Scythian queen, and also sounds very close to the Russian tsarina or czarina – the pre-revolutionary term for an empress of Russia.
  13. Zorina
    • Origin:

      Slavic
    • Meaning:

      "golden dawn"
    • Description:

      Both a first and last name, Zorina has a pretty, ballerina-like quality.
  14. Aneirin
    • Origin:

      Welsh
    • Meaning:

      "very golden or noble"
    • Description:

      Aneirin is the original form of the more common Aneurin (which was a mistaken spelling used after the 17th Century). Aneirin was one of the first great Welsh poets who flourished in the 6th Century. He was said to be the Prince of Bards.
  15. Oriel
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "golden"
    • Description:

      Pretty Victorian-feeling cousin of Ariel; also, more prosaically, a kind of bay window.
  16. Peta
    • Origin:

      Native American, Blackfoot,or Greek, "golden eagle, or rock, stone"
    • Meaning:

      "golden eagle, or rock, stone"
    • Description:

      Too tightly tied to the acronym for the activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
  17. Aurélien
    • Origin:

      French form of Latin Aurelius
    • Meaning:

      "golden"
    • Description:

      Truly original yet not strange name ripe for the plucking by the adventurous baby namer. Aurelius works too.
  18. Sunehra
    • Origin:

      Urdu
    • Meaning:

      "golden"
    • Description:

      Sunehra is an Indian name that is largely unknown in English-speaking countries, except maybe via its friendly short form Sunny.
  19. Oriol
    • Origin:

      Catalan
    • Meaning:

      "golden"
    • Description:

      Intriguing name that's a Top 100 choice in Spain and virtually unknown outside that country. But has definitely possibilities for the adventurous baby namer.
  20. Oriole
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "golden"
    • Description:

      A bird name from the same Latin root as Aurelia, Oriole is extremely rare as a name: No babies were given the name in the US in 2022. But most people are aware of the Oriole bird, which makes this name uncommon yet possible.