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Names That Mean Hero

FinleyHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish and Scottish
  • Meaning:

    "fair-haired hero"
  • Description:

    Finley is a Scottish royal name (it belonged to Macbeth's father) riding the wave of Finn names. Chris O'Donnell used it for one of his sons, and Angie Harmon and Jason Sehorn did a gender switch when they named their daughter Finley.

FinleyHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish and Scottish
  • Meaning:

    "fair-haired hero"
  • Description:

    This was a 100 percent boys’ name until celebs Jason Sehorn and Angie Harmon bestowed it on their daughter, recently followed by Lisa Marie Presley, who used it for one of her (female) twins. Finlay is also now among the most popular unisex names.

FinlayHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish and Scottish
  • Meaning:

    "fair-haired hero"
  • Description:

    Finlay is a formerly fusty Scottish royal name--it belonged to Macbeth's father, Finlay MacRory--or Findlaech mac Ruaidri--that has a bit of a split personality. It has two acceptable spellings--Finlay and Finley, the first more popular in its native Scotland, where it ranks Number 14, the second in the US. It is also becoming more and more unisex in the States, with the Finley spelling now split between girls and boys.

XerxesHeart

  • Origin:

    Persian
  • Meaning:

    "hero among heroes"
  • Description:

    The two X's may be a challenge for even the most intrepid baby namer. Xerxes was the name of two early kings of Persia and the Handel opera Serse or Xerxes is loosely based on Xerxes I.

VeroHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "great hero"
  • Description:

    The o ending and the positive meaning in many languages makes this a winner, and with the feminine Vera making a surprise return, and the new love for the letter 'V', this becomes a name that has definite possibilities.

MckinleyHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish
  • Meaning:

    "son of the fair hero"
  • Description:

    Presidential name that makes a fresh substitute for MacKenzie or McKenna. Possible spelling variations include MacKinley, MacKinlee, Makinleigh ad almost infinitum. McKinley is one of the Scottish names for girls that can work equally well for boys.

HeronHeart

  • Origin:

    Nature name or Greek
  • Meaning:

    "hero"
  • Description:

    Heron may feel like a very usable nature name -- the heron is a long-legged wading bird -- but it was also the name of a 1st century Greek inventor and of an Egyptian saint. Highly unusual yet easy to understand and meaningful on several levels, Heron is a fantastic choice.

RodionHeart

  • Origin:

    Russian from Greek
  • Meaning:

    "song of the hero"
  • Description:

    Well used in Russia, this is a distinctive and undiscovered choice here. Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov is the fictional protagonist of Crime and Punishment by Feodor Dostoyevsky.

ConlanHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "hero"
  • Description:

    Undiscovered Irish surname.

MckinleyHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish
  • Meaning:

    "son of the fair hero"
  • Description:

    New Presidential name, if you're ready to move beyond Lincoln and Jefferson. At the turn of the last century, during the original McKinley's heyday, as a first name it almost reached the Top 100.

RodmanHeart

  • Origin:

    German
  • Meaning:

    "famous man, hero"
  • Description:

    Masculine in an outmoded, unappealing way.

KenyattaHeart

  • Origin:

    African hero name
  • Description:

    Used to honor Jomo Kenyatta, the first president of the independent Kenyan republic. The problem: with the name Kenya now used largely for girls, along with the vowel ending, Kenyatta sounds fairly feminine.

AlpHeart

  • Origin:

    word name; Turkish
  • Meaning:

    "hero"
  • Description:

    This name has two possible derivations - in Turkish it means hero, in English it is used as a reference to mountains. Either offer a soaring option for a little boy.

FinlayHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish and Scottish
  • Meaning:

    "fair-haired hero"
  • Description:

    Finlay is a Scottish royal name (it belonged to Macbeth"s father) that was sounding a tad fusty before several celeb parents revived it. Angie Harmon and Jason Sehorn, Daniel Baldwin and Lisa Marie Presley all did a gender switch on Finlay when they named their daughters Finley.

SweeneyHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "the little hero"
  • Description:

    The double 'e' gives this Celtic surname a genial sound. It derives from an old Irish name — Suibhne (SHEEV-ne) that was borne by several early saints and kings, including, unfortunately, one known as Mad Sweeney who spent his life living in trees and composing nature poetry. Another possible drawback is the association with Sweeney Todd, the bloodthirsty butcher of Sondheim stage-musical fame.

HerodHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "song of the hero"
  • Description:

    Greek name featured in the New Testament.

DooleyHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "dark hero"
  • Description:

    A common Irish surname that's seldom heard as a first name, but has an appealing meaning.

HaigHeart

  • Origin:

    Armenian hero name; also English surname
  • Meaning:

    "enclosed with hedges"
  • Description:

    This very popular Armenian name represents a grandson of Noah, considered the father of the Armenian nation.

HeronHeart

  • Origin:

    Nature name or Greek
  • Meaning:

    "hero"
  • Description:

    Heron fits in with the modern nature names that are so stylish at the moment, but it also has history as the name of a Greek inventor and Egyptian saint. Both were male, but Heron's image as a word name makes it accessible for girls as well.

HerodiasHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "song of the hero"
  • Description:

    Feminine form of Herod.