Names That Mean Most

  1. Ariadne
    • Origin:

      Greek
    • Meaning:

      "most holy"
    • Description:

      This name of the Cretan goddess of fertility is most popular now as the more melodic Ariana, but Ariadne has possibilities of its own. It first entered the US Top 1000 in 2014. The renewed interest in the name falls in line with the revival of other mythological names like Apollo and Athena. The trendy nickname Ari doesn't hurt either.
  2. Lois
    • Origin:

      Greek
    • Meaning:

      "most desirable"
    • Description:

      The eternal fiancee of Superman turned sweet gray-haired lady who's always available to babysit her grandkids turned....hot new baby name?
  3. Calista
    • Origin:

      Greek
    • Meaning:

      "most beautiful"
    • Description:

      Spelled with either one 'l' or two, Calista came to the fore in 1997 when Calista Flockhart hit it big as Ally McBeal. Flockhart, who bears her mother's middle name, didn't just introduce a name, she introduced a whole sensibility. Pretty and delicate, Calista is definitely worthy of consideration, especially for parents with Greek roots.
  4. Ariana
    • Origin:

      Italian variation of Ariadne, Greek
    • Meaning:

      "most holy"
    • Description:

      The smooth, attractive Ariana is on the rise along with the fame of pop princess Ariana Grande. Also famous is twin spelling Arianna, which is associated with Greek-born online presence Arianna Huffington. Both Ariana and Arianna are widely used names and are equally acceptable spellings.
  5. Callista
    • Origin:

      Greek
    • Meaning:

      "most beautiful"
    • Description:

      Calista Flockhart spotlighted this lovely Greek name that has a long future in the English-speaking world. Kallista is another spelling; Calixta and Calixto are related.
  6. Callisto
    • Origin:

      Greek mythology
    • Meaning:

      "most beautiful"
    • Description:

      Best known as one of the moons of Jupiter, Callisto was a nymph coveted by Zeus who was turned into a bear by Hera, becoming the Great Bear (Ursa Major) constellation.
  7. Arianna
    • Origin:

      Italian form of Ariadne, Greek
    • Meaning:

      "most holy"
    • Description:

      A smooth, attractive choice, Arianna's on the rise with both single and double 'r's and 'n's. Single 'r' double 'n' Arianna — the second most popular version of the name — is these days associated with Greek-born blog queen Arianna Huffington.
  8. Calixte
    • Origin:

      French
    • Meaning:

      "most beautiful"
    • Description:

      French form of Callistus or Callixtus, borne by several popes and saints.
  9. Calixta
    • Origin:

      Greek
    • Meaning:

      "most beautiful"
    • Description:

      Calista Flockhart may have made her variation of this beautiful Greek name familiar to modern Americans, but the even-edgier x version was the name of an earlier feminist heroine: a character in Kate Chopin's The Storm.
  10. Zenith
    • Origin:

      English word name
    • Meaning:

      "the time at which something is most powerful or successful; the point in the celestial sphere directly above an observer"
    • Description:

      A tip-top word name—literally, Zenith means the top or apex. Zen makes a cute nickname.
  11. Ahsan
    • Origin:

      Arabic
    • Meaning:

      "most beautiful"
    • Description:

      Ahsan is a superlative variation of Hasan, which means "beautiful." Hasan is an important name in Muslim culture, as it is the name of the Prophet Muhammed's martyred grandson.
  12. Ariadna
    • Origin:

      Spanish, Catalan, Russian, Polish variation of Ariadne, Greek
    • Meaning:

      "most holy"
    • Description:

      A romantic take on Ariadne, who in Greek mythology was the daughter of King Minos of Crete. She saw over the labyrinth, where she later helped Theseus defeat the Minotaur.
  13. Alika
    • Origin:

      Hawaiian; Swahili
    • Meaning:

      "truthful; most beautiful"
    • Description:

      Alika is a multicultural choice that's far off the beaten track.
  14. Essence
    • Origin:

      English word name
    • Meaning:

      "the most significant element of a thing or person"
    • Description:

      Heavily perfumed word name that peaked a few years ago.
  15. Kallista
    • Origin:

      Greek
    • Meaning:

      "most beautiful"
    • Description:

      Actress Flockhart popularized the C version, but this works, too.
  16. Itsuka
    • Origin:

      Japanese
    • Meaning:

      "most beautiful; best flower; best fruit"
    • Description:

      Relatively unusual as a given name in Japan.
  17. Ratih
    • Origin:

      Indonesian
    • Meaning:

      "most beautiful; godlike"
    • Description:

      Popular Indonesian name that may leave a young girl in an English=speaking country open to teasing.
  18. Chosen
    • Origin:

      English word name
    • Meaning:

      "having been selected as the best or most appropriate"
    • Description:

      Chosen is officially a baby name thanks to Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who chose (can't resist) the word as the name of his newborn son. While it may inspire bad puns, Chosen is actually a pretty good word name: It's got the two-syllable, n-ending sound that is so fashionable for names, plus a positive, affirming meaning. Chosen is rising on the girls' side too now, given to 74 baby girls in 2022.
  19. Ahsen
    • Origin:

      Turkish variation of Ahsan, Arabic
    • Meaning:

      "most beautiful"
    • Description:

      Ahsen is derived from the masculine Arabic name Ahsan and is used on both sexes in Turkey, however, it is more popular among baby girls.