Names That Mean Best

  1. Aristeia
    • Origin:

      Literary term from Greek
    • Meaning:

      "the best"
    • Description:

      In epic poetry, the term aristeia is used to denote the climactic point where the hero/heroine has their finest hour. Aristeia feels at home with other big Greek names like Atalanta, Cassiopeia and Galatea. We think this name has potential for parents who think Poem, Saga and Rhapsody are too obvious.
  2. Arista
    • Origin:

      Greek or Latin
    • Meaning:

      "the best; ear of corn"
    • Description:

      From the root for aristocrat, an upwardly mobile choice -- or if you go by its other meaning, an earthy delicious choice.
  3. Tahani
    • Origin:

      Arabic
    • Meaning:

      "best wishes"
    • Description:

      Tahani, a somewhat unusual Arabic name for girls, has popped up twice on TV recently: it's the name of one of the main characters on NBC comedy The Good Place and a teenaged contestant on So You Think You Can Dance.
  4. Safiyya
    • Origin:

      Arabic
    • Meaning:

      "confidante, best friend"
    • Description:

      The fact that this is pronounced sah-FEE-yah would cause Western ears to hear it as Sophia.
  5. 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.
  6. Optimus
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "best"
    • Description:

      Extremely rare, but seen as a baby boy name every once in a while, influenced by Transformers character Optimus Prime.
  7. Aristedes
    • Origin:

      Greek
    • Meaning:

      "son of the best"
    • Description:

      This name of an early Greek Christian philosopher comes wearing a robe and a long white beard.
  8. Aristide
    • Origin:

      French and Italian from Greek
    • Meaning:

      "son of the best"
    • Description:

      Cosmopolitan European form of the Greek name Aristides, as worn by an ancient statesman and an early saint.
  9. Itsuka
    • Origin:

      Japanese
    • Meaning:

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

      Relatively unusual as a given name in Japan.
  10. Aristides
    • Origin:

      Greek
    • Meaning:

      "of the best"
    • Description:

      Aristides was an ancient Athenian statesman, nicknamed "the Just" for his honor and integrity. The name has been used in Spanish and Portuguese speaking cultures.