Names That Mean Being

  1. Justice
    • Origin:

      English word name
    • Meaning:

      "the quality of being just, impartial, or fair"
    • Description:

      Justice, one of the rare virtue names for boys, entered the popularity ranks in 1992, and has remained on the list ever since. Parents' search for names implying virtue has led to a mini-revival of this long-neglected name in both its German homonymic form, Justus, and as the word itself. Steven Seagal was ahead of the curve when he used it back in 1976.
  2. Aleah
    • Origin:

      Arabic, "high, exalted"
    • Meaning:

      "high, exalted"
    • Description:

      Simple and melodic, this spelling offers an alternative to the more-popular Aliyah or Aaliyah -- the name of the late R&B singer who propelled the name into the US Top 100.
  3. Truth
    • Origin:

      English word name
    • Meaning:

      "the state of being the case"
    • Description:

      True has become an accepted first and middle name; Truth makes an even stronger statement. And with nearly 150 baby boys named Truth in the US in the most recent year counted, as many as were named Ross, the word name is edging up on the Top 1000.
  4. Levente
    • Origin:

      Hungarian
    • Meaning:

      "being"
    • Description:

      An extremely popular choice in its native Hungary (at #3 for the past decade), Levente is an ancient Hungarian royal name, in use since at least the 10th century. This name sounds the same but has a different derivation to the Turkish name Levent.
  5. Freedom
    • Origin:

      English word name
    • Meaning:

      "the quality or state of being free"
    • Description:

      Like Justice and Peace, this word name makes a very strong statement. Ving Rhames chose it for his boy.
  6. Clarity
    • Origin:

      English virtue name
    • Meaning:

      "the quality of being clear"
    • Description:

      Clarity is one of the lightest of the newly rediscovered virtue names, with a bit of three-syllable sparkle, old-fashioned charm and a clear vision for the future. Clarity is a very desirable quality in this confusing world and it also, unlike some other newly coined word names, has real meaning and history as a name.
  7. Justice
    • Origin:

      English word name
    • Meaning:

      "the quality of being just, impartial, or fair"
    • Description:

      Justice is a fashionable word name, used for both girls and boys. Justice has the distinction of being a virtue name without the religious implications of Faith or Grace. It still feels more male than female, perhaps partly due to the classic Roman name Justus, but Justice has become a more common pick for girls in recent years.
  8. Spirit
    • Origin:

      English word name
    • Meaning:

      " a supernatural being or essence"
    • Description:

      Spiritual word names are becoming more and more popular – think Peace, Bodhi, Zen and Psalm – and Spirit is among the rarer options, given to a couple dozen baby girls each year in the US. It's the name of the horse in the kids' TV show Spirit.
  9. Merit
    • Origin:

      English word name
    • Meaning:

      "being good or worthy; deserving of recognition"
    • Description:

      Merritt is an English surname but spelled Merit it becomes a word name. Both variations are on the rise.
  10. Vision
    • Origin:

      English word name
    • Meaning:

      "the state of being able to see"
    • Description:

      Vision is a member of the new class of spiritual word names, which sometimes reflect the faith or religious beliefs of parents but may only relate to an uplifting meaning. This gender neutral name was give to 13 baby boys in 2021, and 6 girls.
  11. Every
    • Origin:

      English word name
    • Meaning:

      "being each individual or part of a group"
    • Description:

      All-inclusive word name.
  12. God
    • Origin:

      English word name
    • Meaning:

      "deity; supreme being"
    • Description:

      We can get behind Divine, Saint, and even Messiah. But God? It's too loaded for us to recommend in good faith.
  13. Freedom
    • Origin:

      English word name
    • Meaning:

      "the quality or state of being free"
    • Description:

      Name that makes a strong philosophical statement -- but might ironically be a lot for a child to carry.
  14. Chi
    • Origin:

      Igbo
    • Meaning:

      "spiritual being"
    • Description:

      Christian Igbo people use Chi as the name for their god.
  15. Happiness
    • Origin:

      English word name
    • Meaning:

      "the state of being happy"
    • Description:

      This positive word name debuted for girls in 2013.
  16. Vision
    • Origin:

      English word name
    • Meaning:

      "the state of being able to see"
    • Description:

      This newly-minted gender neutral word name has a spiritual and creative feel. It was given to 6 baby girls and 13 boys in 2021.