Latin Names

  1. Bay
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "berry"
    • Description:

      Like River and Lake, a cool, refreshing modern water-related choice.
  2. Jay
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "jaybird"
    • Description:

      One of the boys' names newly appropriated for girls -- either on its own, as a pet form of any J name, or as a singular middle name.
  3. Maxton
    • Origin:

      English surname
    • Meaning:

      "greatest"
    • Description:

      Maxton is a new member of the ever-expanding Max clan of baby names, hitting the US Top 1000 for the first time in 2011. It joins newfangled Maxon and stylish cousin Paxton. Still, we prefer the more classic Maxwell, Maxfield, Maximus, or just plain Max.
  4. Seneca
    • Origin:

      Latin surname and Native American
    • Meaning:

      "people of the standing rock"
    • Description:

      Seneca was both a Roman philosopher-statesman and is a Native American Iroquois tribe. Occasionally used for both girls and boys, Seneca is now a Hunger Games character.
  5. Celio
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "belonging to heaven"
    • Description:

      A welcoming name that seems to say "hello". Celio can be thought of as a much rarer male variation of Celia. With heavenly names in the ascendant, we may be hearing lots more of Celio.
  6. Florentina
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "blooming"
    • Description:

      The Latin names for girls Florentina may be the most feminissima and flowery of the 'Flor" names. Another option would be Fiorentina, though you can also downshift to Flora or Florence.
  7. Perpetua
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "perpetual"
    • Description:

      A 3rd century saint's name sometimes used in Catholic communities, and in Western European countries like Portugal and Italy.
  8. Mimosa
    • Origin:

      Latin plant name
    • Description:

      Adventurous parents are venturing deeper into the garden in search of fresh names, but remember that this also makes for an alcoholic brunch.
  9. Amica
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "female friend"
    • Description:

      Amica is a word meaning girlfriend that is not often used as a name in Italy, but it would sound pretty and name-like elsewhere.
  10. Major
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "greater; or, a military rank"
    • Description:

      This bold choice soared in popularity from 2008 to 2013, and now seems to have plateaued. But watch out—the character Major Major Major Major in the classic absurdist novel Catch-22 had a terrible time.
  11. Dominick
    • Origin:

      Variation of Latin Dominic
    • Meaning:

      "belonging to the Lord"
    • Description:

      This is the second-to-the-original spelling of a name that's part Jersey Shore, part upper-crust British. Dominick gets you more directly to nickname Nick.
  12. Aquilo
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "eagle"
    • Description:

      Common Roman name mentioned in the Bible that has a crisply attractive sound.
  13. Cayo
    • Origin:

      Latin, from the Roman family name Caius
    • Meaning:

      "rejoice"
    • Description:

      Cayo is a rare and rhythmic Spanish name, all but unknown in the English-speaking world, that would make a lively choice.
  14. Ora
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "prayer"
    • Description:

      Short and slight, with great potential now that names like Ava, Ida and Orla are popular. Ora Beach is a tourist destination on Seram Island, Indonesia.
  15. Cupid
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "desire"
    • Description:

      The name of the Roman god of love, the son of Venus, considered so romantic as to be unfit for mere mortals. Yet now that Romeo and Venus herself are fair game for modern babies, why not Cupid?
  16. Christabel
    • Origin:

      Latin and French
    • Meaning:

      "fair Christian"
    • Description:

      Though Isabel is a smash hit, Christabel still hasn't been fully embraced. It was originally popularized in England via the Coleridge poem Christabel ("whom her father loves so well") and was given to the poet's granddaughter. Christabel Pankhurst was a famous U.K. suffragist.
  17. Umbrielle
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "one in the shadow"
    • Description:

      Pretty French sound, but there might be a lot of "umbrella" cracks.
  18. Hilary
    • Origin:

      Latin from Greek
    • Meaning:

      "cheerful, happy"
    • Description:

      Hilary (also spelled with two 'l's) is a hot potato of a name, so closely identified with Sen. Clinton that it's hard for most parents to see it as a baby name. A pity, really, as it's got so much going for it: the popular, rhythmic three-syllable structure, the fact that it's strong but light, proper but jaunty, with an irresistible meaning -- having the same root as hilarious.
  19. Lucasta
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "pure light"
    • Description:

      Lucasta was invented by seventeenth century poet Richard Lovelace for a collection of poems dedicated to a lover named Lucy, and is familiar through the Eugene O'Neill play and film Anna Lucasta. Lucasta is a distinctive, rarely used choice and a logical extension of the Luke/Luc/Luca names.
  20. November
    • Origin:

      English word name
    • Meaning:

      "month name"
    • Description:

      The menu of usable month names seems to expand every, well, month, with such choices as November, October, and January joining more established names like April, May, June and August. Logical November nicknames include Nova, Novi, or Ember, making this a natural (if adventurous) choice for a baby girl. November is also, obviously, one of the perfect names for November babies.