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Names That Mean Good

EvangelineHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "bearer of good news"
  • Description:

    Evangeline is a romantic old name enjoying a major comeback, thanks to its religious overtones, Eva's popularity, and the star of the TV megahit Lost, Evangeline Lilly. Evangelia and Evangelina — two variants of Evangeline — are sure to tag along for the ride.

TobiasHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek from Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "God is good"
  • Description:

    Tobias is the Greek form of the Hebrew Tobiah, which was derived from the name Toviyah. Toviyah was created from the elements tov, meaning "good" and yah, representing the Hebrew God. Tobias is the name of several biblical figures but is primarily associated with the story of Tobias and the Angel.

FelicityHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "good fortune, happy"
  • Description:

    Felicity is as accessible a virtue name as Hope and Faith, but much more feminine -- and dare we say, happier. The hit TV show did a lot to soften and modernize the once buttoned-up image of Felicity, and it got further notice as the red-haired Colonial doll, Felicity Merriman, in the American Girl series. A current bearer is actress Felicity Huffman.

AgathaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "good woman"
  • Description:

    Agatha until recently summoned up visions of martyred saints, mauve silk dresses, and high lace collars, but now that some dauntless excavators have begun to resurrect it, we're sure more will follow their lead. Actor Thomas Gibson used it for his daughter in 2004.

TobinHeart

  • Origin:

    Surname derived from Tobias
  • Meaning:

    "God is good"
  • Description:

    Tobias-related name that makes an attractive and modern-sounding form of the biblical original. It was recently chosen by Karolina Kurkova for her son.

AvaniHeart

  • Origin:

    Hindi
  • Meaning:

    "the good earth"
  • Description:

    A name often heard in India, with an energetic sound and an ecologically correct meaning.

EuniceHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "good victory"
  • Description:

    Eunice is a New Testament name of the mother of Timothy, long associated with one of the Kennedy sisters, the founder of the Special Olympics. As high as Number 106 in the early 1900s, it lasted on the list until 1995. Eunice was the birth name of Nina Simone, which gives it a modicum of cool.

MonaHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "noble good"
  • Description:

    Mona had more than a moment in the sun, peaking in 1950 at Number 230 but falling off the Top 1000 completely in the late 1980s. Its similarity to the word "moaner" undercuts the appeal of its simplicity. In one recent year, fewer than 100 baby girls received the name, and we don't see it reviving any time soon.

TobiahHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "the Lord is good"
  • Description:

    Tobiah is the original Hebrew form of the better known Greek Tobias, to which it could make a distinctive alternative. With its ah ending, Tobiah fits in with other stylish Biblical names today, from Noah to Isaiah to Josiah and Zachariah. And of course, Toby is an adorable nickname.

ClaytonHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "place with good clay"
  • Description:

    Almost fits into the wildly popular Jaden-Caden-Braden family -- but not quite; a possibility for parents who want a similar but more traditional name.

CaliaHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian, nickname from Greek Kaleas
  • Meaning:

    "good or beautiful person"
  • Description:

    A highly unusual Italian word-name that is nevertheless attractive and easy to pronounce and spell.

BonaventureHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "good fortune"
  • Description:

    One for the truly adventurous baby namers, or perhaps an unexpected middle name to liven up a more traditional first. But on trend short form Bo does make it feel a little more accessible.

ChiomaHeart

  • Origin:

    African, Igbo
  • Meaning:

    "good God"
  • Description:

    Beautiful West African name that could appeal across cultures.

BenvolioHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian
  • Meaning:

    "good wisher"
  • Description:

    In Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, the friend who persuades Romeo to go to the party where he meets Juliet. Alas.

YokoHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "good girl"
  • Description:

    There are many in Japan, but for most Americans there's only one Yoko.

ToviHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "good"
  • Description:

    Pleasant, in a Bon Jovi kind of way.

NaveedHeart

  • Origin:

    Persian
  • Meaning:

    "good news"
  • Description:

    Attractive Middle Eastern choice.

NashiraHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "the bearer of good news"
  • Description:

    Nashira is one of those obscure space names that might rise along with such heavenly choices as Orion, Luna, and even Nevaeh. A giant star in Capricorn, Nashira is an unusual and attractive name with several positive associations.

EuphrasieHeart

  • Origin:

    French
  • Meaning:

    "good cheer"
  • Description:

    French form of Euphrasia. This was the real name of Cosette in Victor Hugo's Les Misérables. It was popular in French up to and around the turn of the 20th century, but fell out of the French Top 500 in 1943, just over 80 years after the publication of the novel.

NeemaHeart

  • Origin:

    Swahili
  • Meaning:

    "born during good times"
  • Description:

    Offbeat name sometimes heard in the African-American community.