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Names That Mean Great

MaxwellHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish
  • Meaning:

    "great stream"
  • Description:

    A happy medium between the weighty Maximilian and the laid-back Max, Maxwell is one of the most classic and attractive Scottish names. Early influences on the name's revival include Maxwell Smart of the television show, and then movie, Get Smart, and the Beatles song about Maxwell's Silver Hammer.

MeredithHeart

  • Origin:

    Welsh
  • Meaning:

    "great ruler"
  • Description:

    Meredith is a soft, gentle-sounding name with subtle Welsh roots. Although originally a boys’ name , Meredith is used mainly for girls now.

GordonHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish
  • Meaning:

    "great hill"
  • Description:

    As this long-term Age of Jordans, both male and female, begins to wind down, the neglected Scottish favorite Gordon, with its more distinguished history, could come back as a distinctive alternative. Gordon is one of the most classic authentically Scottish names for boys.

AlisaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "great happiness"
  • Description:

    Alisa is less popular than more complicated forms of Alice like Alyssa or Alicia, perhaps because of its association with the once-overused Lisa.

TaiHeart

  • Origin:

    Chinese
  • Meaning:

    "great extreme"
  • Description:

    Tai, which rhymes with Kai, is a unisex name with a range of international references. It means the equivalent of "too much" in Chinese but is also used as a Maori name meaning "the tide" and in Romanian means "yours." While it's only ever ranked in the U.S. Top 1000 as a girls' name, during the height of the popularity of Olympic skater Tai Babilonia, Tai makes a simple intriguing modern choice for either gender.

DarrenHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "little great one"
  • Description:

    Darren and wife Sharon shop for fifties memorabilia on eBay. The Connecticut place-name Darien might offer an update.

MoragHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish
  • Meaning:

    "great"
  • Description:

    Morag is one of the quintessential Scottish names for girls. Actually a diminutive of Mor, it has always been used more than the original. Commonly heard in Scotland, but could lead to pronunciation problems elsewhere, and the second syllable could prove very confusing. Morag is sometimes used as the Gaelic equivalent of Sarah. In the Harry Potter books, Morag MacDougal was a witch who attended Hogwarts in the same year as Harry.

VeroHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "great hero"
  • Description:

    The o ending and the positive meaning in many languages makes this a winner, and with the feminine Vera making a surprise return, and the new love for the letter 'V', this becomes a name that has definite possibilities.

AlaskaHeart

  • Origin:

    Native American
  • Meaning:

    "great land"
  • Description:

    State name Alaska stems from an Aleutian word for the land mass itself. The number of baby girls named Alaska has doubled in the past five years, and is sure to continue increasing as more place names are annexed as baby names. Wilder but as habitable as Dakota or Cheyenne, Alaska is a girls' name choice for the future.

NirvanaHeart

  • Origin:

    Sanskrit
  • Meaning:

    "place of great bliss"
  • Description:

    Well, parents are naming their children Eden and Heaven...so why not?

TitaniaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "giant, great one"
  • Description:

    This name of the queen of the fairies in A Midsummer Night's Dream has a delicate, lacy charm similar to Tatiana's, but that first syllable could cause embarrassing problems.

KabirHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "the great"
  • Description:

    Kabir is the 37th name of God in Islam. Kabir is also the name of an Indian poet and mystic saint. In the US, Kabir is on the rise as a boys' name, favored by Muslim parents.

DenaliHeart

  • Origin:

    Place-name and Native American
  • Meaning:

    "the great one"
  • Description:

    Alaska's Denali National Park is the home of the highest mountain in the US, officially renamed Denali in 2014, endowing the name with a lofty feel. There were 20 boys and 55 girls given the name in 2014.

OluwatobilobaHeart

  • Origin:

    Yoruba
  • Meaning:

    "God is a great king"
  • Description:

    This Yoruba name, with a mighty meaning, might seem a mouthful at first, but is often shortened to Tobi, which makes it far more manageable for non Nigerians.

HirotoHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "great flying"
  • Description:

    A very popular Japanese boys' name whose characters refer to the constellation Ursa Major. Short form Hiro might work better in the West, as may another popular Japanese boys' name, Ren.

DenaliHeart

  • Origin:

    Place-name and Native American
  • Meaning:

    "the great one"
  • Description:

    Alaska's Denali National Park is the home of the highest mountain in the US, officially renamed Denali in 2014, endowing the name with a lofty feel. Four times as many girls as boys were given the name in 2018.

TaroHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "great (or eldest) son"
  • Description:

    An energetic Japanese name that would make for an on-trend choice in the English-speaking world. Especially appropriate for a first-born son.

PreciousHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin word name
  • Meaning:

    "of great worth, expensive"
  • Description:

    Though many might find it too syrupy, hundreds of parents each year choose this name for their daughters to make them feel special. Precious Ramotswe is the engaging African sleuth in the popular No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series.

TaiHeart

  • Origin:

    Chinese
  • Meaning:

    "great extreme"
  • Description:

    Skater Tai Babilonia brought this sleek modern name to the world's attention. Pronounced "tie."

MaxwellHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish
  • Meaning:

    "great stream"
  • Description:

    Maxwell may be thought of as one of the classic Scottish names for boys, but two celebrities have recently used Maxwell for their daughters - Jessica Simpson bestowed it upon her daughter, Maxwell Drew, in 2012, followed by Lindsay Sloane's daughter, also born in 2012, named Maxwell Lue. Sixty-six parents chose Maxwell for their little girls in 2017, but that's compared with over 3000 baby boys named Maxwell, so while this name is used for babies of both genders, it's not truly a unisex name.