Active Verb Baby Names for Leap Year Babies

Active Verb Baby Names for Leap Year Babies

Happy Leap Day! There are more than 10,000 babies born every day in the United States, and around 360,000 born worldwide. If you’re celebrating the birth of a child today, he’ll grow up with the rarest of birthdays.

It would be tempting to name your new leapling — that’s the term used for anyone celebrating a birthday on February 29th — according to the calendar. Names that mean rare could work. A name that refers to the number four would be fitting, too.

Names with "leap" in their meaning include Tallulah meaning "leaping water" and Alula meaning "first leap", Balzo meaning "to leap or jump", Cabriole meaning "balletic leap", and Zophar meaning "to leap".

But here’s another idea: since we refer to February 29th by the energetic name Leap Day, how about an active verb name for a son — or daughter — born today?

They range from Top 150 choices to retro names to rarities, but any one of these baby names would convey an energy and excitement that’s just right for a Leap Year baby.


Part-buttoned down banker, part-rugged outdoorsman, Chase was a Top 100 name from the 1990s until 2018. The name originally means “to hunt,” but in the twenty-first century it implies the pursuit of any goal. That makes Chase an energetic verb name, but also one that implies achievement.


You can ace a test or a tennis match, and since the first World War, a very successful fighter pilot could be an ace. Ace is also a vibrant, upbeat name for a boy. Jessica Simpson has a son named Ace Knute, and No Doubt’s Tom Dumont is father to Ace Joseph. Ace is currently Number 152 in the US, and rising steadily.


Jett brings to mind the wild blue yonder, thanks to jet engines and the jet set. With one ‘t’ or two, the name has energy to spare. James Dean played Jett Rink in 1956’s Giant. Actor and amateur pilot John Travolta named his son Jett in 1992. But it was the Disney Channel’s The Famous Jett Jackson that propelled the name into the US Top 1000 in 1999. More than two decades later, Jett continues to soar.


Cruz is a Spanish surname meaning cross, from the Latin crux. Cruise is the verb, a synonym for smooth sailing — or driving or flying. But cruise also comes from the Latin word, and the sound-alike cruise lends Cruz a certain sporty, high-energy vibe. Cruz has charted in the US Top 1000 every year since 1980.


You can wade into a river or an argument. There’s something vaguely Western about Wade, but it’s also a surprisingly traditional choice for a son, never out of the US Top 1000. Wade Wilson is better known as Deadpool, the dark superhero at the center of the blockbuster movie, a pop culture association that could boost this active name.


Reign is one of the royalty-inspired baby names that have caught on. Kourtney Kardashian named her new son Reign in late 2014. A few months earlier, rapper Lil’ Kim welcomed daughter Royal Reign. To reign is to rule, typically a kingdom — though perhaps a nursery, too.


To gauge is to measure, and while we almost always spell the noun and verb with a ‘u’, the given name is more popular without. Gage can also mean to promise or pledge. Gage currently sits at Number 649 in the US while the Gauge spelling fell off the charts a few years back.


To scout is to seek or explore, but the best-known Scout is To Kill a Mockingbird’s Jean Louise Finch. The popularity of Harper Lee-inspired baby names in recent years has led Scout to enter the Top 1000 in 2018, though it is also heard for boys.


Dash is quickly catching on in the US, entering the US Top 1000 in 2014. It can be short for literary surname name Dashiell, or it can be a speedy verb name. In the case of The Incredibles’ Dash Parr, it’s both — the Disney-Pixar school-aged superhero is known for his ability to run faster than fast.

What are your favorite verb baby names? Would you consider any of these for a son or a daughter?