Baby Names That Mean Light

Names that mean light feel especially appealing at this time of year, when we’re craving sunlight, daylight, the light at the end of the long dark winter tunnel. Light is also an inspiring meaning for a baby name, appropriate for a midwinter baby – or one due to arrive in spring or summer.  Our favorite baby names with meanings relating to light include:


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A Hebrew name meaning “father of light,” Abner is one Biblical choice with a lot of style life ahead of it. Along with galpal names Daisy and Mae, Abner has finally shed its comic book bumpkin image. A better Abner hero: Abner Doubleday, the inventor of baseball. Abner has not been in the Top 1000 for more than 70 years and makes a classic yet distinguished choice.


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37 Responses to “Baby Names That Mean Light”

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katiejofre Says:

February 1st, 2013 at 12:41 am

Nour and Noura mean light in Arabic. Nuria in Aramaic.

SoDallas3 Says:

February 1st, 2013 at 5:05 am

Love Abner, Eliora, Helena, Lucian, Nera and Raiden!

Poppy528 Says:

February 1st, 2013 at 5:39 am

Best list I have seen in a long time. Very lovely compilation. I prefer the original Avner to Abner (a little softer & bonus nickname Avi). I also really like the name Lucienne for a girl which seems perky to me.

The cat is definately out of the bag with Eliora as the best Hebrew spin on the starts-with-El trend. I know several mamas with little Elioras so expect half a dozen at your local Hebrew Day School. The unelaborate Lior simply means “my light” and seems to captures a lot more sentiment.

Mcdonak1 Says:

February 1st, 2013 at 7:28 am

My daughter’s double middle name is Helen Lucille. It’s after my grandmothers, but I always liked that the two names had the same meaning. Great list today!

Aurra Says:

February 1st, 2013 at 7:47 am

Raiden doesn’t rhyme with Aidan, traditionally. It is RYE-den, but because of the whole Aidan trend, many of the people who choose it probably pronounce it Ray-den.

pam Says:

February 1st, 2013 at 8:07 am

Thank you, Aurra. I’m going to correct the entry here and in the database. We are adding audio pronunciations very soon but until then it’s great to get guidance on names from other cultures.

Titus245Mama Says:

February 1st, 2013 at 9:15 am

My youngest daughter is named Eliora. I hope the cat doesn’t fly too far out of the bag!

katybug Says:

February 1st, 2013 at 9:20 am

Eliora, Lucia and Helena would make a beautiful sibset!

UselessKitty Says:

February 1st, 2013 at 10:01 am

I love Aurora and Helena!

UniqueNameLover Says:

February 1st, 2013 at 10:14 am

Great list! I have Aurora and Helena on my list.

UniqueNameLover Says:

February 1st, 2013 at 10:15 am

Forgot to mention Seraphina is on my list as well.

freemebean Says:

February 1st, 2013 at 10:31 am

Love these names. I wish Nera was pronounced Near-a. I wonder if there is a proper name (maybe Neara) with that pronunciation.

pam Says:

February 1st, 2013 at 10:41 am

Well, Freemebean, it IS kind of pronounced Near-a. The only person I’ve met in real life with a version of this name was called Neri and pronounced it Near-ee. The NEE-ra in the pronunciation guide is really to distinguish it from NEH-ra

skizzo Says:

February 1st, 2013 at 11:21 am

you can bet all those Raiden’s in the US pronounce their names like Aiden. Especially because Rayden is also charting, even higher.

I love Aurora and Eliora. Lucian and Kiran are pretty nice for boys.

Abner still sounds old and dusty to me, as does Ignatius.

Mischa Says:

February 1st, 2013 at 11:59 am

I love a lot of “light” names on this list: Helen/Helena, Lucian/Lucia/Lucy, Ignatius, and Kiran to name a few.

Unfortunately when I see the name Abner it just makes me think of the nosy and irritating neighbor Gladys Kravitz on “Bewitched” calling hysterically to her husband: ABNER!!!! Turns me off the name completely.

mermuse Says:

February 1st, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Can’t believe Claire/Clara wasn’t on this list!

CaraMichelle Says:

February 1st, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Eliora is beautiful! I’ve just added it to my list for future children.

Gingersnap Says:

February 1st, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Did you leave Claire and Lucy/Lucia off the list on purpose?

Poppy528 Says:

February 1st, 2013 at 3:09 pm

For what it’s worth, I thought Nera was pronounced more like Sera. I looked up its root word, נר, which is just Ner & rhymes with pear. Of course I’ve never met one so who really knows.

pam Says:

February 1st, 2013 at 3:54 pm

We will get to the bottom of this! Now I remember that the Neri I met explained it as “Mary but with an N”. Which would
mean that Nera kind of rhymes with Sarah

pam Says:

February 1st, 2013 at 3:55 pm

Katybug, yes they would!

laurietibbs Says:

February 1st, 2013 at 4:21 pm

My little chap is Lior, and it’s the most wonderfully elegant yet masculine name, I can’t emphasize how we’ll it works. Love this list, some great options to continue the light theme for baby 2.0. Thankyou!

GrecianErn Says:

February 1st, 2013 at 4:27 pm

I love Aurora, nn Rory. And I know a 9yr old Aurora who fits the name so well.

My friend also has a 3 yr old Lucian, and it fits to well. They call him Luc too.

For myself, now that we sort of have the pronunciation figured out, I’m starting to love Nera, like Sarah.

amy_beth Says:

February 1st, 2013 at 4:56 pm

I love Aurora, Rory could be a cute nickname. Seraphina is also super sweet but it would be a bold choice.

freemebean Says:

February 1st, 2013 at 7:18 pm

Thanks Pam. I would be very interested in knowing the results of your Near-a search as I’ve been wondering this for a long time and haven’t quite figured it out.

Greyer Says:

February 1st, 2013 at 8:03 pm

My middle name, Aileen, means light as well. Great list!

auroradawn Says:

February 1st, 2013 at 9:41 pm

I like a lot of these. Lucian/Lucien is a big guilty pleasure of mine; it would probably be on my shortlist if I could decide how I prefer to pronounce it. Of course I always have to speak up for Aurora :), and I’m going to have to get used to Tanwen and decide if I like it. I’m liking a lot of the Welsh -wen names lately, but Tanwen is new to me. Lovely meaning. Eliora is gorgeous but a bit too–I don’t know–“vowelly?” for my taste. Abner is growing on me. Ignatius I think would be awesome in the middle. I’m wondering, though, how you’re getting Hugo from it…

spacecow1993 Says:

February 2nd, 2013 at 1:13 am

Okay, you HAVE to add just plain Zora to last entry. It means dawn, and it’s just so gorgeous and underused!

SuperZombieMom Says:

February 2nd, 2013 at 7:25 am

I love love love Lucian/Lucien. It will be my son’s name one day. Every time I hear it I fall in love with the name again.

pam Says:

February 2nd, 2013 at 7:36 am

On the names we omitted, there were so many great choices that might have been on this list that we left off some we love. The Lucy family is represented by Lucian and Claire and Clara just fit into so many wonderful categories that we felt it was a less surprising choice here.

MinnieAbby Says:

February 2nd, 2013 at 8:06 am

Abner is cute, but by grandpa calls me Abner for short, and I’m a girl. Not a bad association, but it would always remind me of that nickname. Aurora has always been on my list, and Nera is pretty!

Niusity Says:

February 2nd, 2013 at 7:11 pm

What about Lux?

Jasey101 Says:

February 3rd, 2013 at 2:11 am

What about Lux? That name means light in Latin.

misku Says:

March 8th, 2013 at 1:39 pm

This is a nice idea, but does anyone else find it annoying to have to click through the options one by one? It would be nice to have the names on a single page!

Jodie_B_Rocket Says:

March 13th, 2013 at 10:21 am

Dawn and Aurora

Laulau Says:

September 19th, 2014 at 3:48 am

Lovely names! I could add a Finnish name to the list: Valo. It means light and can be used as first name, even though it is fairly rare. During 2010-14 209 boys and 7 girls got this name in Finland.

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