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Baby Names Meaning Bright

January 31, 2013 Pamela Redmond
baby names meaning bright

Baby names meaning bright 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. Bright or light is also an inspiring meaning for a baby name, appropriate for a midwinter baby – or one due to arrive in spring or summer.  

Girl and boy names with meanings related to lightness, brightness, or shine are found in many cultures. Some rank high on the US popularity list, such as Claire and Lucy, while others are highly unusual. Our favorite picks include names from both classes.

A meaning related to brightness or lightness might indicate optimism, enlightenment, positivity, or a shining moment.

Our favorite baby names meaning bright, light, or shining to light include:

Girl Names Meaning Bright

Girl baby names meaning bright or light often cluster around names related to Claire, Helen, or Lucy, all classics with international variations that carry light-related meanings.

AINE
ALBERTA
AYLA
CLAIRE
CLARA
CHIARA
CLARISSA
CYANE
CLARIMOND
ELENA
ELIORA
ELECTRA
ELEONARA
ELETTRA
HELENA
LEOCADIA
LEORA
LUCASTA
LUCIA
LUCINDA
LUCY
LUX
NELL
NIAMH
NERI
NOOR
NORA
PHAEDRA
SENNA
SOLANA
SORCHA
ZIA

Boy Names Meaning Bright

Boys’ ames with bert in them, like Robert and Albert, along with boys’ names related to Lucian all carry meanings related to brightness and lightness.

Other classic boy names meaning bright include the biblical Aaron and Abner.

AARON
ABNER
ALBERT
ALBUS
ARJUN
BEACON
BODHI
CALLAHAN
CLARENCE
FYNN
KIRAN
LIOR
LUCIAN
LUCIUS
LUMEN
MEYER
NURI
ORI
ROBERT
ROBIN
RUPERT
XAVIER
ZOHAR

About the author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. The coauthor of ten bestselling baby name books, Redmond is an internationally-recognized name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show,, CNN, and the BBC. Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show, and its new sequel, Older.

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