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 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.
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.
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on February 1st, 2013 at 12:41 am
Nour and Noura mean light in Arabic. Nuria in Aramaic.
on February 1st, 2013 at 5:05 am
Love Abner, Eliora, Helena, Lucian, Nera and Raiden!
on 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.
on 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!
on 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.
on 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.
on 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!
on February 1st, 2013 at 9:20 am
Eliora, Lucia and Helena would make a beautiful sibset!
on February 1st, 2013 at 10:01 am
I love Aurora and Helena!
on February 1st, 2013 at 10:14 am
Great list! I have Aurora and Helena on my list.
on February 1st, 2013 at 10:15 am
Forgot to mention Seraphina is on my list as well.
on 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.
on 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
on 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.
on 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.
on February 1st, 2013 at 12:08 pm
Can’t believe Claire/Clara wasn’t on this list!
on February 1st, 2013 at 1:00 pm
Eliora is beautiful! I’ve just added it to my list for future children.
on February 1st, 2013 at 1:17 pm
Did you leave Claire and Lucy/Lucia off the list on purpose?
on 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.
on 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
on February 1st, 2013 at 3:55 pm
Katybug, yes they would!
on 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!
on 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.
on 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.
on 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.
on February 1st, 2013 at 8:03 pm
My middle name, Aileen, means light as well. Great list!
on 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…
on 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!
on 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.
on 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.
on 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!
on February 2nd, 2013 at 7:11 pm
What about Lux?
on February 3rd, 2013 at 2:11 am
What about Lux? That name means light in Latin.
on 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!
on March 13th, 2013 at 10:21 am
Dawn and Aurora
on 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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