200+ Baby Names With Great Meanings

200+ Baby Names With Great Meanings

In tough times, new parents are drawn to baby names with good meanings.

Since the start of the pandemic, we’ve seen meaningful names of all kinds cropping up ever more frequently in our Babyberry birth announcements. Some have family connections, some have spiritual significance, and many more have powerful positive meanings which resonate with parents – especially during turbulent times.

Why choose a baby name with a great meaning? Abby puts it best in her latest newsletter:

“Because even though our children may forget much of 2020’s tumult, those qualities – courage and kindness, bravery and love – will serve your child well, no matter what the future brings.”

Positive Meanings Are On Trend

Names with good meanings were already trending before the pandemic. Choices like Amoura “love”, Alaia “joy”, Amias “beloved” and Ambrose “immortal”, as well as Salem “peace” for both sexes, were among the Top 10 fastest rising names last year.

But we predict that the current crisis will push meaning even further to the forefront of parents’ minds. After all, welcoming (and naming) a new life during troubling times is the ultimate act of optimism.

With that in mind, we’ve been busy expanding our many lists of names with great meanings. Here are ten of the most popular positive name meanings, with some of our favorite stylish choices in each category.

Names That Mean Strong

Our list of baby names meaning strong, brave or powerful is the #1 most viewed meaning-related list on Nameberry. Here are some of the coolest strong names for babies.


Find our full list of baby names that mean strong here.

Names That Mean Love

The second most popular name meaning on our site is love or beloved. Names meaning love were among the fastest rising on the US charts last year, and there are some (literally) adorable options to suit every style.


See our full list of baby names that mean love here.

Names That Mean Gift

Baby names that mean gift include Biblical names meaning “gift of God”, like Matthew, Jonathan and Nathaniel, as well as intriguing international options, like Anjali, Ohanna and Velta. Here are some of our favorites.


Discover more names that mean gift here.

Names That Mean Happy

Names that mean happy or joy have long been popular – think Beatrice, Felix and Joy itself, all vintage names which have been making a comeback in recent years. Here are some of the best baby names with joyful meanings.


See our full list of names meaning happy here.

Names That Mean Hope

Hope springs eternal – and so do names with optimistic meanings! We predict that baby names meaning hope, or referring to symbols of hope like the dove (Callum, Paloma), rainbow (Iris, Enfys) or phoenix, will be particularly popular for babies born in the COVID era.


Check out our full list of baby names meaning hope here.

Names That Mean Light

A brilliant meaning for babies born during troubling times, names that mean light might symbolize lighting up the darkness, or (we hope!) light at the end of the tunnel. It’s another of the most popular name meanings on Nameberry.


Find our full list of brilliant baby names meaning light here.

Names That Mean Beauty

Baby names meaning beautiful or handsome have become increasingly popular in recent years with the rise of Beau and Belle names (from the French for “beautiful”), as well as Callie names, many of which derive from the Greek kallos “beauty”.


See more baby names meaning beauty here.

Names That Mean Miracle

Parents expecting a long-awaited child, or a rainbow baby following a previous loss, might like to consider a name meaning miracle, lucky or blessed.


Discover more baby names with miraculous meanings here.

Names That Mean Noble

There’s an abundance of English A names that mean noble, including Ada, Alice, Audrey and all their variants. But there are also some intriguing international options to discover, like those in the list below.


Find more names that mean noble in our full list here.

Names That Mean Wise

Names meaning wise or intelligent include those belonging to deities of wisdom, such as Athena, Minerva, Nuha and Ganesh. Others, like Sage, are more literal! Here are some of the best smart names for babies.


You can see our full list of baby names meaning wise here.

What are your favorite names with great meanings? Share them with us in the comments below!

About the Author

Emma Waterhouse

Emma Waterhouse joined the team in 2017, writing about everything from where to find a cool vintage boy name to why some names become popular memes. As Nameberry's head moderator, she also helps to keep our active forums community ticking. A linguist by background, Emma speaks six languages and lives in England's smallest county with her husband and three young children. You can reach her at