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.
“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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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on May 17th, 2011 at 12:58 am
What about Felix? It means happy and lucky, two things we wish for our little Felix!
on May 17th, 2011 at 8:41 am
You’re right, Lauren, Felix has a wonderful meaning. As I said, there are so many names with these great meanings that I couldn’t come close to including them all. Excellent choice!
on May 17th, 2011 at 11:20 am
By far my favorite baby name meaning is Imogen: beloved child. Swoon.
on May 17th, 2011 at 1:14 pm
Great list! Asher and Bennett have great meanings as well.
on May 17th, 2011 at 1:22 pm
Oh, and I’m well aware that you can’t possibly include each and every single name with a great meaning but I’d also like to add Naava/Nava, Naomi, Amira, and Asha =)
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on May 17th, 2011 at 1:24 pm
I tried to sway my husband toward Beatrice by telling him the meaning. Oh and I also told him that Dorothy means “gift of God”. Didn’t help my case though! 😛
Instead we have a boy whose name means “farmer”. Ah well. It is nice if a name has a positive meaning, but not essential in our case.
on May 17th, 2011 at 1:28 pm
I fell in love with Astrid after seeing in a book that it meant “godlike beauty and strength.” What more could you wish for in a daughter?
on May 17th, 2011 at 2:13 pm
Let’s not forget:
Carina: dear, little one; beloved
Naomi: beautiful; pleasant; delightful;honest
Nova: chases butterflies (hopi indian meaning)
Maeve: intoxicating; intoxicatingly beautiful
Bevin: fair lady; melodious woman
Calista: most beautiful
on May 17th, 2011 at 4:20 pm
My name’s Victoria and I think the meaning ‘victory’ is simply stunning.
on May 17th, 2011 at 10:24 pm
I LOOOVE these names. Abelard? New name crush!
on May 18th, 2011 at 1:26 pm
I’ve always loved Devin for a boy. I would love to have a little poet going to school with all those Hunters and Gunnars.
on May 18th, 2011 at 3:02 pm
Some of my favorites names are on this list!
Ada is so beautiful and understated!
Helena is so classy and beautiful
Millicent is totally on my list!
Ignatius is great!
Lysander is fun!
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on April 8th, 2012 at 7:38 am
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on May 9th, 2012 at 6:38 am
I love these names! My favourite is Celeste for a girl, heavenly. Oh geese, but how do you pick out of Celeste and Sophia???!!!
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