Beach Baby Names Have Summer Spirit
Beach baby names take their inspiration from sand and sea, from natural features and nautical creatures.
Beach names can honor a special place, or celebrate your love of the ocean. They include a wide range of styles, from international words for sea, to modern word names, to gods and goddesses of the waters. We’ve picked some of the best, both familiar and less so, and there are even more in even more in our list of the best beach names.
Whether you’re down at the seashore now or just dreaming of the waves, enjoy these fresh and wild names for a beach baby.
Names meaning sea and ocean
The ocean is an almost-universal concept, so there’s a rich collection of names with a sea meaning from all around the world. These are some of our favorites.
Delmar — A great-grandpa name that would make a charming revival now.
Iluka — A distinctive Australian place name.
Manami — One possible meaning of this Japanese name is “love” + “ocean."
Maren — Of the many marine names, Maren is one of the sleekest and freshest.
Mira — A multicultural name with nautical meaning in Indian languages.
Moana — The Disney movie brought this Polynesian name to a wider audience.
Oceane — A French classic that deserves more love from English speakers.
Pelagia — This Greek name belongs to an Orthodox saint, or you may recognise it from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.
The names below all have “wave” in their meaning, and it’s interesting to note that several of them are highly multicultural, with roots in several languages. We can’t help but mention Waverley and Ripley too, for their watery sounds.
Word names from nature are a big trend at the moment, and this list includes both popular and almost-unused names. If these aren’t quite your style as first names, they also make stunning middles paired with more traditional firsts, like Zoe Kazan and Paul Dano’s daughter Alma Bay.
If your perfect beach weather is sunny with a gentle sea breeze, these names capture the mood.
Meltem — A Turkish name meaning the northern winds off the Aegean sea.
Ravi — A popular Indian name, Ravi means the sun or the Hindu sun god.
Zephyr — The Greek name for the west wind.
Sea gods and goddesses
These names from mythology and ancient religions still resonate, reminding us of the ocean’s power and mystery.
Ahti — Finnish god of the waters.
Dylan — In Welsh legend, a boy who swam off to sea almost as soon as he was born.
Niamh — A daughter of the god of the sea, in Irish legend.
Sedna — The Inuit goddess of the sea and sea creatures.
Triton — Another Greek god, the ruler of the depths of the sea.
Flora and fauna
These names celebrate the rich habitats of the sea and the shore.
Mako — A species of shark found worldwide, from a Māori word for “shark”.
Ronan — This Irish name, meaning “little seal”, is red-hot in the US right now.
Sereia — Portuguese for “mermaid”…because they’re sea creatures too, right?
Beach names off the map
Most of us have our favorite beaches, but these are some famous ones that make cool names.
Dover — Under the iconic white cliffs, Dover beach is one of the closest points in England to France.
Ora — One of the most notable beaches in Indonesia.
Venice — A lesser-used place name, and a beach neighborhood in Los Angeles.
Yes, you can find cool occupational names everywhere, even at the beach!
Fisher — A still-underused surname with both literal and spiritual meaning.
What are your favorite beach baby names?