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.
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.
Darya — The popularity of Arya could help to boost this Persian name.
Delmar — A great-grandpa name that would make a charming revival now.
Hali — Pronounced like Halle, but with extra seaworthy meaning.
Iluka — A distinctive Australian place name.
Kai — This international hit is among the coolest names right now, and is also part of longer names like Kairi and Kailani.
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.
Murphy — Pleasingly unfrilly, almost exactly unisex, and the most common surname in Ireland.
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.
Seaton — An English place name with a similar-yet-different sound to Sutton.
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.
Brisa — Spanish for “breeze”, and a lovely alternative to popular names like Bree and Brielle.
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.
Soleil — Meaning “sun” in French, Soleil Moon Frye helped to put this name on the map.
Sunny — A cheerful nickname that’s steadily popular for girls and boys.
Zephyr — The Greek name for the west wind.
These names from mythology and ancient religions still resonate, reminding us of the ocean’s power and mystery.
Ahti — Finnish god of the waters.
Anahita — An Iranian water goddess, and the older form of Anaïs.
Doris — A Greek sea goddess name that was one of the hugely popular names of the 1920s.
Dylan — In Welsh legend, a boy who swam off to sea almost as soon as he was born.
Netuno — This Brazilian version of Neptune has an extra cool edge.
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.
These names celebrate the rich habitats of the sea and the shore.
Concha — Spanish for “shell”, but also short for the Marian name Concepción.
Coral — A beautiful, delicate life form, and a name that fits in with current favorites like Cora and Opal.
Delphine — French for “dolphin”, and we also love the Spanish version Delfina.
Mako — A species of shark found worldwide, from a Māori word for “shark”.
Nori — The Japanese name for edible seaweed (as found on sushi rolls), although it’s as North West’s nickname that this name has really taken off.
Pearl — A vintage jewel name that’s on the brink of a comeback.
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.
Bronte — This beach suburb of Sydney was named after Lord Nelson, who was titled the Duke of Bronté. The name originally means “The Thunderer”.
Diani — A popular beach in Kenya. Between Dion and Diana, it certainly sounds like a name, and has occasionally been used.
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.
Zuma — Another LA beach, used by Gwen Stefani for her son. The beach name is thought to come from the surname of missionary Francisco Dumetz.
Yes, you can find cool occupational names everywhere, even at the beach!
Fisher — A still-underused surname with both literal and spiritual meaning.
Mariner — A modern-sounding update to names like Maren and Marino, and a rare alternative to…
Sailor — As the popularity of Taylor wanes, fresh and jaunty Sailor has risen for both sexes, but especially girls.
What are your favorite beach baby names?
About the author
View all of 's articles
You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
on July 29th, 2013 at 11:38 pm
I love Moana (the Hawaiian name is actually spelled this way, not Moanna). I may use it as a middle for a future daughter to honor her heritage. I also really like Murphy, but I don’t know if I can get over the Murphy’s Law association.
on July 29th, 2013 at 11:57 pm
Other ones I’ve met are Sandy and Reef!
on July 30th, 2013 at 12:45 am
It was really interesting to know that Obama is also Japanese and a place name.
on July 30th, 2013 at 2:59 am
I LOVE this blog! I am obsessed with the sea and the beach. I especially like Ula as a nn for Ursula!
on July 30th, 2013 at 6:53 am
I love the ocean and the beach. I think Cordelia and Guinevere are beautiful, and I love that Kai has so many different meanings for such a short name!
on July 30th, 2013 at 10:49 am
Yes, yesss!! I live on the beach so this is fantastic! My mom would really like for me to use Murphy, she loves it! It’s okay…. But I like Seaton. And yes Reef is adorable, don’t forget that every other little girl there is named ……Sailor
on July 30th, 2013 at 11:08 am
I LOVE the name Guinevere. 🙂
on July 30th, 2013 at 11:20 am
I think Beach would be a bad move for any gender. Life’s a Beach, and all that jazz….
on July 30th, 2013 at 11:38 am
Fun list! Went to the beach this summer with my 5- and 6-year-old cousins; had so much fun coming up with “mermaid names.” They are considerably better namers than me – Coral Leaf was my favorite of their creation. I would also like to mention that I love the name Océane, or as my iPhone autocorrect keeps insisting, Océanie.
on July 30th, 2013 at 5:54 pm
Sorry if this is duplicate; I couldn’t see my post.
I really like this list. I would add a few if I may.
Pearl makes me think of the ocean since natural pearls are from oysters.
I knew the most wonderful old lady name Muriel, but think the name sounds dated. I like the Irish variation Meriel instead which has the same meaning and could honor our friend Muriel.
From the list I like Cordelia, Oceana, Ronan, Doris and Beach.
on July 30th, 2013 at 6:15 pm
Love beach names; born and raised in a beach town. Apart from Dune and Beach and the Hawaiian names, none of them feel very beach-y. They’re obviously water names, though
To me names that evoke the beach aren’t necessarily water names- Zephyr, Sol, Azure, Bodhi, Coral, Piper, Reed…
on August 4th, 2013 at 4:04 am
Ah I love the beach, the sea and all the connotations of the seaside. The seaside reminds me of my Grandma who retired by the sea, of my father as he has a love for the sea and whenever near the sea has to go and see it, so for me this is a really interesting blog!
From the list I love Cordelia, Dylan, Guinevere, Kai, and Morgan. However the other choices on this list are really fantastic as well. Great list.
on August 4th, 2013 at 10:00 pm
My favorites from this list are Cordelia and Seaton!! I also love the name Shelly, short for Michelle, which sounds very beachy.
Name of Our Babies Said
on August 8th, 2013 at 5:02 pm
[…] covered 36,544 Japanese babies born between January and November this year, … Beach Baby Names ? Baby Name Blog – Nameberry Are you a beach lover, or simply dreaming of sun, sand, and waves as you consider your baby name […]
on November 10th, 2013 at 6:09 pm
Love this! I love the beach and ocean! Some great baby names here!
Beach Boys Names – Wonderful Beach Said
on October 26th, 2016 at 11:03 pm
[…] Beach Baby Names […]
Check Out These Beach Baby Names Fit For a Summer Baby – BetterBabyDeals.com Said
on June 30th, 2020 at 5:39 pm
[…] soon, you might still be searching for the perfect baby name. Luckily, popular baby naming website Nameberry is here to help. They recently put out a list of beach baby names inspired by the sand, sea, […]
105 Beach Baby Names – Beach Blogs Said
on July 6th, 2020 at 4:04 pm
[…] Beach baby names call on the sand, the sea, and the sun for inspiration. Figures from mythology along with beach-related flora and fauna might also be considered beachy baby names.Beach names would be perfect for a child born during the summer months, the child of a sailor or a surfer, or a family that lives near the water. Beach baby names to consider for your list include the following. […]
leave a reply
You must be logged in to post a comment.