This boys’ name could pay homage to the 1950’s American boy-band The Beach Boys or be an evocative choice for hard-core beach lovers.
Meaning “heart; daughter of the sea,” Cordelia’s origin is Latin and Celtic. In Shakespeare’s tragedy King Lear, Cordelia was the King’s youngest and favorite daughter. Though a bit grown up sounding, it also yields the fresh nicknames Cora, Delia, Del, Lia, and Cory.
This female name is Greek, meaning “gift of the ocean.” A longtime grandma name, Doris is not quite back but could make a Geek Chic choice for the adventurous parent.
This Welsh name meaning “son of the sea” feels poetic and romantic. In Welsh myth, Dylan was a god of the sea who made the seas of Ireland and Britain cry when he died. The name became prominent after the success of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, which inspired the name of Bob Dylan. Unisex but more popular for boys than girls, the name can also be spelled Dillon.
Kai is a true multi-cultural name! In Hawaiian it means “sea,” but in Japanese “forgiveness,” in Navajo “willow tree,” and in Scandinavian “earth.”
The Irish name Muriel, meaning “of the bright sea,” is a so-far-out-it’s-in choice, if your taste runs to forgotten vintage choices.
Murphy, which means “sea warrior,” makes a secret-beach related name choice. Murphy is the most common surname in Ireland.
Neptune was the Roman god of the sea, so you might think of him as the ruler of the beach and a worthy inspiration for a beachy baby name. Though rarely heard for human babies, that could change with the new fashion for mythological names.
Both Greek names meaning “of the sea” and “sea nymph; mermaid” Nerissa and Nerida are possible replacements for Melissa or Marisa. In Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice,” Nerissa was Portia’s witty confidante.
Until Kim and Kanye announced this would be the nickname of their newborn daughter North, Nori was best known as the Japanese word for “seaweed,” known to most Americans as a sushi wrap. Nori is an exotic beachy baby name.
A Greek name, meaning “the sea.” Pelagia was the name of several saints.
Ronan, the name of twelve Irish and Scottish saints, means “little seal,” which might be one of the spirit animals of beachy baby names. Though it now ranks #458 in the U.S., Ronan is in the Top 50 in Ireland and the Top 30 in Northern Ireland.
Sandy is a gender-neutral baby name that might refer to the sand at the beach or might even reference Hurricane Sandy. Sandy can be used on its own or may also be short for Sandra, Alexander or Alexandra, or Sandor.
Last-name-turned-first Seaton is a Scottish and English surname meaning “town by the sea.”
A Celtic name meaning “gem of the sea,” Ula belongs to the rare U-starting sisterhood of names.
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