Best Beach Baby Names
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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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.
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