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Cancer Baby Names Make a Splash

June 22, 2020 Sophie Kihm
Cancer baby names

Much like people born under the sign of the crab, Cancer baby names are warm and lovable. Cancer is the most sensitive and nurturing sign of the zodiac, so a Cancer child would do well with a name that speaks to their kindness and compassion.

In 2020, the Sun is in Cancer from June 21stJuly 22nd. Cancer is the first of the water signs and the first sign of the summer, making names that mean water or summer baby names ideal for a young crab.

You may also consider a name connected to one of Cancer’s many symbols, including names that mean moon and names that mean mother, relating to the maternal qualities associated with the sign.

If you’re searching for a name for your Cancer-to-be, consult our full guide, below:

Top Cancer Baby Names

Cancer is the only sign of the zodiac to be ruled not by a planet, but by the moon. Luna, the Latin word for “moon” and the name of the Roman moon goddess, was one of the fastest rising girl names of the decade and is on track to break into the Top 20. Luna could be the perfect name for a Cancer daughter, as it shows strength, femininity, and has a pleasant, engaging feel.

Cancer’s months, June and July, inspire popular Cancer names such as June, Juniper, and Julian, and the summer season connects to names such as Poppy, Rose, and Summer itself.

Here, names for Cancer babies within the US Top 600:

Amaya

Beckett

Brooks

Cora

Diana

Freya

Genevieve

Harrison

Julian

June

Juniper

Luna

Poppy

River

Rose

Ruby

Sebastian

Selena

Summer

Talia

Cancer Girl Names

Cancer is the most feminine of all the zodiac signs, being ruled by the moon, a maternal force. A goddess name would be ideal for a daughter born under the sign of the crab, particularly one connected to the moon, women, or fertility. Parvati is the name of the Hindu goddess of love and fertility, and the Norse goddess Freya is associated with femininity. Juno has a double connection to Cancer, being the name of the Roman goddess of marriage and childbirth and the namesake for the month of June.

The birthstones associated with Cancer include Pearl, Opal, Ruby, and Emerald, any of which would make a lovely name for a Cancer daughter. The most notable flower connected to Cancer is the white rose, but white flowers of all varieties are meaningful to the sign. This makes Daisy, Jasmine, and Camellia worthy options as well.

Famous Cancer women with names that may inspire you include Oscar-winner Meryl Streep, singer and performer Solange Knowles, and painter Frida Kahlo.

Below, our picks for the best names for Cancer girls: 

Agatha

Ayla

Camellia

Clementine

Daisy

Emerald

Jasmine

Juliette

Juno

Kahlo

Kamaria

Livana

Meryl

Morrigan

Nahla

Opal

Parvati

Pearl

Solange

Talia

Cancer Boy Names

As both a water sign and a summer zodiac sign, water names are very fitting for a Cancer child. There are a number of inspired options for boys, including the unisex nature names Lake and Ocean, and names with subtler ties to the water, such as Kai, meaning “ocean” in Hawaiian; Malik, the Greenlandic variation of which means “wave;” and Rayan, an Arabic name meaning “land that is lush and rich in water.”

Notable Cancers with distinctive names include South African civil rights hero Nelson Mandela and actor Sylvester Stallone. Henry David Thoreau — writer, philosopher, and abolitionist —was a Cancer as well. His surname would be an excellent choice for a Cancer son, as would Walden, after his most famous work of writing.

Here, our favorite names for Cancer boys:

Bowen

Calder

Carlow

Ellison

Jericho

Kai

Kasper

Lake

Loch

Luan

Malik

Mandela

Qamar

Ravi

Rayan

Samson

Spencer

Sylvester

Thoreau

Walden

Unique Cancer Baby Names

The beginning of Cancer season often coincides with the summer solstice, as it did this year. Solstice is a nouveau bohemian name used for girls and boys in fairly equal numbers. While it would be a lovely name for a Cancer child born on any date, it would be especially meaningful for a baby born near the turn of the season.

Silver is both the color and metal associated with Cancer, make such shiny names as Argento, a Latin name meaning “silvery;” Eirian, a Welsh name meaning “silver;” and even Silver itself ideal for a baby born under the sign.

Cancer is the fourth sign of the zodiac, so names connecting to the number are well suited for a Cancer child. Quade and Tetra are attractive options, as is Delta, which plays double duty as the fourth letter of the Greek alphabet and a watery name.

Unique Cancer baby names fall outside of the US Top 1000. Below, a selection of stylish options:

Altalune

Argento

Badar

Cia

Delta

Eirian

Indu

Lua

Mahina

Morwenna

Nuray

Ocean

Quade

Ren

Sasi

Silver

Soleil

Solstice

Tetra

Thalassa

Which are your favorite Cancer baby names? What would you name a Cancer baby?

About the author

Sophie Kihm

Sophie Kihm has been writing for Nameberry since 2015. She has contributed stories on the top middle names of 2019, the top baby names in each state, and the hottest nickname names of 2018. Sophie is Nameberry’s resident Name Guru to the Stars, where she suggests names for celebrity babies. She also manages the Nameberry Instagram and Pinterest. You can follow her personally on Instagram or Pinterest, or contact her at sophie@nameberry.com. Sophie lives in Chicago.

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