Celestial Names: Some heavenly baby name choices

So you’ve scoured the Earth and still haven’t come up with the perfect name for your baby.  Maybe it’s time to look skyward to broaden your horizons.  There’s a whole galaxy of interesting and evocative celestial names to choose from, including those of planets and their satellites, constellations and single stars.  These range from simple human names like Faye and Helene to those carrying the romantic resonance of Greek and Roman myth.

Check out our list of celestial names and, for even more ideas, have a look at our Angel Names and Space Names.

First, some names of planets and their satellites:

AMALTHEA

ARAGO

ARIEL

ATLAS

BIANCA

CALLISTO—the second largest satellite of Jupiter, discovered by Galileo

CALYPSO

CORDELIA

CRESSIDA

DESDEMONA

DESPINA

DIONE

ELARA

GALATEA

HELENE

IO

JULIET

JUPITER –the largest planet in the solar system

LARISSA

LEDA

MARS

MERCURY

MIRANDA

OBERON

OPHELIA

PANDORA

PHOEBE

PORTIA

ROSALIND

THALASSA

THEBE

TITANIA

VENUS –the most brilliant planet in the solar system

Next, some of the constellations:

ANDROMEDA

ANTILA

AQUILA

ARA

AURIGA

ARIES

CAELUM

CARINA

CASSIOPEIA

COLUMBA

CORVUS

DORADO

DRACO

LACERTA

LEO

LIBRA

LYRA

NORMA

ORION

PAVO

PERSEUS

PHOENIX

TUCAN

VELA

And some of the most namesake-worthy individual stars:

ALPHAAlpha Lyra is a white star in the constellation Lyra

ALTAIR

ATRIA

BELLATRIX

CAPELLA

CASTOR

HAMAL

MIMOSA

MIRA

NOVA—a star that suddenly increases in brilliance then gradually fades

RIGEL – the brightest star in Orion

SHAULA

SIRIUS – the brightest star in the heavens

VEGA – a blue-white star of the first magnitude

And finally, though they might not appear in the sky anywhere from six to a million years, here are some recurring comets:

DONATI

FAYE

FINLAY

HALLEY

HOLMES

MONTANI

WEST

WOLF

And also:

AURORA—the name of the shimmering displays of light that occur in the far northern and southern skies.

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Abby@AppellationMountain Says:

February 8th, 2010 at 10:30 am

What a fabulous list! I had no idea Norma had a celestial connection. Plus one more reason to love Cordelia!

kat Says:

February 8th, 2010 at 1:10 pm

Ourania from ouranos ( sky in greek).The -ia ending makes it all time classic.

Nephele (two first “e” pronounced like “e” in “set” and the last one, like “ee” in “see”) , means cloud in greek.
Other spellings: Nefeli or Nephelie (this one is better for english speakers).

spamwich Says:

February 8th, 2010 at 2:35 pm

Very nice list!

Just a random observation- a lot of the planets/satelines are also Shakespeare female names: Cordelia, Bianca, Desdemona, Juliet, Miranda, Ophelia, Portia, Rosalind, Titania. I guess we know where he was inspired from!

Bella Says:

February 8th, 2010 at 3:18 pm

I just posted a threat like this in the discussions board! You know what they say about great minds!

I love-

Elara
Miranda
Lyra
Aurora
Faye
Orion
Pheonix
Mira
Nova
Vega

All great names!

Emz Says:

February 8th, 2010 at 3:34 pm

I love Faye, and Lyra.

Does anyone here have an opinion on Hesper? I’ve always loved it – it reminds me of ‘whisper’ and I like the evening star connection. I’ve seen it in the Times/Telegraph a few times – do you think it’s usable? I hope so – and might use it anyway…

Hesper Faye?

Dearest Says:

February 8th, 2010 at 4:06 pm

I love all too many of these so I’m just going to highlight some special favourites:
CRESSIDA!!! Is my current name crush above all else! Magnificently beautiful name!
Andromeda and Cassiopeia are both awesome as well, I love that they’re so lengthy and unusual while familiar to most!
Columba has enormous appeal to me for not being a typically sounding girls’ name 🙂
Capella is probably the least used -ella name, so lively and sweet!
Castor is awesome for a boy, it’s just wonderful! I’m used to a lot of names ending in -tor or just -or from Norway, and this one reminds me of those! (Endor (b), Astor (b), Nor (b), Eivor (g), Anvor (g), Aldor (b) etc. etc.)

Lucy Says:

February 8th, 2010 at 6:39 pm

I have loved Cressida since I was ten and created a book character named Cressidia, not knowing that Cressida was an actual name. Thanks for including it! My daughter is Calista, by the way, and I love Calypso and Callisto as well but I was afraid to use an o-ender for a girl at the time.

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Rosy Says:

February 8th, 2010 at 9:53 pm

I love them all! These are my very favorites:

Amalthea
Cordelia
Cressida
Despina
Galatea
Juliet
Miranda
Oberon
Ophelia
Phoebe
Rosalind
Titania
Andromeda
Lyra
Sirius
Bellatrix

Eva Says:

February 8th, 2010 at 11:02 pm

I LOVE this list! Some of these names absolutely thrill me.

My favorites are…
Ariel
Bianca
Callisto
Calypso
Cordelia
Desdemona
Elara
Juliet
Ophelia
Pandora
Phoebe
Rosalind
Leda
Mira
Lyra
Sirius
Bellatrix

Melina Says:

February 9th, 2010 at 12:44 am

I love this blog, there are always such great posts for us name lovers! Today’s list was especially great, I like all of the names, my favorites are:
Ariel
Bianca
Callisto
Calypso
Cordelia
Elara
Helene
Larissa
Leda
Miranda
Ophelia
Pandora
Phoebe
Rosalind
Titania
Carina
Leo
Lyra
Norma
Orion
Bellatrix
Mira
Nova
Sirius
Aurora

I also like Celeste, Celestia and Ciela.

Andre Says:

February 9th, 2010 at 3:19 pm

I like Ariel and Nova for boys. I think both are in the top1000 too

moxielove Says:

February 10th, 2010 at 4:30 am

Spamwich – it’s the other way around. The satellites were discovered & named long after Shakespeare.

Which brings up a good point: Most of these are names from classical greek mythology, or ancient arabic, as these were 2 cultures that named most of our modern constellations.

HCBB Says:

February 20th, 2010 at 5:15 pm

I love the list and I have decided to name my daughter Pandora Bellatrix, but my friends and family keep bugging me about the names and I don’t know what to do I really love the way it sounds… what do you think…

Pamela Redmond Satran Says:

February 20th, 2010 at 5:53 pm

I love Pandora! And Pan, Dora, or Dory all make great nicknames.

LC Says:

March 28th, 2010 at 12:13 am

Bellatrix is an awesome name. Pandora is so famous for making a mistake though…….

Sarah Says:

July 29th, 2010 at 2:30 am

The Capricorn constellation has a star named Nashira, which is Arabic and means “bearer of good news.” My good friend had hippie parents that named her this. She also goes by Nash for short. I think it is a lovely celestial name and thought you could add it to your list!

Emily Says:

August 4th, 2010 at 11:41 pm

One name that is a star that I absolutely love is Polaris, northern star. It not on the list and I’ve never heard it used before.

*person* Says:

June 13th, 2011 at 8:20 pm

This reminded me of Juno, Hera, Minerva and Seraphine, some of my favourite ‘out of this world names’
I also like more subtle cosmic names like Michael, Gabriel, Claire (haha that’s me) Madonna (I love her music, but actually I like the name because ‘Mary’ is too boring and I like religious names) and Hazeus (Which sounds to much like “Hey Zeus” to me, but it’s nice)
Literal names like Sky, Star, and Cosmo are nice.

Briana Says:

August 6th, 2011 at 7:12 am

what about just the name Celestial or Celeste? Those sound nice
Also Nova and Vega

Miladyrigel Says:

June 19th, 2012 at 12:33 am

My middle name is Rigel, and I’m a girl. I love my name. First name is on the list as well.

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