Day and Night Baby Names

Many parents — more and more, it seems — wait until the baby arrives to settle on a  name.  Some want to see what it looks like and try to gauge its incipient personality (not always easy), and some want to tie it into the circumstances of the baby’s birth–a practice seen in a number of earlier cultures.  This could be the season of arrival–Summer or Autumn–or the month, as in June or January, or the day of the week, as in Sunday Rose Kidman Urban (actually born on a Monday).

Another option is commemorating the time of day or night of the baby’s arrival.  There are any number of names associated with sun and moon gods and goddesses, as well as names whose meanings refer to day and night, stars, dawn, sun and moon,  in both western and  eastern cultures. Some of them worth considering are:

DAY NAMES

ADOUR — African, meaning born at dawn
AFTERNOON
ALBA –means dawn in Italian and Spanish
ALTAN — Turkish, meaning dawn
ANATOLE — French from Greek, meaning dawn
APOLLO –Greek sun god
AROON — Thai, meaning dawn
ASA –Hebrew, meaning healer)
AURORARoman goddess of dawn
CYRUS –Persian, meaning sun
DAG/DAGMAR/DAGNY — Scandinavian, meaning day, new day
DANICA — Slavic, meaning morning star
DAWN
DIA/DIAZ –Italian and Spanish for day
EARLY
ELIANA/ELIANE — in Greek, daughter of the sun (in Hebrew, God has answered)
ELIO/HELIO/HELIOS–related to the Greek sun god
EOS — Greek goddess of dawn
ISHAAN –Hindu sun god
KALINDA –Hindi, meaning the sun
LARK — the bird that sings at dawn
MATIN — morning in French
MORNING
NURU — Swahili, meaning born in daylight
PHOEBUS — another name for the sun god Apollo
RA –Egyptian sun god
RAVI — Hindu god of the sun
SAVITA — Hindi, meaning sun (among other meanings)
SABAH/SAHAR — Arabic, meaning morning
SAMSON — Hebrew, meaning sun
SHAHAR, Hebrew, meaning morning
SIRIA/SURYA –Hindi, meaning the sun (also the name of a sun god)
SOL/SOLANA –meaning the sun
SOLEIL — sun in French
SULIEN –Celtic, meaning born under the sun
SUNNY/SUNSHINE
TALI — Hebrew, meaning dew
TARANA — meaning born during the day in (Hausa) African (also music in Persian)
THEA — Greek goddess of light and mother of the sun
ZARIA/ZARYA — Slavic, meaning morning star
ZORA— Slavic name meaning dawn
ZORAN –Serbian, meaning light of dawn

NIGHT NAMES

AJAMBO —African, meaning born in the evening
ALTAIR –the brightest star in the constellation Aquila
ANDROMEDA — a constellation
ANNIKKI — Finnish nighttime goddess
AQUILA — a constellation
ARTEMIS –Greek moon goddess
ASTA/ASTRA — meaning star
BADAR — Arabic, meaning full moon
CASSIOPEIA–a constellation
CHANDRA — moon in Sanskrit
CYNTHIA — Greek, related to moon goddess Artemis
DELIA — another epithet of Greek moon goddess Aretemis
DIANARoman goddess of the moon
DIMAS — Greek, meaning sunset
ESTELLE/ESTELLA/ESTRELLA –meaning star
ESTHER — Persian, meaning star
ETOILE — French word for star
HOSHI — Japanese, meaning star
ISIS — Egyptian goddess of the sky
IZAR –means star in Basque
KAMARIA –Swahili, meaning beauty of the moon
KOKO — Native American (Blackfoot), meaning night
LAILA/LEILA//LEYA/LILA –all relate to  night in Arabic
LILITH — of the night
LIVANA — Hebrew, means lunar (or white)
LUNA — Italian for moon
MOON (as in Zappa)
NEOMA — Greek, meaning new moon
NISHA — Hindi, meaning night
NOVA — A star that shines very brightly (also means new and is the name of a PBS science show)
NYX — Greek, means night; name of the Greek goddess of the night
PHOEBE — another epithet for Greek moon goddess Artemis
QAMAR –Arabic, meaning moon
RAJANI — Hindi, meaning night
RAKA — Hindi, meaning full moon
RHIANNON — Celtic goddess of the moon
SELENE/SELENA — Greek goddess of the moon
STELLA — Latin for star
VEGA — star in the constellation Lyra

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Jill Says:

April 8th, 2009 at 2:04 am

I really love Aurora, Diana, and Phoebe. 🙂

Christina Fonseca Says:

April 8th, 2009 at 2:09 am

Awesome list – I love the variety of cultures represented. Aurora, Dagny, Danica and Thea are my favorite Day Names, while from Night Names my preference is for Cassiopeia, Cynthia, Phoebe and Rhiannon.

realpraise Says:

April 8th, 2009 at 8:38 am

Soleil and Thea – love them!

Lola Says:

April 8th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

Funny! All of my kids were born at night. I was born at night, also. Josie was born at 8 minutes after midnight and Estelle/Stella, Esther, Lila, Lilith, Luna & Phoebe were on our lists for her, but in the end went with something completely different. I like the mix of cultures up there and are partial to a fair amount of day names as well: Roxana, Zoran, Zarya, Cymbeline, Apollo, Eos, Surya & Thea.

My boys were born just after 4 am but I don’t think I ever had any “time of day” type names on the lists for them funnily enough. Just Josie. And even then, Estelle/Stella was the closest runner up from that list. In the end, she didn’t fit any of them to us. Maybe next time, if ever!

lulu Says:

April 10th, 2009 at 1:57 am

Funnily enough a lot of the names that are on my list relate to night time; Phoebe, Stella, Lila, Esther, and I’m very much a night person, not a morning person, coincidence??

leila Says:

July 27th, 2009 at 9:55 am

layla/leila born at night in egyptian or dark beauty in indian cultures. from the lists i like soleil from the day and vega from the night

Want to help me with names for the twins? – Page 2 – AmityMama.com Says:

February 1st, 2010 at 7:47 pm

[…] Originally Posted by lakshmi_mama I would not rule out Vesper just yet. I really like Vesper and Morgen. Morgen being the German for morning. Or you could go towards Natalie for the 'Nat' that is at the root of many words for Night. Natal also being birth. Or – you could go with something like Morgen and Stella for Morning Star. I like Vesper. I was also going to suggest Morgen, or Matin or some variation of Matins. I did a little googling and found a day and night baby name list, if that helps. DAY AND NIGHT BABY NAMES – Baby Name Blog – Nameberry […]

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AutumnFox Says:

July 26th, 2013 at 6:47 am

I wish they’d be more specific than just “African” for Adour and Ajambo (and several other names I’ve seen on this site, like Zella). There are dozens of languages spoken on the continent of Africa and it would be nice to see as much specificity as is given for the others – none of the French/Spanish/Greek ones simply say “European”, nor are the Japanese or Chinese names all lumped under “Asian”, for example.

linda Says:

July 26th, 2013 at 11:40 am

I quite agree with you, AutumnFox and we’ll make an effort to be more specific as we go along.

Xenobia Says:

November 7th, 2014 at 9:59 pm

my son’s name Tawera is a name of Maori descent and means morning star. he was born at 7.38 a.m.

HistoryGirl Says:

April 23rd, 2016 at 10:19 pm

It would have been nice if the ”author” would have researched these names.

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