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Names Meaning Fire Are Full of Warmth

November 7, 2020 Clare Green
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Names meaning fire are perfect for this time of the year, when (in the northern hemisphere) the nights draw in and fire provides warmth, comfort, and light. It plays a central role in upcoming festivals like Diwali and Hanukkah. Babies born in late November and early December have the star sign Sagittarius, which is ruled by the element fire.

Of course, fire is also powerful and even dangerous — we know that this year especially. Some parents affected by wildfires choose their baby’s name to commemorate the time they were born, like the Australian couple who called their son Smokey.

As an element universal to humans, it’s no surprise that names meaning fire are present in many languages and cultures. We’ve rounded up our favorites, from blazing infernos of popularity like Aiden to rare little sparks like Iskra. Some have a literal fiery meaning, while others make the list by association, like Phoenix and Cole.

Popular fire names

These flaming-hot names are in the current US Top 500.

Boys

Aidan
Aiden
Cole
Cyrus
Keegan
Kenneth
Tyson

Girls

Ember
McKenna

Both

Phoenix

Mythical fire names

God and goddess names are hot right now. Do you like any of these fire-related ones?

Apollo — Greek sun god and a fast-rising boy name. It also has beautiful but rare feminine versions like Apolline and Apollonia.

Cymbeline — The legendary British king, immortalized by Shakespeare, has a name meaning “dog of Belinos”, a sun god.

Hestia — One of the cosiest mythological names, from the Greek goddess of the hearth. Her Roman counterpart is Vesta.

Pele — Hawaiian goddess of fire. (And yes, also the soccer player.)

Surya — Hindu god of the sun, with many titles leading to other names, like Ravi and Savita.

Vulcan — The Roman god of fire… and, for Trekkies, Mr Spock’s people.

Modern fire names

Some of these are actually ancient, while others have only been used in recent times. But they’re all in the sweet spot that many parents are looking for: familiar, stylish, but not wildly popular.

Blaze — Sounds like saintly Blaise, but the spelling gives it a fiery meaning.

Brand — This word for a flaming torch was never as popular as similar names like Brent, so it still feels fresh and undated.

Conley — This saintly name has an unusual meaning — “chaste fire” — but a very on-trend sound.

Egan — Another Irish name with potential as an alternative to Ethan.

Fintan — This Irish name meaning “white fire” has come onto the radar with the rise of Finn. 

Kiran — Names don’t get much more versatile than this unisex cross-cultural gem. This spelling makes it an Indian name meaning “ray of light”.

McCoy — Cool, friendly and with a seal of authenticity, several celebrities including Scott Porter have used this for their children.

Seraphina — Now that dramatic girl names like Ophelia and Athena have become mainstream, this name-lovers’ darling has become a realistic option and is flying hooting up the charts.

Uriel — This archangel is traditionally associated with the element of fire, and his name is on the rise along with other biblical -el names. 

Rare fire names

We’d love to see more parents using these fiery names from around the world.

Alinta — The word for fire in the Australian Noongar language.

Azar — Strong and straightforward Iranian word name.

Enya — If you’d rather not go full-on with Aithne, this is the simplest and best-known anglicized spelling.

Fiammetta — Beloved of name nerds, but rarely used in practice. Do you dare?

Fuji — Japan’s highest mountain may take its name from an ancient word for fire. 

Haco — A Cornish hero name that could join the stylish ranks of the O-ending boy names.

Inigo — Speaking of which, this dashing Spanish name surely deserves more use. The Princess Bride connection only makes it cooler, right?

Iskra — Russian word for “spark” that’s rare even in its homeland nowadays.

Keahi — Hawaiian names like Kai are cool right now, and this is a lesser-known option. Another is Kalama, the word for a torch.

Nuria — Sweet, simple, distinctive and with a bright meaning: this name has lots to offer.

Shula — A surprisingly rare name with roots in several cultures. In Arabic it means “flame”.

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Clare Green

Clare Green writes Nameberry's weekly round-up of the latest baby name news, including celebrity announcements, unusual naming stories, and new statistics from around the world . Clare, who has been writing for Nameberry since 2015, lives in England, where she has worked in libraries and studies linguistics. You can follow her personally on Instagram and Twitter.

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