Names on Fire

If you’re due very soon and so are expecting a Leo baby – or have or anticipate a child born under one of the other fire signs, Sagittarius or Aries – all I can say is: Lucky you.  I’m an Aries, my first child was a Sag, and my second a Leo, and we all live up to our characteristically fiery independent natures.

If you’re interested in a name that means or relates to fire for your own little fire sign baby, or its bright, energetic image simply appeals to you, consult this list of fiery names:

AGNI – Hindu god of fire, though to English speakers the name may sound more feminine than masculine.

AIDAN and AIDEN – Popular modern form of Aodh, meaning fiery, that’s well-used for boys and also a possibility for girls.  Meaning fire, Aodh (or Ae, which is pretty phonetic) was a name borne by several High Kings and mythological heroes.

AZAR – Attractive Iranian girl’s name that means fire.

BLAISE – Although this ancient martyr’s name means “one who stutters,” its relationship to Blaze makes it feel fiery.

BRENT and BRENTON — “Bren” means burnt land, so these two surname/place names relate tangentially to fire and have a smoke-tinged feel.  Either might be fresher for a girl than a boy.

BRIGID – Name of the ancient Celtic goddess of fire (and poetry and wisdom) can be varied as BRIDGET, BRIGITTE, BIRGIT, BRITT, BRIGHID, among other forms.

CALIDA – Girls’ name derived from the Spanish for hot.

CONLEY – Irish surname particularly suited to translation for girls, meaning “purifying fire.”

FINTAN – Irish name that some say means “white fire” and may be an intriguing way to get to Finn.

HESTIA – Greek goddess of the hearth.  VESTA is the Latin form of her name.

HUGH – Although Hugh’s meaning is technically “intelligence, spirit,” from the German, the name can also be a modern form of the ancient Gaelic Aodh, whose pronunciation is even breathier than Hugh’s.

IGNATIUS – Saints’ name related to the Latin word for fire, most recently chosen by actress Cate Blanchett for her third son.

INIGO – Basque form of Ignatius pronounced IN-ih-go, most famous as name of classic British architect, Inigo Jones.

KALAMA – Exotic girls’ name – it’s Hawaiian – meaning “flaming torch.”

KEAHI – Hawaiian boys’ name meaning flames.

KEEGAN – Another Irish surname than can mean son of Egan, which is derived from Aodh, meaning fire.

KENNETH – Scottish name that means “born of fire.”  A bit overexposed a generation ago, but still strong and handsome.

McKENNA – A patronymic derived from Kenneth, trendy for girls.

PELE – The Hawaiian goddess of fire…. and a fiery soccer player.

PHOENIX – Name for girls or boys of the mythic bird that rose from the ashes.

REESE and RHYS – A former surname rapidly gaining in popularity as a first, thanks to Ms. Witherspoon.  Means “fiery” in the personality sense.

SERAPHINA – A name taken from the Seraphim, the highest order of angels, meaning fiery or ardent.  Seraphina was thrust into the spotlight when Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck chose it for their second daughter.

SHULA – Arabic girls’ name that means flame.

VULCAN – Name of the Roman god of fire, with strong Star Trek overtones.

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redridinghood Says:

July 29th, 2009 at 4:49 am

I love Brigid, and particularly love the Gaelic way of pronouncing the nickname Brig, which is something like BREE-je. (soft j, like in Zsa Zsa Gabor if you know what I mean).

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Tara Says:

July 29th, 2009 at 8:09 am

I would like to add: Celosia. It’s Greek and means “aflame”. 🙂

Elea Says:

July 29th, 2009 at 8:19 am

I love Seraphine / Seraphina! So pretty! And Rhys is a firm favourite with me, although I take them meaning more of ‘ardent’ than ‘fiery’ 😉

Other possibilities for the list:
Hephaistos / Hephaestus — Greek god of fire, smithies
Prometheus — In Greek myth, first stole fire from the gods.
Cinead (the Gaelic origin for Kenneth –if meaning ‘born of fire’ rather than from Coinneach ‘handsome’)

Sue Says:

July 29th, 2009 at 9:43 am

All I can think of when I see Inigo is the Princess Bride.
“Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”

Love Calida though–very pretty and unique.

Sebastiane Says:

July 29th, 2009 at 11:11 am

All cool names, I especially like Blaise, Azar, Seraphina and Calida.

Kathleen Says:

July 29th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

Any Princess Bride fan knows that the most famous bearer of the name Inigo is Inigo Montoya. You know, “Hello,my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” I can’t be the only one who thought that.

Dearest Says:

July 29th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

You forgot Eithne (Enya)! And you should probably mention that Edana is the original feminine form of Aidan… ^^
Otherwise, I am tremendously fascinated by fire and try my best to find usable and good names related to fire, so thank you for this list… Unfortunately, the only name I can see myself using is Seraphine and maybe Hugh…
I also read somewhere that Ea was a Celtic name meaning fire, but I can’t find it on the naming sites I trust the most, so I’m not sure… Unfortunately, Ea is also an alternative name for the Sumerian water god, Enki, so it poses a problem ^^

And finally, Inigo takes me straight back to The Princess Bride as well ^^ Such a lovely film!

Dearest Says:

July 29th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

*did some research*
There’s also Josiah (Fire of the Lord), Nina (Native American name meaning fire), Ember (obviously) and Fiammetta which might be over the top, but both Fiamma and Fia are derived from it, and it means little fire in Italian… ^^ Fia is an adorable alternative to Mia if you ask me…

sabrinaly Says:

July 29th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

i think Scorpio is a fire sign also.

Vanya Says:

July 29th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

Lovely list. The funny part is I just watched The Princess Bride for the first time yesterday evening!

pam Says:

July 29th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

I know, it seems like Scorpio SHOULD be a fire sign, but it is oddly enough a water sign. And Princess Bride is one of my favorites! A great kid movie that’s actually enjoyable for adults

Paul Says:

July 29th, 2009 at 5:43 pm

You omitted Fiammetta! I love the name.

pam Says:

July 29th, 2009 at 5:48 pm

These lists are not meant to be 100% comprehensive, otherwise what would you all have to comment about? But actually, I left Fiammetta out on purpose — seemed very out-there to me. But you love? Really? I think we need a blog called Strange Love, about weird names people nevertheless adore, or at least a message board on the subject — or both!

Emz Says:

July 29th, 2009 at 7:08 pm

Add me to the (as yet, small) list of people who love Fiametta. It’s one of those names that’s just crazy OTT and would never get used, but SHOULD.

I absolutely love Blaise.

Lisa Says:

September 17th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

We are pregnant with twins, and if one is a girl we are naming her Fia.

Kindel Says:

November 2nd, 2009 at 6:35 pm

Also, Kindle 😉

Mary Says:

March 26th, 2011 at 8:06 pm

What about Ember? That one’s pretty firey

crazynamegirl Says:

March 27th, 2011 at 9:58 pm

I don’t think Fiametta is that out there… Lotus, Nirvana- out there. Not Fiametta. It actually seems more usable than Henrietta to me because of the familiar “iya” sound. And so many nicknames!!! Princess Bride makes Inigo more usable, not less! I do like Indigo better, though (yes, for a boy).

fluffamun Says:

April 26th, 2012 at 11:10 pm

Really. You forgot Katniss. Shame on you, Nameberry. I mean, the girl was literally ON FIRE.

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