Names That Mean Fire

July 29, 2009 Pamela Redmond
names that mean fire

Names that mean fire are perfect for a baby born under any of the three fire signs of the Zodiac: Aries, which runs from the first day of spring until late April; Leo, from late July till late August; and Sagittarius, which means birthdays roughly from Thanksgiving until right before Christmas.

Names with fire meanings might also relate to a child’s fiery nature: Is that baby jumping around a lot in your belly?  Fire meanings might carry some personal or professional significance.

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 with fire meanings.

Girl Names that Mean Fire

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

BRIGID – Name of the ancient Celtic goddess of fire (and poetry and wisdom) can be varied as BRIDGETBRIGITTEBIRGITBRITTBRIGHID, among other forms.

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

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

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

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.

Boy Names that Mean Fire

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.

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.

CONLEY – Irish surname that means “purifying fire.”

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

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, 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 that means 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.

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

Unisex Names that Mean Fire

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.

If you want even more choices, see our extended list of baby names that mean fire.

About the author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. The coauthor of ten bestselling baby name books, Redmond is an internationally-recognized name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show,, CNN, and the BBC. Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show of the same name.

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