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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