That Name Means What????
There are a lot of names with meanings related to God, a lot of names with meanings related to love and battles and hope, and then there are those names with really unique meanings.
Like footprint. Or pirate. Or pain.
Whether it’s for a baby or a character, a name’s roots can be a factor in making the final choice. For some people, it’s so important that they use an everyday word, then each time they use the name they’ll be reminded of Hope, or a River, or the color Gray. And some are keen to choose a name from a different language with a positive meaning, like strong, happy, or light.
But for others, etymology isn’t important at all. It’s no dealbreaker if a name’s meaning sounds a little odd out of context (like Cameron or Claudia), or it has an uncertain origin, or is a cool-sounding coinage without any translatable meaning (like Nevaya or Brylan).
Whichever camp you fall into, we hope you’ll enjoy this collection of names with one-of-a-kind meanings.
Where did we find them? In addition to our hand-curated baby name lists (including the fabulous user lists), our database auto-generates hundreds of name lists based on meanings. Scrolling through them can fling up a few surprises.
Read on for the names with quirky and unique meanings that made us go, “ooh, interesting” or “wait, what?” We bet you’ll find a few you don’t know (but bonus name lover points for any that you do)!
Name meanings: Household items
Unique name meanings: Body parts
Unique meanings: Appearance
Puffy cheeks: Gifford
Unique meanings: Food and drink
Unique meanings: Nature
Unique meanings: Occupations
Caretaker of the mill: Millard
Name meanings: Descriptive words
Unique meanings: Actions
Unique meanings: The dark side
Unique name meanings: the best of the rest
Sweet smelling tree: Chan