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
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
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on August 14th, 2020 at 6:06 am
I’m pretty sure some of these are either a big big stretch or outright wrong. But that’s just me.
on August 15th, 2020 at 9:30 pm
Yeah, I agree with sorceress.
on August 16th, 2020 at 6:26 am
From what I’ve seen, “Cam” means crooked, while Cameron could mean crooked nose or crooked stream, as it was originally either used as a Scottish clan name or location name. I can’t speak on the accuracy of other names, but I’ve done a fair bit of research into Cameron specifically over the years 😉
on August 17th, 2020 at 1:09 pm
Yup, Mesa and Castor always sounded very strange to me because of their meanings. And Nova “new”!
I’ll add a few more:
Cova – “grave”
Nora – “daughter-in-law”
Mãe – “mother”
Janela – “window”
Vela – “candle” and “sail”
Lula – “squid”
Cara – “face”
Lobo – “wolf”
Neve – “snow”
Lapis – “pencil”
Sal – “salt”
Mar – “sea”
Mel – “honey”
Neta – “granddaughter”
Uma – “one”
Terra – “earth”
Pico – “peak”
on August 19th, 2020 at 4:44 pm
How fun! I really like Tycho and Carbry.
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