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That Name Means What????

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

Basket: Binnie

Binoculars: Jumelle

Bowl: Bogart

Cellar: Keller

Corner: Zaniah

Cup: Tasso

Door: Minahil

Fireside: Hestia

Jug: Jara

Mirror: Kyoko

Needle: Obelia

Pencil: Matita

Pillow: Cody

Shed: Booth

Spade: Bechette

Table: Mesa

Washtub: Taci

Unique name meanings: Body parts

Armpit: Ascella

Eyesight: Osiris

Footprint: Olwen

Skin: Sharpay

Tooth: Dandelion

Womb: Delphia

Unique meanings: Appearance

Crooked: Cameron

Frizzy: Roc

Hairy: Esau

Misshapen: Kennedy

Moustached: Algernon

Puffy cheeks: Gifford

Scarred: Hamill

Speckled: Brecken

Striped: Rajiv

Unique meanings: Food and drink

Blueberry: Mora

Chickpea: Cicero

Cinnamon: Cassia

Crumb: Miette

Eggs: Bezai

Fig: Idra

Garlic: Craven

Honeycomb: Jarah

Leek: Layton

Lettuce: Rapunzel

Milk: Galador

Noodle: Fideo

Oyster: Auster

Pancake: Galette

Pomegranate: Rimona

Quince: Dunja

Raspberry: Malina

Scallop: Vieira

Walnut: Noyce

Wine: Palin

Unique meanings: Nature

Bamboo: Takeo

Beaver: Castor

Camel: Gilead

Cow: Boyne

Jungle: Fana

Kingfisher: Halcyon

Panther: Numair

Peacock: Poe

Pelican: Shada

Rabbit: Arley

Sandalwood: Rohan

Sheep: Alioth

Snake: Osman

Stork: Koko

Sturgeon: Nahma

Swamp: Tupelo

Thistle: Azami

Thornbush: Arantxa

Tortoise: Kobe

Twig: Berquist

Unique meanings: Occupations

Actor: Vedette

Accountant: Tupac

Caretaker of the mill: Millard

Chambermaid: Odalis

Charioteer: Carbry

Doorkeeper: Porter

Enameler: Mailer

Engineer: Jenner

Forecaster: Neviah

Interpreter: Idrissa

Miner: Collier

Pirate: Halloran

Raider: Sloane

Surgeon: Bader

Vikings: Lochlainn

Name meanings: Descriptive words

Adventurous: Kymani

Bashful: Bilhah

Chubby: Kessie

Dauntless: Shea

Eminent: Howell

Fashionable: Vogue

Haughty: Dempsey

Impulsive: Caprice

Nonconformist: Maverick

Overhanging: Pendleton

Pointy: Montague

Resourceful: Motoko

Sensible: Sophrona

Tiny: Panya

Understanding: Bina

Venerable: Molloy

Unique meanings: Actions

Abstains: Fatima

Befriend: Faunia

Childbirth: Nixi

Dancing: Terpsichore

Evaporate: Ido

Fishing: Devere

Grieved: Malala

Hitting: Tycho

Jumping: Pakuna

Kiss: Philemon

Leaping: Tallulah

Plowed: Nira

Quivering: Waverly

Roaring: Leib

Smile: Susmita

Whistling: Ligeia

Yearning: Ozlem

Unique meanings: The dark side

Bane: Ares

Cauldron: Torquil

Darkness: Duald

Exiled: Fogarty

Gloomy: Ephai

Lament: Elegy

Mournful: Penthesilea

Onslaught: Snorri

Pain: Jabez

Quarreling: Meribah

Regret: Rue

Slayer: Gorgophone

Tears: Masozi

Wrathful: Odysseus

Unique name meanings: the best of the rest

Awe: Tafari

Bristle: Burr

Canoe: Missouri

Dairy: Chadwick

Evolution: Evrim

Fragrance: Mika

Gleaming: Koren

Hurricane: Corentin

Intoxicates: Maeve

Kite: Keats

Lighthouse: Faro

Mutterer: Balbo

Nobody: Nemo

Opportunity: Calah

Pondering: Nicomedes

Revolution: Devrim

Sweet smelling tree: Chan

Togetherness: Heber

Wagonmaker: Wainright

Yokel: Petronilla

About the Author

Clare Green

Clare has been writing for Nameberry since 2015, covering everything from the next high-rising names to how to choose a multilingual name, and keeping up-to-date with international baby name rankings. She has a background in linguistics and librarianship, and lives in England with her husband and toddler. You can follow everything she reads about names on Twitter or Scoop.it, or reach her at clare@nameberry.com