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 name 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

Bechette: spade

Binnie: basket

Bogart: bowl

Booth: shed

Cody: pillow

Hestia: fireside

Jara: jug

Jumelle: binoculars

Keller: cellar

Kyoko: mirror

Matita: pencil

Mesa: table

Minahil: door

Obelia: needle

Taci: washtub

Tasso: cup

Zaniah: corner

Unique name meanings: Body parts

Ascella: armpit

Bronwen: breast

Dandelion: tooth

Delphia: womb

Olwen: footprint

Osiris: eyesight

Perna: leg

Sharpay: skin

Taliesin: brow

Unique meanings: Appearance

Algernon: moustached

Belcher: pretty face

Blaine: angular

Brady: broad-chested

Brecken: speckled

Cameron: crooked nose

Gifford: puffy cheeks

Esau: hairy

Hamill: scarred

Jaeda: long-necked

Kennedy: misshapen head

Loman: small bare one

Rajiv: striped

Roc: frizzy

Unique meanings: Food and drink

Auster: oyster

Bezai: eggs

Cassia: cinnamon

Cicero: chickpea

Craven: garlic

Dunja: quince

Fideo: noodle

Galador: milk

Galette: pancake

Idra: fig

Jarah: honeycomb

Layton: leek

Malina: raspberry

Miette: crumb

Mora: blackberry

Noyce: walnut

Palin: wine

Rapunzel: lettuce

Rimona: pomegranate

Vieira: scallop

Unique meanings: Nature

Alioth: sheep

Arantxa: thornbush

Arley: rabbit

Azami: thistle

Berquist: twig

Boyne: cow

Castor: beaver

Fana: jungle

Gilead: camel

Halcyon: kingfisher

Kobe: tortoise

Koko: stork

Nahma: sturgeon

Numair: panther

Osman: snake

Poe: peacock

Rohan: sandalwood

Shada: pelican

Takeo: bamboo

Tupelo: swamp

Unique meanings: Occupations

Bader: surgeon

Carbry: charioteer

Collier: miner

Halloran: pirate

Idrissa: interpreter

Jenner: engineer

Kellogg: pork butcher

Lochlainn: Viking

Mailer: enameler

Millard: caretaker of the mill

Neviah: forecaster

Odalis: chambermaid

Porter: doorkeeper

Sloane: raider

Tupac: accountant

Vedette: actor

Wainright: wagonmaker

Name meanings: Descriptive words

Bilhah: bashful

Bina: understanding

Caprice: impulsive

Dempsey: haughty

Howell: eminent

Kessie: chubby

Kymani: adventurous

Maverick: nonconformist

Molloy: venerable

Montague: pointy

Motoko: resourceful

Panya: tiny

Pendleton: overhanging

Shea: dauntless

Sophrona: sensible

Vogue: fashionable

Unique meanings: Actions

Devere: fishing

Fatima: abstains

Faunia: befriend

Ido: evaporate

Leib: roaring

Ligeia: whistling

Malala: grieved

Nira: plowed

Nixi: childbirth

Ozlem: yearning

Pakuna: jumping

Philemon: kiss

Susmita: smile

Tallulah: leaping

Terpsichore: dancing

Tycho: hitting

Waverly: quivering

Unique meanings: The dark side

Akuma: demon

Ares: bane

Duald: darkness

Elegy: lament

Ephai: gloomy

Fogarty: exiled

Gorgophone: slayer

Jabez: pain

Masozi: tears

Meribah: quarreling

Odysseus: wrathful

Penthesilea: mournful

Rue: regret

Snorri: onslaught

Torquil: cauldron

Unique name meanings: the best of the rest

Azha: the breeding place

Balbo: mutterer

Burr: bristle

Calah: opportunity

Chadwick: dairy

Chan: sweet smelling tree

Corentin: hurricane

Devrim: revolution

Evrim: evolution

Faro: lighthouse

Heber: togetherness

Keats: kite

Koren: gleaming

Maeve: intoxicates

Mika: fragrance

Missouri: canoe

Nemo: nobody

Nicomedes: pondering

Petronilla: yokel

Tafari: awe

About the Author

Clare Green

Clare Green has been writing for Nameberry since 2015, covering everything from names peaking right now to feminist baby names, and keeping up-to-date with international baby name rankings. Her work has featured in publications such as The Independent and HuffPost. Clare has a background in linguistics and librarianship, and recently completed an MA dissertation researching names in multilingual families. She lives in England with her husband and son. You can reach her at