Should Your Baby’s Name Be A Number?

Numeric baby names from Una to Eleven

Looking for truly original inspiration for your child’s name? Forget the alphabet – start counting on numbers!

Traditionally, numeric baby names might indicate your birth order – think of brothers Primo and Secondo from 1990s movie Big Night. They also developed as nicknames for boys bearing family names, like Star Trek: Enterprise’s Trip Tucker – born Charles Tucker III.

But numeric baby names work for many reasons. They might commemorate a significant date, like your anniversary; symbolize good fortune or have spiritual meaning; or even remember a favorite athlete’s jersey number.

Here are some of the best number names, from the familiar to the unexpected. By Abby Sandel


Una comes from the Latin word meaning one. It also sounds like the Irish Oona, and fits right in with stylish mini names like Ava. Other names inspired by the number one include Hana, from the Korean word for the number, and Primrose, which means first rose. Naming a son? Primo is an Italian name meaning first, though it can also indicate excellence.

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14 Responses to “Should Your Baby’s Name Be A Number?”

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lesliemarion Says:

September 8th, 2016 at 11:11 pm

I’d have no hesitation in using Twain, Tressa, Octavia, and Nina as first names; they are great!

Actual number names? Nah, I’m a word person, not numbers (and somehow though 7 is my favorite number, it sounds scary as a name).

svea Says:

September 9th, 2016 at 12:07 am

Elva is the Swedish equivalent of Eleven, could perhaps work as a name?

germanstar Says:

September 9th, 2016 at 12:54 am

In Greek penta- has derived from πέντε (pente), which means five (see pentathlon, Pentecost, pentagon etc.). Four in Greek is τέσσερα (tessera)

Readingclaygirl Says:

September 9th, 2016 at 9:24 am

I like Ivy and Nina as names and possibly Octavia but some of them (seven, eleven) aren’t real names and just sound awkward.

LoveBugsMama Says:

September 9th, 2016 at 12:01 pm

Octavia is one of my favorites! I like many of the suggestions as a middle name.

clairels Says:

September 9th, 2016 at 2:20 pm

@Germanstar beat me to it. Penn (penta-) would mean five, whereas Tetra would mean four.

Abby Sandel Says:

September 9th, 2016 at 5:23 pm

Thanks @clarels and @Germanstar – Penn has moved to the entry for five!

Abby Sandel Says:

September 9th, 2016 at 5:24 pm

Love, Svea – great addition to the list!

NatanyaLavigne Says:

September 9th, 2016 at 11:47 pm

I don’t understand why the comments always have to be on a different page. Sometimes I would like to refer to the article…

No, don’t use number names in your own language for your child’s name. I think that some are cute but only on tv or on celebrity babies.

TiffanyS Says:

September 10th, 2016 at 12:29 pm

Good article, Abby. I like that you came up with some unusual ideas, beyond the usual Secundus, Septimus, Octavius, etc.
I just had to say something about the interminable ads, though. There were one or two ads for every slide, certainly more than necessary, and enough to make me reconsider whether I really wanted to continue reading.
Also, I agree with @NatanyaLavigne: it would be nice to be able to refer to the article when making comments.

Eizariya Says:

September 10th, 2016 at 4:40 pm

I hate to derail the comments, but I’m not sure where else to provide feedback. I totally agree with @tiffanys — there are so many ads popping up that it took me three attempts just to log in, because they were interrupting my typing. I totally support the site’s need to make money, but there’s got to be a limit.

Care Says:

September 11th, 2016 at 10:29 pm

REMEMBER ME button doesn’t work. I have to sign in every day. Today was the worst!! I accidentally hit a pop up which took me to another site. I had to go back to the email just to get back here, then fight the pop up about your newsletter which I do get and enjoy!

So now I’m here I’ll just say I had a great aunt named Sexta and she WAS the 6th child of 12. As a child, I thought it was odd to only number ONE child! LOL But in the 1800s it was common to wait a year before naming a baby (to see if it lived) and Sexta followed a run of non surviving (& not named) siblings. In that light, I guess I can sympathize.

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October 25th, 2016 at 10:46 pm

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