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100 Best Sci-Fi Names for Children

100 Best Sci-Fi Names for Children

Sci-fi baby names are about much more than wacky inventions and unpronounceable alien words. In fact, some of the most memorable science fiction characters have very ordinary, classic names. Think Luke Skywalker, James T. Kirk, Sarah Connor, Amy Pond.

Other sci-fi names are more unconventional, whether they’re long-neglected gems, newly-minted names, or come from sources like classical mythology and international languages. Many parents also love these styles, so it’s no surprise that sci-fi characters have influenced baby names.

One example is Trinity. In the 1990s this name began to creep up in popularity, but after The Matrix came out in 1999, Trinity shot up from 400 girls to 4000 girls in two years, a forerunner of the trend for modern Christian names. It was a similar story for Logan when the first X-Men film was released: Hugh Jackman’s character boosted a name that was already rising.

For the right name, parents are willing to take a gamble on brand new names, even before they know if the character will turn out to be good and bad. That’s what happened with Star Wars villain name Kylo, which rose from virtually nothing, to being given to over 200 boys the year after The Force Awakens was released.

If you’re looking for a name that nods to sci-fi, this list is for you. We’ve chosen a wide variety of names and styles from some of the most popular shows, films and books. They range from subtle sci-fi references to ones that scream out “my parents are Trekkies”, and would all fit into today’s naming landscape.

Our Top 100 Sci-Fi baby names

AerynFarscape

AliaDune

AmeliaDoctor Who

AnakinStar Wars

ApolloBattlestar Galactica

ArcherStar Trek

AriadneInception

ArthurThe Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

AstridFringe

AtreyuThe Neverending Story

AyalaStar Trek

BastianThe Neverending Story

BenStar Wars

BernardWestworld

BodhiStar Wars

BoomerBattlestar Galactica

Bowman2001: A Space Odyssey

CassianStar Wars

CastorOrphan Black

ClaraDoctor Who

CosimaOrphan Black

DamayaThe Fifth Season

DeckardBlade Runner

DelphineOrphan Black

DuncanDune

EamesInception

ElevenStranger Things

ElliottE.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

EmmettBack to the Future

EnderEnder’s Game

EvieOrphan Black

FelixOrphan Black

FinnStar Wars

FisherStar Wars

FoxThe X-Files

FreyaStargate

GaiusBattlestar Galactica

GeordiStar Trek

GordonFlash Gordon

HelenaOrphan Black

HermesFuturama

IantoTorchwood

IraOrphan Black

Isaac — Isaac Asimov, author

JackDoctor Who

JanekPrometheus

JaylahStar Trek

Jean-LucStar Trek

JetsonThe Jetsons

JonasStargate

Joss — writer Joss Whedon

KayleeFirefly

KhanStar Trek

KiraStar Trek, Orphan Black

KirkStar Trek

KorbenThe Fifth Element

KyloStar Wars

LandoStar Wars

LeelaDoctor Who, Futurama

LeiaStar Wars

LelandStar Trek

LoganX-Men

LukeStar Wars

MaceStar Wars

MalcolmFirefly

MaxineStranger Things

MikaOrphan Black

MontyFirefly

MorpheusThe Matrix

Nalo — author Nalo Hopkinson

NeoThe Matrix

NovaGuardians of the Galaxy

NyotaStar Trek

Octavia — author Octavia Estelle Butler

PoeStar Wars

QuillGuardians of the Galaxy, X-Men

ReyStar Wars

Ridley — director Ridley Scott

RipleyAlien

RiverFirefly, Doctor Who

RoryDoctor Who

RoseDoctor Who

RudyOrphan Black

ShepherdFirefly

SoloStar Wars

StarkFarscape, Iron Man

TanithStargate; author Tanith Lee

Terra — common sci-fi name for planet Earth

TiberiusStar Trek

TrinityThe Matrix

Ursula — author Ursula K. Le Guin

ValaStargate

VinaStar Trek

WadeX-Men

WinryFullmetal Alchemist

XavierX-Men

XenaXena: Warrior Princess

YusufInception

ZhoraBlade Runner

ZoeFirefly, Caprica, Doctor Who

Find even more inspiration on our list of Sci-Fi Baby Names.

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