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The 27+ Best Beachy Baby Names

July 11, 2019 Linda Rosenkrantz
beach names

by Linda Rosenkrantz

If you’re looking for a sunny, beachy name for your summer baby, you can definitely move beyond Ocean and Sunny and Soleil.  There are so many paths to follow, from names of beautiful beaches to international versions of beach-related words to famous surfer dude names.

Here are our choices of the 27+ best summer baby names inspired by the beach.

AUGUSTINE St. Augustine, Florida boasts 42 miles of pristine beaches, with names like Anastasia and Vedra. Augustine now ranks at #761 for boys.

AZUL—The ocean blue color in Spanish. It is sometimes used for girls. Azure is another possibility for boys and girls.

CONCHAThe Spanish word for shell is often used as a nickname for Conceptiòn, Concetta or Conchita.

COVEA subtle beachy word sometimes used as a boy name. There’s a band lead singer named Cove Saosin.

CYRUSA Persian name meaning ‘sun’, that of the founder of the Persian Empire, is popular in the Iranian community and catching rlsewhere—it’s #389 in the US, and was used by Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy for their little boy.

DUKE–What’s hot name Duke’s connection to the beach? Legendary Hawaiian surfer Duke Kahanamoku was the swimmer who popularized the ancient sport of surfing. The name now stands at #531—and is climbing.

DUNAThe Spanish word for (sand) dune makes a pretty yet strong girl name.

DUNEOr you could consider the evocative English version which also has sci-fi connections. Another spelling is Doon.

ELEODORO. This appealing Old Greek boy name means ‘he who comes from the sun’.

ELIDIA summery name to add to the long El-list is this Greek appellation meaning ‘gift of the sun’.

ELIOThe Italian and Spanish version of Greek sun god Helios makes a wonderfully spirited choice; it was familiarized to many via the Timothée Chalamet character in Call Me by Your Name.

FLETCHERChristian Fletcher is a big name in surfing circles—he’s considered the pioneer of aerial surfing. Fletcher is #609 on the SSA list. Some other surfer possibilities: Adriano, Laird, Taj and Slater.

GUINIVEREThe lovely, storied Welsh name of the queen of Camelot means ‘white wave’.

ISHAANThe meaning of this Hindi name is ‘the sun’. It’s been on the US list since 2008, now at 815 in the US. I like the double-a’s.

KALINDAA lovely, rhythmic Hindi name also meaning ‘sun’. Americans would probably associate it with the character Kalinda Sharma on The Good Wife.

LIDOLido literally means beach resort or swimming pool in Italian and more specifically the sand island across from Venice. Automobile executive Lee Iacocca was born Lido

LUCIAThe Caribbean island of St. Lucia has several golden-sanded, palm-fringed beaches, including romantic Marigot Bay beach. With both religious and operatic ties, dainty Lucia is now at #183–it was the top name in Spain in 2017.

MORWENNAThis striking ancient Cornish name, currently revived in Wales, has more than one meaning, but we’ll go with ‘waves of the sea’. You may have heard it on Doc Martin or Poldark.

MYRTLEMyrtle Beach is a coastal city in South Carolina with a large stretch of beaches called The Grand Strand. Myrtle is an old-lady name on the cusp of a fashion makeover. It was a Top 40 name at the turn of the last century, has floral associations and literary references inclluding The Great Gatsby and Harry Potter.

NAVARRENavarre Beach is a serene spot in Northwest Florida. The name is of Basque origin, and has a sultry charm.

NILEYAn unusual alternative to Miley, Niley is of Aboriginal origin, meaning ‘shell’.

PLAYA—If you want a really beachy name, you can’t get any closer than the Spanish word for beach.

RAVIA name with exotic charm and strength, Ravi is a title of the Hindu sun god, his name made internationally known by sitar player Ravi Shankar.

SABBIAIt means sand in Italian and is also a place name in the Piedmont district.

SANDRINE and SANDROa French and an Italian name made this beach list by virtue of their sandy syllable.

SANIBEL –This Florida island is known for being an outstanding shelling beach. Could Sanibel join Annabel and Isabel?

ZUMA—When Gwen Stepfani and Gavin Rossdale chose this name of a beautiful Malibu beach for their son, they put it on the baby name landscape. Since then a number of parents have followed their lead, though it hasn’t yet landed on the pop list.

What’s your favorite beachy name?

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Linda Rosenkrantz is a co-founder of Nameberry, and co-author with Pamela Redmond Satran of the ten baby naming books that are widely acknowledged to have revolutionized American baby naming. In addition to contributing stories on such topics as  trends and celebrity naming, she guides the editorial content and manages the Nameberry Twitter and Facebook accounts. You can follow her on social media at Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. She is also the author of the acclaimed New York Review Books Classics novel Talk and several other books.


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