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.
CYRUS—A 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.
DUNA—The Spanish word for (sand) dune makes a pretty yet strong girl name.
ELEODORO. This appealing Old Greek boy name means ‘he who comes from the sun’.
FLETCHER—Christian 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.
GUINIVERE –The lovely, storied Welsh name of the queen of Camelot means ‘white wave’.
ISHAAN—The 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.
LUCIA—The 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.
MYRTLE—Myrtle 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.
PLAYA—If you want a really beachy name, you can’t get any closer than the Spanish word for beach.
SABBIA—It means sand in Italian and is also a place name in the Piedmont district.
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?
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.