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Astrology Names: The Ultimate Guide

Astrology Names: The Ultimate Guide

Astrology names are inspired by the stars and planets, the four elements, and the symbols and characteristics connected to the zodiac signs.

Coinciding with the recent cultural obsession with astrology, we’ve observed a rise in names relating to the zodiac and all things celestial.

Millennials have taken astrology and rebranded it to fit the 21st century, turning it into a phenomenon. Astrology has permeated the zeitgeist, affecting how young people think about their relationships, careers… and now, astrological baby names.

Your own astrological sign might also influence how you name your baby. Check out our new Zodiac Names feature for a guide to each sign's naming style, favorite names, and guidance on navigating the name search with a partner.

Whether you believe the future is in the stars or it’s a fun curiosity, we predict you’ll find some names you love here.

Zodiac Sign Names

A handful of the zodiac signs have also been adapted as baby names. Leo is the most common of the zodiac names, in the US and internationally, but Leo’s use as such is likely an exception rather than the rule.

Aries, Gemini, Taurus, and Aquarius are also used, though infrequently. Aries has seen the most growth in recent years and now ranks in the US Top 1000. As mythological names continue to allure parents, Aries is a name to watch.

Names from each zodiac sign can be a great starting point for finding a name. Here’s our guide to baby names for all twelve signs — follow the links for a deeper dive and more inspiration.

Aries names are as fiery, bold, and energetic as the people born under the sign of the ram. They include names meaning courage and strength, fire and red, and symbols associated with Spring. Popular Aries names include Jasper, Phoenix, and Ruby.

Taurus names are grounded and strong, much like people born under the sign of the bull. Names connected to the earth, the color green, roses and violets, and bovine strength, are all fitting options for Taurean babies. The most popular zodiac names with a Taurus link include Esme, Freya, and Oliver.

Gemini names are eclectic and varied, as are Geminis themselves! Names relating to the element of air, the color yellow, and the symbol of twins, are all on the list for Gemini babies. The top astrological names for Gemini include Iris, Hugo, and Sebastian.

Cancer baby names are warm and lovable, much like people born under the sign of the crab. This makes names meaning love and kindness great options, along with other Cancer symbols like water and the moon, and the season of summer. Among popular astrology names linked to the Cancer star sign are Luna, Kai, and Cora.

Leo names are fierce and fiery! They relate to fire and the color yellow, summer and the sun, and of course the lion. The top astrology names with a Leo connection feature Aurelia, August, and Everett.

Virgo names are truly eclectic. They can have serious, sober meanings, to suit practical, reliable Virgos. Names relating to the earth, purity and wisdom are also great Virgo baby names. The most popular Virgo names include Ezra, Ophelia, and Maisie.

Libra names are well-balanced, like people born under the sign of the scales. Often classic and well-liked, they include names relating to equality and justice, the element of air, and symbols such as roses, daisies, jade, the color green, and the planet Venus. Popular Libra baby names include Eleanor, Violet, and Wren.

Scorpio names are strong and magnetic, as are Scorpios themselves. Names meaning loyalty are a great fit, as are ones connected to the symbols of water, chrysanthemums and azaleas, opal and topaz, snakes and eagles. Among the top Scorpio baby names are Scarlett, Hazel, and Benjamin.

Sagittarius names are free-spirited and adventurous, with an abundance of rare and unusual names. They relate to archery, fire, and symbols like hydrangeas and peonies, sapphire and citrine. Popular astrological names for a Sagittarius baby include Felix, Cyrus, and Sage.

Capricorn names relate to the many facets of the sign of the goat. Capricorn is an earth sign, so any of the names that mean earth are sure to fit a Capricorn personality. So are names meaning hardworking and trustworthy, and relating to the colors purple and brown, the lotus plant, and onyx and amber. Top Capricorn baby names feature Amelia, Phoebe, and Max.

Aquarius names reflect the sign’s connections to air and water. They also have meanings related to intelligence and nonconformity, and to the star sign's symbols, including the amethyst and garnet gemstones, orchids and gladiolas, and the color blue. Some of the most popular zodiac names fit for an Aquarian baby are River, Evelyn, and Cordelia.

Pisces names take their main inspiration from the water. Pisceans are known for their creative, gentle, and loving natures, so any names related to those qualities would also work well, as would names inspired by the purple and blue hues of amethyst and aquamarine. The top baby names for Pisceans include Finn, Lily, and Harlow.

Element Names

Each of the signs is represented by one of the four elements of the zodiac — fire, earth, air, and water. The elements are linked with particular traits — water signs wear their hearts on their sleeves, while earth signs are, well, down-to-earth.

Four elements names that clearly announce their affiliation with fire, earth, air, or water are some of the most fashionable names of today.

Fire Names

Fire sign names convey the passion, intensity, and enthusiasm associated with Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. Names that mean fire have been making strides in popularity, most notably Ember.

Glowing Ember no doubt owes much of its success to its similarities to fashionable names such as Emma, Emilia, and Emery. But the connection to fire gives Ember a feisty edge, perfectly embodying the fire sign spirit. We could easily see Ember making its way into the Top 100 popular names within the next few years.

Ash and Phoenix, related to the mythological bird who rose from flames, are two more fire sign names to watch. Ash has more than doubled in use for boys over the past five years and is an easy nickname for popular biblical pick Asher. Phoenix is a hot unisex choice, rising in use among girls and boys.

Earth Names

Noted for their practicality, dependability, and sense of caution, Earth signs — Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn — are the mellowest, most predictable signs of the zodiac. Fitting then, that so too are their names. Of all the elements, names that mean Earth are the least likely to be affected but sudden shifts in popularity. In a word, these names are steady.

Aaron and Adam, both of which have been in the US Top 100 for over fifty years, are two classic Earth sign names. Axton is a nouveau earthy choice making its way up the charts.

For girls, gemstone names are stylish again. During the last astrology craze, the so-called Age of Aquarius of the 1970s, gem names such as Amber and Crystal were rapidly increasing in popularity. Today those dated choices have been abandoned for newer, shinier options such as Jade, Ruby, Emerald, and the quite literal Gemma. Parents have picked up on the trend for boys as well, with choices like Jasper, Jet, and Onyx all seeing more use.

Air Names

The air signs — Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius — are thinkers. They’re intellectuals with strong communication skills and big ideas. This loftiness is captured by many of the names that mean air that have been soaring in popularity.

Aria, which means “air” in Italian, is the biggest hit for girls, breaking into the US Top 20 in 2017. It’s still on an upward trajectory, but don’t worry — it’s not on track to be a Top 10 name. Celeste, meaning “heavenly,” has seen modest gains over the past five years, as has the windier Tempest.

Zephyr is the air sign name we’ve got our eyes on. Ten years ago, it was an obscurity given to only a handful of boys. It’s still rare, but more babies — boys and girls — are being called Zephyr than ever before. It made our list of the Top Unisex Names of 2020.

Water Names

Names that mean water are making waves among hip parents, as choices including River and Brooks have gone mainstream. They make excellent names for children born under Cancer, Scorpio, or Pisces. Water signs are the emotional, sensitive signs of the zodiac, known for their empathy and nurturance.

Harbor, which embodies both water and a nurturing essence, is a rising unisex water name, as are Lake and Ocean. Storm and Stormi, which capture the emotional intensity of water signs, are also seeing more use, although the success of the latter has much to do with Kylie Jenner’s daughter.

Caspian is perhaps the most noteworthy of the recent crop of water names. It rose over 200% in the past five years, breaking into the Top 1000 in 2017. It has a soft, delicate quality, akin to the nature of those born under a water sign.

Planet Names

Each sign of the zodiac is governed by a planet, and each planet is inhabited by a sign in one’s birth chart. The conjunction of sign and planet reveals more about one’s life and personality. Venus, for example, is the sign of love and romance. Having Venus in Cancer would suggest that one is nurturing and maternal with loved ones.

With the exception of Venus, which had a brief appearance on the charts in the midcentury, planet names have barely been used as baby names. We may be at the helm of a new trend though, as there have been small but significant increases in planetary baby names in the past five years.

Mercury and Saturn recently entered the baby name pool, but both are still incredibly rare. Mercury was given to equal numbers of girls and boys in 2018, while Saturn — named after the Roman god — was interestingly only given to baby girls.

Jupiter and Mars are the real superstars though, with Mars rising in use by over 300%, and Jupiter by over 1000% from 2013-2018. In astrology, Mars is the planet of aggression and action. It represents the masculine energy in one’s natal chart. It is fitting then, that although a unisex name, Mars is primarily given to baby boys.

Jupiter, on the other hand, has flipped in recent years from being a solely masculine name to being two-thirds feminine. This likely is influenced by the rise of the similar-sounding Juniper.

Sun Names and Moon Names

The Sun and Moon are considered planets in the language of astrology, ruling over Leo and Cancer, respectively. Names that mean sun for boys are on the ascent, including handsome names such as Cyrus, Elio, and Samson. Apollo, the Greek Sun god, is an especially fashionable name that coincides with the recent trend of mythological names.

Lunar Luna, the Roman goddess of the moon, has never been more popular at #23 in the US, and is by far the most-used of all the names that mean moon. Literal choice Moon has become a given name as well, although we suspect it sees more use as a middle name.

Top 50 Astrology Names

The Top most popular 50 astrology names among Nameberry visitors are:

About the Author

Sophie Kihm

Sophie Kihm has been writing for Nameberry since 2015. She has contributed stories on the top baby name trends of 2021, baby name synesthesia, and the top names in each state. Sophie is Nameberry’s resident Name Guru to the Stars, where she suggests names for celebrity babies. She also manages the Nameberry Instagram and Pinterest. You can follow her personally on Instagram or Pinterest, or contact her at sophie@nameberry.com. Sophie lives in Chicago.