by Sophie Kihm
The Sun is in Capricorn from December 22nd–January 19th, making Capricorn the first zodiac sign of the winter. The season itself offers name inspiration for baby Capricorns, but the sign also has many properties that lend themselves to potential baby names.
Capricorn is one of three earth signs and is ruled by Saturn. Silver, Garnets, Snowdrops, and the color brown all represent Capricorn, although its primary symbol is the goat. Names connected to these qualities would be perfect for a Capricorn baby, as would names related to famous Capricorns of the past and present.
Consider the following names if your baby will be born under the tenth sign of the zodiac.
Arianell — Capricorn’s associated metal is silver, so names with a shiny metallic tone are fitting for babies born under the sign. Arianell is a beautiful Welsh name meaning “silver”—Eirian, Naja, and Argento have silvery significance as well. Zahara, Erlantz, and Jair are all related to shininess and make good names for a Capricorn babe.
Dhara — Along with Taurus and Virgo, Capricorn is one of the zodiac’s three earth signs. There are plenty of earthy options suitable for Capricorn babies, particularly those like Avani, Dhara, Adam, Damek, and Mies. Other names related to the Earth include nature names such as River, Willow, and Grove, elemental names like Cobalt, Neon, and Zinc, or place names including Africa, Florence, and Ireland.
Dixie — Capricorn is the tenth sign of the zodiac, making ten a lucky number for Capricorns. Dixie, Decima, and Decimus all mean “tenth.” Dixie is the most common of the three, although it remains in higher use for dogs than for human babies. Nameberry has it poised to be #913 on the popularity charts ten years from now, in 2028. Lily Aldridge and Caleb Followill were ahead of the curve and named their daughter Dixie Pearl in 2012.
Eirlys — Snowdrops are the flower of Capricorns, along with Nightshade and Rue. Snowdrop is a lovely choice for the adventurous namer, but for something subtler, you might consider Eirlys. Snowdrops symbolize purity and hope, which widens the pool of available options. Agnes, Kit, Kyomi, Nakia, Tahira, Vesta, and Wynn are all linked to purity. Amal, Asha, Esperanza, Nadia, Toivo, and Von each have connections to hope.
Garnet — Garnet, Turquoise, and Ruby are the gemstones that represent Capricorn. Ruby is quite popular, and Turquoise is seldom used, but Garnet feels like a great in-between option. It’s one of the few gemstone names suitable for boys and girls. Garnet means “pomegranate,” which is linked to fertility in many cultures around the world. Other names related to fertility are Ephraim, Tilden, and Yale.
Giles — Capricorn is symbolized by the goat, which connects to more baby names than you might think. Names with goat-related meanings include those like Aegis, Jael, Terach, and Giles for boys, and Capella, Aja, and Nyala for girls. Goats are often used to symbolize intelligence and independence, which suggests names such as Maverick, Akira, and Zeki. A hircine baby name would be quite fitting for a baby Capricorn.
January — Most Capricorn babies are born in January, which is a great name in and of itself. January feels fresh and contemporary compared to the more frequently used April, May, June, and August. December is the other month that falls under Capricorn, which works as a name as well. More broadly, winter names like Cherith, Holiday, Frost, or Neve are possibilities for a baby born in Capricorn.
Legend — Many notable namesakes were born under the sign of Capricorn. Historical figures like Muhammad Ali, Isaac Newton and Martin Luther King Jr. were all Capricorns. Musicians David Bowie and Elvis Presley were also born during Capricorn season. Contemporary namesake inspirations could include Capricorn celebrities like John Legend, Denzel Washington, and Diane Keaton.
Russet — Brown is the color of Capricorns, and while it doesn’t have as many name-worthy shades as some of the other colors, there are still some brown hues that make apt names for a Capricorn baby. Russet and Umber are two that immediately come to mind. Auburn, Sienna, and Tawny are also shades of brown that work as baby names. Names with more subtle connections to the color include Aruna, Baize, Bronson, Bruno, Donnan, Kiona, Lebron, and Morena.
Titan — Capricorn’s ruling planet is Saturn. While Saturn is most known for its rings, it has many moons and orbiting objects that are also worth attention. Many have names suitable for a Capricorn baby. Some of the most wearable options are Atlas, Calypso, Dione, Helene, Janus, Pandora, Phoebe, Rhea, and Titan. Titan is especially intriguing, as the moon has many Earth-like properties, and scientists are investigating whether it could sustain human life.