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Names That Mean Happy

Happiness is a wonderful meaning for a baby's name, suggesting an upbeat personality and a positive future. Names that mean happy, happiness, joy, bliss or some other upbeat feeling include ancient mythological names along with modern word names. Names with happiness-related meanings come from a range of cultures and origins. Here are some names for a happy baby.

  • Abigail

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Abigail is an Old Testament name—she was the wife of David, renowned for her beauty, wisdom, and prophetic powers—that became a term for a maid in the early nineteenth century, which led to a fall... Read More 

  • Aida

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Aida is a melodic name largely associated with the title character of the 1871 Verdi opera, an enslaved Ethiopian princess who dies to save her people. In the past, her name was rarely heard... Read More 

  • Alaia

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Alaia, a fast riser in the US, sounds just like several other popular stylish names, many of them with different origins and meanings. There's Arabic Aaliyah, like the late singer, and the Hebrew... Read More 

  • Alair

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Alair is a lighter, more unusual form of Hilary. Read More 

  • Alan

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    In its three most popular spellings -- Alan along with Allen and Allan -- this midcentury favorite has tended to skew older. It was a Top 100 name from 1938 to 1971, peaking at Number 40 in 1951.... Read More 

  • Alanis

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Singer Alanis Morissette made this twist famous. She was named for her father Alan, who is said to have spotted this version in a Greek newspaper. So far it has been pretty much a one-person... Read More 

  • Alanna

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    The extra n makes it feel less like an feminization of Alan and more like a name unto itself.Read More 

  • Alisa

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Alisa is less popular than more complicated forms of Alice like Alyssa or Alicia, perhaps because of its association with the once-overused Lisa. Read More 

  • Allegra

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    In music, the term allegro means "quickly, lively tempo," which makes this still-unusual and quintessential ballet dancer's name all the more appealing. Allegra is one of the most distinctive yet... Read More 

  • Ananda

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Genuine Indian name some parents turn to as an Amanda alternative; also connected to a network of spiritual communities. Read More 

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