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Mermaid Names

Mermaid Names
There’s more to mermaid baby names than Ariel, the Disney Princess inspired name that has been a common choice for decades. Another popular girl name, Madison, also has a mermaid to thank for its acclaim. The name became used for girls after the release of the movie Spalsh, in which Daryl Hannah’s mermaid character chooses the name Madison for herself after the Madison Avenue street sign.

Along with Ariel and Madison, other mermaid baby names in the US Top 1000 include Alana, June, Lily, Lorelei, Marina, Melody, Miranda, and Sabrina. Also included on this list are names that mean mermaid, such as Naida, Nixie, Morvoren, and Nerissa.

Mermaid baby names of myth and popular culture are a lovely group and may prove inspiration for your little water baby. See our blog for more on mermaid baby names.

Mermaid Baby Names
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BeatriceHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "she who brings happiness; blessed"
  • Description:

    Beatrice is derived from Beatrix, a Latin name meaning "she who brings happiness." Beatrice was the name of Queen Victoria's youngest child. And in Dante's epic poem The Divine Comedy, Beatrice is his guide through Paradise and is idealized as the embodiment of the spirit of love. In Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, Beatrice is the witty, high-spirited heroine. Other variants of the name include the French Béatrice and the Spanish and Portuguese Beatriz.

LilyHeart

  • Origin:

    English flower name
  • Meaning:

    "lily"
  • Description:

    Lily came into use as a given name as a direct influence of the flower. The floral name was derived from the Latin lilium, itself derived from the Greek leirion. Lily later became an adjective to describe whiteness and purity.

LolaHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish, diminutive of Dolores
  • Meaning:

    "lady of sorrows"
  • Description:

    A hot starbaby name – chosen by Kelly Ripa, Chris Rock, Lisa Bonet, Denise Richards and Charlie Sheen, Carnie Wilson, and Annie Lennox, and used as the nickname of Madonna's Lourdes – Lola manages to feel fun and sassy without going over the top. Be warned, though: "Whatever Lola wants, Lola gets," to quote a song from the show Damn Yankees.

JuneHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin, month named for goddess Juno
  • Description:

    June, a sweetly old-fashioned month name derived from the goddess Juno, was long locked in a time capsule with June Allyson (born Ella) and June Cleaver, but is rising again especially as a middle name.

MadisonHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "son of Matthew"
  • Description:

    Madison originated as an English surname, a variant of Mathieson, meaning "son of Matthew." It is occasionally translated as "son of Maud," as Maddy was historically a nickname for Maud. It was introduced as a feminine given name in the 1984 movie Splash, in which the main character takes her name from New York’s Madison Avenue street sign.
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MollyHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Mary, Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "bitter"
  • Description:

    Molly originated as a diminutive of Mary, spawning from medieval variations Malle and Molle. Molly has been used as a stand-alone pet form of Mary since the Middle Ages, and has been consistently popular as an independent name in the U.S. over the past several decades.

AzaleaHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "azalea, a flower"
  • Description:

    Azalea is one of the fresher flower names, along with Zinnia and Lilac, that are new to the name bouquet — in fact, it entered the Social Security list for the first time in 2012. So if Lily and Rose are too tame for you, consider this brilliant pink springtime blossom with a touch of the unusual that has been growing in popularity.

SybilHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "prophetess"
  • Description:

    The image of the lovely Lady Sybil, tragic youngest daughter of the Crawley family on Downton Abbey is likely to go a long way towards reviving this almost forgotten name, off the list since 1966 and most popular in the 1920s and '30s. Sybil is currently Number 253 on Nameberry;

LoreleiHeart

  • Origin:

    German
  • Meaning:

    "alluring, temptress"
  • Description:

    Its double role as the mother and daughter -- and even grandmother -- on TV's The Gilmore Girls modernized, humanized, and popularized a name previously associated with the mythic seductive siren and the gold digger portrayed by Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

PearlHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin gem name
  • Meaning:

    "pearl"
  • Description:

    Pearl, like Ruby, has begun to be polished up for a new generation of fashionable children after a century of jewelry box storage. The birthstone for the month of June, Pearl could also make a fresher middle name alternative to the overused Rose. Cool couple Maya Rudolph and Paul Thomas Anderson named their daughter Pearl Minnie, followed by Jack Osbourne, and several celebs have put it in the middle spot, as in Busy Philipps's Cricket Pearl, Jake Owen's Olive Pearl and Caleb Followill's Dixie Pearl .
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AvalonHeart

  • Origin:

    Celtic
  • Meaning:

    "island of apples"
  • Description:

    Avalon, an island paradise of Celtic myth and Arthurian legend--it was where King Arthur was taken to recover from his wounds-- and also the colorful capital of the California island of Catalina-- makes a heavenly first name. Actress Rena Sofer and British musician Julian Cope used it for their daughters.

DianaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "divine"
  • Description:

    Diana, the tragic British princess, inspired many fashions, but strangely, not one for her name. For us, Diana is a gorgeous and still-underused choice.

CeliaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "heavenly"
  • Description:

    Celia, splendidly sleek and feminine, is a name that was scattered throughout Shakespeare and other Elizabethan literature, but still manages to feel totally modern.

ArielHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "lion of God"
  • Description:

    Ariel is a male Biblical name, seen there as the messenger of Ezra, and also used as a symbolic name for the city of Jerusalem, while Shakespeare used it for a (male) sprite in The Tempest.

MarinaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "from the sea"
  • Description:

    This pretty sea-born name was used to dramatic effect by Shakespeare in his play Pericles for the virtuous princess who says she is "Call'd Marina, for I was born at sea."
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MarinHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin, of the sea"
  • Description:

    Marin is a lovely county north of San Francisco, and a lovely baby name on the rise, one which sounds more refreshing than the more familiar Marina.

VenusHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin, Roman mythology name
  • Description:

    The name of a heavenly planet and the Roman goddess of beauty and love was an intimidating no-no until tennis champ Venus Williams put an athletic, modern spin on it.

SabrinaHeart

  • Origin:

    Celtic mythology name; Latin name for the River Severn
  • Description:

    Sabrina, the bewitchingly radiant name of a legendary Celtic goddess, is best known as the heroine of the eponymous film, originally played by Audrey Hepburn, and later as a teenage TV witch; it would make a distinctive alternative to the ultrapopular Samantha. Similar names you might also want to consider include Sabina and Serena.

AlanaHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish, feminine variation of Alan
  • Meaning:

    "handsome, cheerful"
  • Description:

    Alana, in all its various spellings, was at one time reserved for daughters of dads named Alan, but is now much more widespread. It came into prominence via model/actress/celeb spouse Alana Hamilton Stewart.

OonaHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish, variation of Una
  • Meaning:

    "lamb"
  • Description:

    Oona is a name made famous by Eugene O'Neill's daughter, who became Charlie Chaplin's wife. One of the original Oona's granddaughters was named after her, and is now an actress famous in her own right for playing Talisa of Volantis in HBO's "Game of Thrones." The double-o beginning gives their name a lot of oomph.
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IantheHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "purple flower"
  • Description:

    Like Violet, Lavender and Lilac, Ianthe is a purple flower name. Chosen by the poet Shelley for his daughter, Ianthe has a poetic, romantic, almost ethereal quality. In the ancient myth, she was the daughter of Oceanus, supreme ruler of the sea, and also a Cretan woman so beautiful that when she died the Gods made purple flowers grow around her grave.

MelodyHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "song"
  • Description:

    A melodious choice big in the sixties, Melody is now starting to pick up tempo again. It cracked the Top 150 for the first time ever in 2015.

WaverlyHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "meadow of quivering aspens"
  • Description:

    Waverly, with its literary resonance and lilting three-syllable sound, could well become the next generation's successor to Kimberly. Its upper-crusty surname feel places it among the new stylish English names for girls, successors to Ashley and Whitney.

MirandaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "marvelous"
  • Description:

    Miranda, a shimmeringly lovely, poetic name that was invented by Shakespeare for the beautiful and admirable young heroine of his play, The Tempest, is still a recommended choice even though its popularity peaked in the 1990's, partially as an antidote to Amanda. But while Amanda now sounds dated, Miranda retains a good measure of its charm.

DorisHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "gift of the ocean"
  • Description:

    Doris had long been on our so-far-out-it-will-always-be-out-for-babies list, and seemed to be written there in indelible ink. But there are signs of a sea change, that Doris could profit from the revivals of Dorothy and Dorothea.
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OndineHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "little wave"
  • Description:

    Mythological spirit of the waters; spelled Undine, she was an Edith Wharton heroine.

NixieHeart

  • Origin:

    German
  • Meaning:

    "water nymph"
  • Description:

    If you love Dixie, Trixie and Pixie, this name of a mermaid-like sprite in German folklore may be for you. It might also make an update for Nicki.

NerissaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "from the sea"
  • Description:

    An offbeat possible replacement for the overused Melissa and Marisa, Nerissa was used by Shakespeare for Portia's witty confidante in The Merchant of Venice. Queen Elizabeth has a cousin named Nerissa.

JewelHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name
  • Description:

    Just like Flora is for botanicals, Jewel is the generic gemstone name, not used much since the early twentieth century, when it was seen as a symbol of how precious a daughter could be. The French version, Bijou, feels more modern, as do Pearl and Ruby.

OceaneHeart

  • Origin:

    French
  • Meaning:

    "ocean"
  • Description:

    Oceane (oh-see-EN) has been one of the chicest names in France for several years, ranking in the French Top 50. This is a sophisticated name that could easily cross the ocean, and is much more stylish than the English Ocean or Oceana.
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NeridaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "sea nymph, mermaid"
  • Description:

    This is one of the more unusual examples of a group of Greek names connected to the sea.

ColleenHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "girl"
  • Description:

    Midcentury Irish-American favorite, never used in Ireland itself, being the generic word for "girl"; rarely given today.

MuireannHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "sea white, sea fair"
  • Description:

    The popular Irish name Muireann comes from a mythical mermaid who was tranformed into a woman by a saint. Pronunciation is like the surname of the actress Helen Mirren, but with the spin of a w sound after the initial M.

DominiqueHeart

  • Origin:

    French, feminine variation of Dominic
  • Meaning:

    "belonging to a lord"
  • Description:

    Had a surge of popularity in the Dynasty days, now has subsided in the wake of fresher French choices like Destry and Delphine, though it retains its sense of sophistication. It's one of the most truly gender-neutral baby names right now.

AristaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "harvest"
  • Description:

    From the root for aristocrat, an upwardly mobile choice that might put a bit of pressure on a child.
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SereiaHeart

  • Origin:

    Portuguese
  • Meaning:

    "mermaid"
  • Description:

    The lovely Sereia is the Portuguese word for mermaid but can also be used as a name. English speakers may shy away from the name because of pronunciation questions and indeed, any little Sereia growing up in London or Chicago will encounter many questions and mispronunciations. But it's not difficult to say once you know it and Sereia pay countervailing dividends with its beauty.

AquariusHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "water carrier"
  • Description:

    Astrological name retains a hippielike Age of Aquarius feel.

MelusineHeart

  • Origin:

    French, folkloric name
  • Description:

    Melusine was a figure from early European folklore, associated with the water. Her legends are especially connected with the northern and western areas of France, as well as the Low Countries. She is also connected with the French Lusignan royal house which claimed to be descended from Melusine. This name makes a good choice for people looking for a feminine mythological name but want to steer clear of Greek and Arthurian mythology.

NaidaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "water nymph,"
  • Description:

    Possibility for a girl born under one of the water signs -- Cancer, Pisces, or Scorpio.
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UndineHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "little wave"
  • Description:

    Mythological water spirit with the more common spelling of Ondine, heroine of an Edith Wharton novel.

CoraliaHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Coralie
  • Meaning:

    "coral"
  • Description:

    Coralia was the name of a dancing mermaid in a 19th century ballet. As Cora -- which has another root and means maiden -- rises, so may elaborations and related names such as Coralie, Coraline, and Coralia.

AdellaHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Adele or Adeline
  • Description:

    Now that all names Adel- are the height of fashion, Adella is an unusual name that nevertheless sounds very trendy. Adella is one of Ariel's sisters in The Little Mermaid.

MuirgenHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "born of the sea"
  • Description:

    Muirgen in Irish mythology was turned into a mermaid and then brought back to land after 300 years and transformed back into a woman -- which must have been quite a shock. Muirgen's original name was Liban. Muirgen may also be spelled Muireann or Muirenn.

AndrinaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek, feminine form of Andrew
  • Description:

    Andrina is best-known as an older sister of The Little Mermaid.
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CleodoraHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "gift of glory"
  • Description:

    The name of a nymph in Greek mythology, one of the prophetic Thriai, who divined the future by throwing pebbles. She was a lover of the sea god Poseidon.

LaminaHeart

  • Origin:

    Basque
  • Meaning:

    "water nymph"
  • Description:

    In Basque mythology, Lamina are mermaid-like creatures (they can also have duck tails) who grant wishes.

RusalkaHeart

  • Origin:

    Slavic mythological name
  • Description:

    In Slavic mythology, Rusalka is the equivalent of the Little Mermaid - she's a water nymph who falls in love with a land-dwelling man and eventually dies of a broken heart. Her tale was made into an opera of the same name by Dvorak. A good alternative for those who are turned off by the popularity of other fairy tale names like Aurora and Ariel.

MerrowHeart

  • Origin:

    Hiberno-English
  • Meaning:

    "mermaid"
  • Description:

    In Irish mythology, the term merrow was synonymous with "mermaid." According to legend, the merrow wear caps called cohuleen druith so they can remain under the water.
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