Wonderful Word Names

Word names -- basically, words used as names -- are a growing class as parents rush to find truly unique baby names for their children. While you'll find word names among nature names and day names and occupational names and color names and spiritual names, most of those collected on this list don't fit neatly into any category. You'll find even more word names in our lists of Nature Names, Place Names, and many other lists in the category Nature, Place, and Word Names. Finally, a word on gender: English words are not gendered and so most of these word names can work for both boys and girls, even if we have only one gender noted here.

  • Abacus

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    A mathematical possibility, but the odds are against it.Read More 

  • Acre

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Acre feels at home with other modern, fresh word names like Rumor, Snow and Ace. But with the feeling of wide open spaces and nature, Acre also offers a softer, earthier tone that will appeal to... Read More 

  • Affinity

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Sympathetic new twist on a Puritan virtue name. Read More 

  • Afternoon

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    An early day name, found on slave rolls, and worthy of consideration today for someone seeking a truly unusual name. Read More 

  • Air

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    This nature name hasn't escaped the hippie dippy air of others like River or Sky. Read More 

  • Alchamy

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    This name, a spin on the word alchemy, has a magical quality.Read More 

  • Alchemy

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    One of the most extreme of the new word names, recommended only to the most mystical-minded parents. Actor Lance Henriksen spelled his daughter's name Alchamy. Read More 

  • Alea

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Alea is a genuine girls' name as a sleeker variation of Aleah, a name with both Arabic and Persian roots that means exalted or God's being. But in... Read More 

  • Allegory

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    If Fable, Story and Saga are getting a look in, why not Allegory? Allegory offers the cute nickname Ally.Read More 

  • Almond

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Gwyneth Paltrow's Apple has opened the world of botanical names beyond flowers to trees, herbs, fruits, and -- why not. -- nuts. Read More 

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