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weather baby names

weather baby names
Weather baby names are a branch of nature names that reference the—well, the weather! Some have direct weather meanings while others have a subtler connection to the weather—Cyrus, for instance, is a Persian name that means sun, and Keilani is Hawaiian for sky.

Along with Cyrus and Keilani, other weather names in the US Top 1000 include Autumn, Blaze, Iris, Keanu, Neil, Samson, Sky, and Sunny. Weather names for babies with an international flavor include Brisa – the Spanish word for breeze – Elio, Varsha, and Yuki.

There are plenty of weather patterns to draw inspiration from, from sun and snow to wind and rain. Maybe even tornados or hurricanes for the braver namers among us. Here are some weather boy and girl names for you to consider.
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IrisHeart

  • Origin:

    Flower name; also Greek
  • Meaning:

    "rainbow"
  • Description:

    Iris is directly derived from the Greek word iris, meaning “rainbow.” In Greek mythology, Iris was the goddess of the rainbow, a messenger for Zeus and Hera who rode the rainbow as a multicolored bridge from heaven to earth. In ancient times, the Iris was considered a symbol of power and majesty, the three petal segments representing faith, wisdom and valor. This colorful image led to the naming of the flower and to the colored part of the eye.

CyrusHeart

  • Origin:

    Persian
  • Meaning:

    "sun"
  • Description:

    Very popular in the Iranian community, this name of the founder of the Persian Empire has had a more down-home, corncob pipe-smoking image for most Americans in the past, but this has begun to change.

ElioHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian and Spanish from Greek sun god, Helios
  • Description:

    Elio is a sunny and spirited Italian and Spanish name that makes a great crossover prospect, which could catch on as Enzo has. Elio is also currently popular in France, ranking in the Top 250.

ZephyrHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "west wind"
  • Description:

    If you're looking for a boy's name that's light and breezy, this could be it. A name from mythology: Zephyrus/Zephyr was the Greek god of the west wind-- with many European variations, it's a name that's frequently seen in computer and video games, is a character in the children's book Silverwing, and appears in the Babar books--as a monkey.

AmayaHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish version of Amaia or Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "mother city; the end; night rain"
  • Description:

    The Spanish form of Amaya is both a given name and a surname, originating from the Spanish mountain and village of Amaya. In this context it means “mother city” or “the capital.” Amaya can also be considered a derivation of Amaia, a Basque name meaning “the end.” In Japan, Amaya is a surname.
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EiraHeart

  • Origin:

    Welsh
  • Meaning:

    "snow"
  • Description:

    This Welsh nature name that can be pronounced exactly like the male Ira. Or, to avoid confusion, you could just name her Snow.

EilidhHeart

  • Origin:

    Gaelic
  • Meaning:

    "sun, radiant one"
  • Description:

    Long popular in Scotland, this attractive name is widely considered to be the Gaelic version of Helen. After the Normans introduced it into the British Isles, it was transformed into Aileen or Evelyn. It has rarely been heard in the US, but it is slowly starting to be used here too.

AutumnHeart

  • Origin:

    Season name
  • Description:

    Crisp and colorful, Autumn is the most popular season name now -- the only one in the Top 100 in recent years -- with Autumn's coolness only surpassed by Winter. Jennifer Love Hewitt named her daughter Autumn James.

ThorHeart

  • Origin:

    Norse
  • Meaning:

    "thunder"
  • Description:

    Thor, the powerful name of the Norse god of thunder, strength and rain, would make a bold statement. Long a comic book staple, Thor has now invaded the big screen, and could land on birth certificates as well.

SamsonHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "sun"
  • Description:

    With the prevailing popularity of Samuel, some parents are considering this more (literally) powerful biblical name, which shares the desirable nickname of Sam.
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RaidenHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "thunder and lightning"
  • Description:

    The name of the Japanese god of thunder makes an assertive choice, very much at home in the Western world. Because of the name's similarity to popular baby names Aiden and Jayden, most people will pronounce it RAY-den, but it's more properly RYE-den.

CyraHeart

  • Origin:

    Persian or Greek
  • Meaning:

    "sun or throne, or lord"
  • Description:

    Cyra is an unusual name that can be pronounced either SEER-a or CY-ra. This name may be a feminine variation of Cyrus but is also a Persian name that stands on its own. One noted bearer is writer Cyra McFadden.

NeveHeart

  • Origin:

    Anglicized spelling of Irish Niamh or Italian and Portuguese
  • Meaning:

    "snow"
  • Description:

    Introduced to the American public by actress Neve Campbell; it was her Dutch-born mother's maiden name. Neve is an interesting and fresh new possibility, one which Conan O'Brien chose for his daughter.

SummerHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name
  • Description:

    The temperature is definitely rising for this popular seasonal name, which began being used in the seventies, and has been heard consistently ever since.

LumiHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish
  • Meaning:

    "snow"
  • Description:

    Lumi may be a rare girls' name in the USA and England, but it comes in the Top 50 in Finland, where it means snow. Given the popularity of Winter, Holly, Ivy and many other wintery-christmassy names, we think that short and spunky Lumi definitely has potential for greater usage outside its home country as one of the more unusual names for Christmas babies.
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WinterHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name
  • Description:

    Fresher, brisker and, yes, cooler than Summer or Autumn or Spring, Winter is now a full-fledged female choice, especially since Nicole Richie and Joel Madden used it for daughter Harlow's middle name, and Gretchen Mol picked it as her daughter's first, as did media mogul Sean Parker. Winter continues to be the preferred spelling and has risen in popularity significantly over the past few years.

NiallHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "cloud"
  • Description:

    Niall is pronounced nye-al--something like Neil, but this Irish spelling of the name makes it much more current and cool.

KeanuHeart

  • Origin:

    Hawaiian
  • Meaning:

    "cool breeze over the mountains"
  • Description:

    An evocatively exotic name brought from Hawaii to the mainland by Keanu Reeves, who was born in Beirut to a part-Hawaiian, part-Chinese father. It moved into the Top 1000 for the first time in over a decade in 2016.

BlazeHeart

  • Origin:

    English word name
  • Meaning:

    "fire"
  • Description:

    Originally a form of the saint's name Blaise, though now more likely to be a hot word name used for both sexes, though heavily weighted toward the boys. It has been in the boys' Top 1000 since the year 2000.
    br>On the pop culture side of things, Blaze Bayley is a singer and musician who has been connected to the bands Wolfsbane and Iron Maiden.

SkyHeart

  • Origin:

    Nature name
  • Description:

    Sky is an ambigender nature name that was first legitimized as the character of Sky Masterson in the 1950 musical Guys and Dolls, played in the film version by Marlon Brando. It's a name we appreciate for its clear, wide-open feel, less hippyish than others like Rainbow and Starlight, and makes an appealing middle name possibility.
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SunnyHeart

  • Origin:

    English nickname
  • Description:

    Upbeat nickname-name that can't help but make you smile. You might want to use it as a short form for a more "serious" name such as Sunniva, but Sunny is undeniably, well, sunny.

ZephyrineHeart

  • Origin:

    Feminine variation of Zephyr, Greek
  • Meaning:

    "west wind"
  • Description:

    Zephyr may not be a name often heard in the U.S., but its variations are used throughout Europe. Zephyrine, a cousin in sound and feel if not in fact to such lovely names as Severine and Seraphina, has distinctive possibilities.

AarushHeart

  • Origin:

    Hindi
  • Meaning:

    "first ray of sun"
  • Description:

    A fiery Indian name used enough in the US to make it onto the Top 1000 list in 2010 and 2015.

SolHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "sun"
  • Description:

    Although pinochle-playing partner Sam came out of retirement, we don't see it happening to Sol. Near soundalike Saul has more of a shot.

StormHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name
  • Description:

    Windswept and dramatic, but perhaps asking for trouble. Quite popular in Denmark and Sweden, where it derives from Stromr, which is a fairly common surname. Storm Thorgerson is a famous bearer of the name - he designed iconic album covers for Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, the Cranberries, Anthrax, and Pink Floyd.
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CloudHeart

  • Origin:

    Nature name
  • Description:

    Like Sky and Sunshine, this fluffy name from the hippie 1970s has floated back onto the naming radar.

IdaliaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "behold the sun"
  • Description:

    A pretty, if unusual choice for a summer baby, particularly a girl with an ancestor named Ida. An epithet of the goddess Aphrodite, Idalia is derived from the Greek place name Idalion

NeilHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "cloud"
  • Description:

    Always the top spelling of the name; Neil peaked in the 1950s, but then enjoyed a second coming following the fame of such Neils as astronaut Armstrong and singers Sedaka, Diamond, and Young. Now semiretired.

ItzelHeart

  • Origin:

    Mayan
  • Meaning:

    "rainbow lady"
  • Description:

    This name, stemming from the Mayan mythological figure of the Rainbow Lady, is a surprising pop hit, primarily among Hispanic parents.

RainHeart

  • Origin:

    Nature name
  • Description:

    Mostly feminine, though "Office" star Rainn Wilson gives it a slight masculine twist. You might also use this as a short form of Raines.
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MistyHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "mist"
  • Description:

    The Play Misty for Me jokes will get old really fast.

ApolloniaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek, Feminine variation of Apollo, Greek sun god.
  • Description:

    This name of a third century Christian martyr has an exotic, appealing feel in the modern world. It first came to American attention via Prince's love interest in the film Purple Rain.

ThoraHeart

  • Origin:

    Norse
  • Meaning:

    "thunder goddess"
  • Description:

    Thora, related to Thor, is the ancient Norse thunder goddess name that's much softer and gentler than its meaning suggests. A noted bearer is actress Thora Birch.

RaHeart

  • Origin:

    Egyptian
  • Meaning:

    "sun"
  • Description:

    The name of the sun god of Egyptian mythology could only be used in combination with a longer name.

BronteHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "thunder"
  • Description:

    This lovely surname of the three novel-writing sisters, now used as a baby name, makes a fitting tribute for lovers of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. While the original name took an umlaut over the e, modern English speakers may find that more trouble than it's worth. Trivia note: The Anglo-Irish clergyman who was the father of Charlotte, Emily and Anne changed his name from the original Brunty. According to scholars, the family pronounced the name brun-tee, though in the 21st century world it's commonly pronounced bron-tay. In Australia, the name is more likely to take inspiration from Bronte Beach in Sydney. It was named after Lord Nelson, the 1st Duke of Bronté. He got his title from a town in Sicily, itself named after a mythological Cyclops.
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SulienHeart

  • Origin:

    Welsh
  • Meaning:

    "sun born"
  • Description:

    Said to be the name of the most learned man in ancient Wales, in this country it would be open to mispronunciation, making it rhyme with Julien.

AnatoleHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "from the east, rising sun"
  • Description:

    Anatole is one of the unique boys' names with an exotic-ish feel but an uncertain provenance, with a meaning related to sunrise and thus to fire. While it's Greek in origin, it is associated more closely with France. Anatole Kuragin is a dashing, roguish prince in Tolstoy's War and Peace.

SnowHeart

  • Origin:

    English word name
  • Description:

    There's definitely a cold front of names for winter babies moving in, with Summer, Spring and Autumn giving way to Winter--plus North, January, Frost--and Snow. This name feels brisk, fresh, pure, evocative -- and magical. A haunting middle name choice.

NepheleHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "cloudy"
  • Description:

    An enchanting ancient Greek name belonging to the Greek goddess who was created from a cloud by Zeus and so became goddess of the clouds and mother of the centaurs. The name Nephele is not widely known but as among modern parents become used to Phoebe, Penelope, and Persephone, it may become one of the ancient Greek goddess names that's back in the mix.

TempestHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name
  • Meaning:

    "turbulent, stormy"
  • Description:

    Tempest is one of those names that could go either way. Cool, evocative modern word name? Or asking for trouble? Your call, but if you decide the former image is dominant, be warned that some people will see it as the latter.
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YukiHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "snow"
  • Description:

    An appealing Asian name with a nickname feel.

AraceliHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "altar of the sky"
  • Description:

    Obscure but intriguing Spanish name. Araceli Segarra is a noted mountain climber.

CorentinHeart

  • Origin:

    French, Breton
  • Meaning:

    "tempest, hurricane"
  • Description:

    Corentin is an intriguing saint's name fashionable in France but virtually unknown here-- which you may consider a big plus. St. Corentin possessed a magical fish that regenerated itself each night, feeding himself and his lucky visitors in perpetuity.

SunnivaHeart

  • Origin:

    Scandinavian
  • Meaning:

    "sun gift"
  • Description:

    Sunniva was an Irish-born saint who fled to Norway, where she hid in an island cave with her followers and eventually died. After miracles were reported on the island, the cave was excavated and Sunniva's intact body was found. Sunniva is the patron saint of Western Norway. Her name would make a fascinating and unusual choice for a modern baby girl, and if her story is a bit grim, you can take refuge in the upbeat nickname Sunny or Sunni.

HeliaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "sun"
  • Description:

    Most parents would prefer Delia, Lelia, or Amelia.
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CieloHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian
  • Meaning:

    "sky"
  • Description:

    Expansive, sunny Italian word name.

TorbenHeart

  • Origin:

    Danish and German
  • Meaning:

    "thunder bear"
  • Description:

    A familiar name in the Nordic countries that hasn't yet gained popularity in the English speaking world. But it could, now that Old Norse names like Thor and Odin are on the rise. It derives from Torbjörrn, which seems less likely to translate outside Scandinavia. But if you're looking for Danish names for a baby boy, Torben could be a choice that's both accessible and unusual.

IshaanHeart

  • Origin:

    Hindi
  • Meaning:

    "the sun"
  • Description:

    Ishaan is the guardian of the Northeast in the Hindu religion.

SavitaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hindi
  • Meaning:

    "sun"
  • Description:

    Savita is among the most popular Hindi names for girls, and one that could easily immigrate. Want more ideas? How about the Italian or Spanish Sarita or the simplified Vita or the Scandinavian Sunniva?

ZeruHeart

  • Origin:

    Basque
  • Meaning:

    "sky"
  • Description:

    English speakers will think you invented this one, but it's an exotic spin on a nature name and a futuristic take on the hippie-dippy original. But the "zero" connection might prove too tease-worthy.
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