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Names with Inspirational Meanings

Names with Inspirational Meanings
Baby names with inspirational meanings or from spiritual sources strike an uplifting chord. Inspirational baby names are virtuous in nature, with meanings like comfort, generous, and bliss. This list includes classic virtue names like Justice and Grace, as well as names with subtler inspirational meanings, such as Grady and Veronique.

Along with Grace and Grady, other names with inspirational meanings in the US Top 500 include Amara, Audrey, Bodhi, Chance, Freya, Nadia, Solomon, and Vera. Rare and fashionable names to inspire include Anouk, Ever, Pax, and Verity.

Names with inspiring meanings might encourage your child to embody the virtue behind their name. Consider these names if you want to set your child up for a lifetime of inspiration.

AaliyahHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Aliya, Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "heavens, highborn, exalted"
  • Description:

    Aaliyah is the feminine variation of Aali, a masculine Arabic name meaning "high" or "exalted." There are many additional spellings of the name, including Alia, Aliyah, Aleah, and Aleia. In Hebrew, aliyah (pronounced with the emphasis on the second syllable) means "rising," and refers to Jewish immigration to Israel.

AaronHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "high mountain; exalted, enlightened"
  • Description:

    The origin of the name Aaron is debated—some say it was derived from Hebrew, while others claim it originated in Ancient Egypt. In the Old Testament, Aaron, the older brother of Moses who was appointed by God to be his brother's spokesman, was the first High Priest of the Israelites. The Hebrew version is Aharon—in Yiddish it can be Aaran—and the name appears in Arabic as Haroun or Harun.

AbsalomHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "father of peace"
  • Description:

    Absalom, because of its biblical and literary associations, just might appeal to the daring namegiver.

AdelaideHeart

  • Origin:

    Variant of Adelheidis, German
  • Meaning:

    "noble, nobility"
  • Description:

    Adelaide is now heading straight uphill on the coattails of such newly popular sisters as Ava, Ada, and Audrey, and in the company of Adeline and Amelia. It was chosen by actress Katherine Heigl for the name of her second daughter.

AdirHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "majestic, noble"
  • Description:

    A strong, masculine name hardly heard outside the Hebrew-speaking community.

AilisHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "noble"
  • Description:

    This attractive and unique Irish form of Alice can also be found in the spelling Ailish. It was introduced into Ireland by the Normans in the French form ALIZ.

AiriniHeart

  • Origin:

    Maori variation of Eirene "peace"
  • Meaning:

    "peace"
  • Description:

    Airini is the Maori transliteration of the name Eirene, whcih comes from the Greek goddess of peace. A notable bearer of this name is nineteenth century Maori rights activist Airini Donnelly.

AkselHeart

  • Origin:

    Danish, version of Hebrew Absalom
  • Meaning:

    "the father is peace"
  • Description:

    Most American parents would choose to use the more commonly seen variant, AXEL.

AlafiaHeart

  • Origin:

    Yoruba
  • Meaning:

    "peace"
  • Description:

    Alafia is a Yoruba name for peace and is used as a name for both men and women in Nigeria.

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.

AlbertHeart

  • Origin:

    German
  • Meaning:

    "noble, bright"
  • Description:

    Albert has acquired a new gloss as one of the top royal baby boy names, a serious upgrade from its serious, studious image (think Einstein, Schweitzer). Albert remained popular for 80 years, and though it's far less fashionable today, it's still a widely used choice. Still, along with such stalwarts as Walter and George, it could now make an unusual yet classic choice. It became especially popular in Britain following the 1840 marriage of Queen Victoria to the German Prince Albert. Enlivening nickname Bertie is popular on its own in England.

AletheaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "truth"
  • Description:

    Alethea, the name of the Greek goddess of truth, came into fashion in England in the 16th century, in tandem with the virtue names. Alethea may find new favor now as one of the goddess names stylish for baby girls.

AlikaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hawaiian; Swahili
  • Meaning:

    "truthful; most beautiful"
  • Description:

    Alika is a multicultural choice that's far off the beaten track.

AlisonHeart

  • Origin:

    Norman French, diminutive of Alice
  • Description:

    Alison has been long popular in Scotland and widely used here since the fifties; this more feminine medieval derivative of Alice had long surpassed the original in popularity. But now sounds a tad dated in the U.S., with Alice having leapfrogged back over Alison, Alicia and other variations. Allison is the only variant still ahead of the stylish Alice.

AllegraHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian
  • Meaning:

    "joyous"
  • Description:

    In music, the term allegro means "quickly, lively tempo," which makes this quintessential Bohemian ballet dancer's name all the more appealing. Allegra is one of the most distinctive yet accessible girl names starting with A.

AlonzoHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian diminutive of Alphonso
  • Meaning:

    "noble, ready"
  • Description:

    Alonzo is dashing and debonair, with a large measure of Latin flair.

AlphonseHeart

  • Origin:

    French from German
  • Meaning:

    "noble, ready for battle"
  • Description:

    Rarely used, and for good reason. Alonzo is a preferable choice.

AlyssaHeart

  • Origin:

    English variation of Alicia
  • Meaning:

    "noble"
  • Description:

    Alyssa was in the Top 20 from 1997-2010 and peaked as the 11th most popular girls’ name in 1998 and 1999 but has become less popular in recent years. It's related to the flower alyssum as well as to the classic Alice and variants. Alyssa Milano helped give it a bounce back when she was still a child sitcom star.

AmaelHeart

  • Origin:

    Angel name
  • Description:

    Amael is the name of an archangel that governs virtues and the month of December. This name might also relate to the Arabic Amal, which means hope or inspiration. Amael makes one of the many ancient and unusual names for December babies.

AmaraHeart

  • Origin:

    Igbo, Sanskrit, Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "grace, immortal, tribe"
  • Description:

    Amara is the Italian word for bitter, from the same root as Mary and Miriam. It has separate roots in West Africa as a name that means "grace" in the Igbo language. These two meanings are the best-known, but Amara is also a Sanskrit name meaning "immortal", an Arabic word meaning "tribe" and a Mongolian name meaning "peaceful".