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Names That Mean Light

Names that mean light or bright shine beautifully and boldly on a baby. The meaning light can commemorate a sunny day or burst of knowledge, can confer brightness on your baby's future or illuminate a mid-winter birth. Babies born at Hanukkah or New Year's sometimes are given names that mean light. Here is our collection of names that mean light or bright or clear for girls and boys.

  • Aaron

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    Aaron has been in and around the Top 50 for nearly half a century at this point, and is still an attractive, timeless choice. The softness of Aaron's initial double vowel gives it an appealing... Read More 

  • Abner

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    This neglected Biblical name--it was the name of the commander of Saul's army and appears twice in the New Testament--is ready to flee Dogpatch. It was regularly used in the nineteenth century,... Read More 

  • Ailana

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    A very unusual name in Finland, Ailana is nevertheless accessible to the English speaker. A more widely-used and similar name in Finland is Aila.Read More 

  • Aileen

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    Irish Aileen and Scottish Eileen may be pronounced the same way or Aileen can be pronounced with a long a at the beginning. While neither is particularly stylish, Aileen is slightly more popular... Read More 

  • Aine

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    More commonly seen here as Anya, this traditional yet unique Irish name belonged to the queen of the Munster fairies and is sprinkled throughout Irish folklore as an early Celtic goddess of summer... Read More 

  • Albert

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    Albert has acquired a new gloss as one of the top royal baby boy names, a serious upgrade from its serious, studious image (think... Read More 

  • Alberta

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    This jazzy old name could make a comeback, the way Josephine and Ella have. In England the name was popularized by Queen Victoria's daughter Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, after whom her... Read More 

  • Albus

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    The ancient name Albus has modern currency as the first name of the headmaster of Harry Potter's Hogwarts, more formally known as Professor Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore. Can... Read More 

  • Alina

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    Alina is one of the scores of global variations on the classic Helen, well used in Poland and Russia, and also heard in the Celtic and German cultures, as well as in the US. Alina might be a long... Read More 

  • Alora

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    Alora feels like a hybrid name -- part authentic, part synthetic -- maybe because it is. It squeaked onto the Top 1000 in 2017 but it's debatable whether it will stay there. It's pretty, but isn't... Read More 

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