Brilliant Names That Mean Light

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Names that mean light or bright shine beautifully and boldly on a baby. Names 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, such as Aaron and Clara.

Along with Aaron and Clara, other names that mean light in the US Top 1000 include Bodhi, Elena, Kiara, Lucian, Noemi, Nora, Robert, and Xavier. Uncommon names with light-related meanings that you might consider for your list include Abner, Eleonara, Helena, Lior, and Lux.

Names with light-related meanings that are well-used in other countries include the Irish Aine, the Italian Chiara, the Israeli Zohar, the Spanish Lucia, and the Arabic Noor.

Here is our collection of names that mean light or bright or clear for girls and boys.

  • Aaron

    The name Aaron is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "high mountain; exalted, enlightened". The origin of the name Aaron is debated—some say it was derived from Hebrew, while others claim it... Read More 

  • Abner

    The name Abner is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "father of light.". This neglected Biblical name--it was the name of the commander of Saul's army and appears twice in the New... Read More 

  • Ailana

    The name Ailana is a girl's name of Finnish origin meaning "light bearer". A very unusual name in Finland, Ailana is nevertheless accessible to the English speaker. A more widely-used and... Read More 

  • Aileen

    The name Aileen is a girl's name of Irish origin meaning "bright, shining light". Irish Aileen and Scottish Eileen may be pronounced the same way or Aileen can be pronounced with a long a at the... Read More 

  • Aine

    The name Aine is a girl's name of Irish origin meaning "brightness, splendor". More commonly seen here as Anya, this traditional yet unique Irish name belonged to the queen of the Munster fairies... Read More 

  • Albert

    The name Albert is a boy's name of German origin meaning "noble, bright". Albert has acquired a new gloss as one of the top royal... Read More 

  • Alberta

    The name Alberta is a girl's name of English origin meaning "noble, bright". This jazzy old name could make a comeback, the way Josephine and Ella have. In England the name was popularized by... Read More 

  • Albus

    The name Albus is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "white, bright.". The ancient name Albus has modern currency as the first name of the headmaster of Harry Potter's Hogwarts, more... Read More 

  • Alina

    The name Alina is a girl's name of Slavic origin meaning "bright, beautiful". Alina is one of the scores of global variations on the classic Helen, well used in Poland and Russia, and also heard... Read More 

  • Alora

    The name Alora is a girl's name meaning "the Lord is my light". Alora feels like a hybrid name -- part authentic, part synthetic -- maybe because it is. It squeaked onto the Top 1000 in 2017 but... Read More 

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