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Names That Mean Gift

Baby names meaning gift might reference your child being a gift from God or from the universe, a gift for your family or for the world. A name meaning gift might also imply the gifts your child may receive from God, nature, and from his or her loved ones.

Along with Matthew and Theodore, other names that mean gift in the US Top 1000 include Dorothy, Gia, Jasmine, Jonathan, Mateo, Matthias, Nathaniel, and Theodora. Uncommon but appealing names with gift-related meanings include Dorothea, Maceo, Isadora, and Zebedee.

Of course, a perfect name is the most important gift you can give your child. Browse our complete collection of names that mean gift below.

Names That Mean Gift
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TheodoreHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "gift of God"
  • Description:

    Theodore is a derivative of the Latin Theodorus, a variation of the Greek name Theodōros. The components are from the Greek words theos, meaning “God,” and dōron, meaning “gift,” giving Theodore the meaning “God-given” or “gift of God.” Names with similar origins include Theodora, Dorothy, and Dorothea.

TheoHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Theodore
  • Meaning:

    "gift of God"
  • Description:

    Many modern parents use Theo as the short form for Theodore rather than the dated Ted--including some celebs, such as Dallas Bryce Howard-- but others bypass the Grandpa name Theodore entirely and skip right to the hip nickname Theo. Short and ultra-chic, Theo's a cool, contemporary baby name choice.

MateoHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "gift of God"
  • Description:

    Mateo is a Latinate form of Matthew, which derived from the Hebrew name Mattiyahu, consisting of the elements mattan, meaning “gift” and yah, which references the Hebrew God. Mateo can also be spelled Matteo, which is the Italian variation. Matheo is an archaic Spanish spelling, although it is used in France as Mathéo.

NathanielHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "gift of God"
  • Description:

    Nathaniel was derived from the Hebrew name Netan’el, meaning “gift of God,” composed of the elements natan, meaning “to give,” and ’el, in reference to God. The name is featured several times in the Old and New Testaments, typically spelled Nathanael. In the New Testament, Nathanael is also known by his other name, Bartholomew.

MatthewHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "gift of God"
  • Description:

    Matthew is the English derivative of Matthaios, the Greek form of the Hebrew Mattiyahu, composed of mattan, meaning “gift” and yah, in reference to God. The biblical Matthew was the apostle who wrote the first Gospel in the New Testament. Mateo, Matthias, Teo, Matek, and Mattia are among the many named derived from Matthew.
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IsadoraHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "gift of Isis"
  • Description:

    Why is Isabella megapopular while Isadora goes virtually ignored? Too close a tie with tragic modern dancer Isadora Duncan (born Angela Isadora), who was done in by her long flowing scarf, perhaps, or with fusty male version Isidore. But we think Isadora is well worth reevaluating as an Isabella alternative. Quirky couple singer Bjork and artist Matthew Barney did just that and named their daughter Isadora. Isidora would be an alternative, just as proper but not quite as charming spelling--the one used as the spelling of a fourth century saint's name.

ThaddeusHeart

  • Origin:

    Aramaic, meaning unclear, possibly from Theodore
  • Meaning:

    "gift of God"
  • Description:

    Thaddeus, a distinguished, long-neglected name, has several areas of appeal: a solid New Testament legacy, a nice antique feel, and the choice of several more modern nicknames and international variations.

TheodoraHeart

  • Origin:

    Feminine variation of Theodore
  • Meaning:

    "gift of God"
  • Description:

    Theodora is one of the most revival-worthy of the charmingly old-fashioned Victorian valentine names, softly evocative but still substantial, as is the reversed-syllable Dorothea. It was borne by several saints and by the beautiful ninth wife of the Emperor Justinian, who became the power behind his throne. A later royal was Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark, the older sister of the present Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

JesseHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "gift"
  • Description:

    King David's father turned 1980s cowboy, Jesse is now down in popularity. The name is associated with a wide variety of bearers, from outlaw Jesse James to Olympic athlete Jesse Owens to activist Jesse Jackson to current actors Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Jesse Eisenberg. The spelling Jesse is more usual as a boys' name while Jessie is more traditional for girls.

MatthiasHeart

  • Origin:

    Aramaic variation of Matthew
  • Meaning:

    "gift of God"
  • Description:

    With Matthew sounding somewhat exhausted, and ancient endings sounding new again, this New Testament apostolic name makes an appealing and recommended choice. Both Mathias and Matias are well used in the Hispanic community, and throughout Europe. Will Ferrell and his Swedish wife chose Matias for their second son.
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JonathanHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "gift of Jehovah"
  • Description:

    Jonathan was derived from the Hebrew name Yehonatan, eventually contracted to the modern Yonatan, meaning “gift of Jehovah.” It comes from the elements yeho, in reference to God, and natan, meaning “to give.” In the Old Testament, Jonathan was the valiant eldest son of King Saul, and it was his friendship with brother-in-law David that gave rise to the expression "Jonathan and David" to describe devoted, steadfast friends.

DorothyHeart

  • Origin:

    English variation of Greek Dorothea
  • Meaning:

    "gift of God"
  • Description:

    In the 1930s, Dorothy left Kansas and landed in the Land of Oz; by the '80s she had become a Golden Girl, living in Miami with roommates Blanche and Rose, giving her a decidedly older image. But parents today seeking a quiet classic are bringing Dorothy back—she reentered the Top 1000 in 2011 after almost completely disappearing.

PandoraHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "all gifted"
  • Description:

    Pandora has occasionally been used by the British gentry (for girls with brothers who might be called Peregrine) but is rarely heard here, probably because Pandora was the mythological first woman on earth whose curiosity caused her to lift a forbidden box and inadvertently unleash all the evils of the world.

GiaHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian
  • Meaning:

    "God's gracious gift"
  • Description:

    Gia is a cute if slight name that calls to mind stylish sisters Mia, Lea, Pia, Tia, and Nia. One of the most familiar Italian baby names in the US, Gia is a short form of Gianna, which in turn is a diminutive of Giovanna, the feminine form of Giovanni, the Italian equivalent of John—all of them meaning "God's gracious gift."

DorotheaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "gift of God"
  • Description:

    Dorothea is a flowing and romantic Victorian-sounding name which was popular in the early decades of the twentieth century, but has been off the charts since 1970. Definitely on the brink of a revival!
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AnjaliHeart

  • Origin:

    Sanskrit
  • Meaning:

    "gift"
  • Description:

    This Indian name meaning gift or offering feels familiar via sound-alikes Angela or Angelina, and made a brief appearance on the U.S. Top 1000. Anjali is a pretty route to a name that's at once easy to understand and exotic.

TeoHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Teodoro, Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "gift of God"
  • Description:

    An international take on Theo that would be easily wearable for a child in the US. Teo is traditionally a nickname for Theodore, but like Theo can stand on its own.

ZebedeeHeart

  • Origin:

    English variation of Hebrew Zebediah
  • Meaning:

    "gift of God"
  • Description:

    Zebedee is an adorable and unusual New Testament name--which may sound like but is not a contradiction in terms. Unlike some of the longer biblical Z-names, Zebedee has a more lighthearted usability, with its gleeful ee-ending. And Zeb makes a fabulous nickname.

MercedesHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "gracious gifts, benefits"
  • Description:

    Mercedes is one of the few names attached to luxury living that we can wholeheartedly recommend, it being a legitimate Spanish appellation stemming from one of the epithets given to the Virgin Mary--Santa Maria de las Mercedes, or Our Lady of the Mercies. The car, by the way was named after the eleven-year-old daughter of the Daimler company's French distributor in 1901.

IsidoreHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "gift of Isis"
  • Description:

    Isabel and Isadora are back: could it now be time for a more widespread revival of Isidore? In 2014, both Isidore and Isadore were on the list of fastest-rising names in the US.
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EudoraHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "generous gift"
  • Description:

    Eudora is the name of five minor goddesses of Greek mythology and a major goddess (in the person of Pulitzer Prize-winning Eudora Welty) of modern American literature. Eudora is pleasant and euphoneous and a possibility for rejuvenation.

DorisHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "gift of the ocean"
  • Description:

    Doris had long been on our so-far-out-it-will-always-be-out-for-babies list, and seemed to be written there in indelible ink. But there are signs of a sea change, that Doris could profit from the revivals of Dorothy and Dorothea.

DottieHeart

  • Origin:

    English, diminutive of Dorothy
  • Meaning:

    "gift of God"
  • Description:

    Dottie and Dot are old Dorothy nicknames that some cutting-edge Brits are bringing back to fashion. It's been half a century since Dottie ranked on its own in this country, one of those nickname names that flourished in the 1890's.

JontyHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Jonathan
  • Meaning:

    "gift of Jehovah"
  • Description:

    Jaunty, to say the least, Jonty might be an option if Johnny feels too old school. It has been noticed most often on the playing fields, as in U.K. rugby player Jonty Parkin (born Jonathan) and South African cricketer Jonty Rhodes (Jonathon).

EsaiHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish from Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "gift"
  • Description:

    This Hebrew-Latin name, which bristles with electricity, is associated with Esai Morales, who is a junior, carrying on his father's name.
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DoraHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "gift"
  • Description:

    Dora is poised for a comeback, right behind Laura, Nora, Cora, and Flora. First-time parents who haven't watched cartoons in a couple of decades should be aware of the Dora the Explorer connection, which has its pluses and minuses.

ZebediahHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "gift of Jehovah"
  • Description:

    Biblical names are expanding (literally) as some parents move from Isaiah and Elijah to more elaborate choices with simple short forms, like Jedidiah and Zebediah.

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.

ArtemasHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "gift of Artemis, goddess of the hunt"
  • Description:

    This name has a nice mythological, historical, Three Musketeers-ish ring.

NaelHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Nathanael, French
  • Meaning:

    "gift of God"
  • Description:

    Nael originated as a short form of names ending in -nael, such as Nathanael and Gwenael — a Breton name that was a minor hit in 1970s France. It has come to be more popular as an independent name, and currently ranks within France’s Top 50.
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MathisHeart

  • Origin:

    French and German form of Matthias or Matthew
  • Meaning:

    "gift of God"
  • Description:

    Very popular in France, this name -- pronounced mat-tees, like the surname of the painter Matisse -- might make an appealing new way to say Matthew here.

MaceoHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish variation of Matthew
  • Meaning:

    "gift of God"
  • Description:

    This semi-obscure historic name was recently chosen for their son by Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez.

FyodorHeart

  • Origin:

    Russian variation of Theodore
  • Meaning:

    "God's gift"
  • Description:

    This variation of Theodore is familiar here mostly via the great Russian novelest Dostoyevsky. It was also the name of three early tsars of Russia.

ShaiHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "gift"
  • Description:

    Shai, pronounced like shy, might morph to rhyme with may among native English speakers. This simple and attractive name is sometimes confused with or anglicized as Shay or even the Irish Shea.

YanisHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "gift of God"
  • Description:

    One of the relatives on the widely-branching family of John names, Yanis is in the French Top 50.
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TeodoraHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian, Spanish, Swedish, and Polish variation of Theodora
  • Meaning:

    "gift of God"
  • Description:

    Teodora is an extremely attractive and exotic choice, with several equally attractive, user-friendly nicknames and more edge and sheer phonic appeal than the English form, Theodora. Appealing short forms might include Tea, Dora, or Dory.

MedoraHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "mother's gift"
  • Description:

    Medora is a Greek name much less common here than, say, Melanie or Melissa. It has some literary references, including as the beautiful and passionate heroine of Lord Byron's poem The Corsair, and in Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence, there is a character named Marchioness Melora Manson.

GodivaHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "God's gift"
  • Description:

    Whether you think of the chocolates or the naked long-haired lady on the horse, Godiva is a name with baggage no child should have to carry.

MatteaHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian, from Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "gift of God"
  • Description:

    This pretty, exotic feminization of Matthew was chosen by Mira Sorvino for her daughter, Mattea Angel.

ThijsHeart

  • Origin:

    Dutch short form of Matthijs
  • Meaning:

    "gift of God"
  • Description:

    Pronounced to rhyme with nice, Thijs is a popular Dutch name short for that country's form of Matthew. Matt Lauer's half-Dutch son is called Thijs.
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ArtemesiaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "gift from Artemis"
  • Description:

    Derived from Artemis, the name of the Greek mythological goddess of the moon and hunting, Artemesia has a couple of notable associations, among them a fourth century Queen of Caria who was responsible for the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the World..

NataniaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "gift of God"
  • Description:

    This female form of Nathan can be pronounced with three syllables or four.

DarkoHeart

  • Origin:

    Slavic
  • Meaning:

    "gift"
  • Description:

    If you're a movie fan or a sports fan, you might be attracted to this name, via the film "Donnie Darko" or the Serbian-born basketball star Darko Milicic. It is kind of dark, though.

ElidiHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "gift of the sun"
  • Description:

    Elidi is intriguing but potentially confusing. Try the French Elodie instead.

ShiaHeart

  • Description:

    Entered the vernacular with the rising star of Shia LeBeouf. The meaning and origin of the name are disputed, though the actor has been quoted as saying he's embarrassed by its meaning in French: another four-letter word starting with s.
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DiarraHeart

  • Origin:

    West African
  • Meaning:

    "gift"
  • Description:

    Diarra has a nice meaning, but we could see it leading to possible teasing re association with a certain digestive problem.

CallidoraHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "gift of beauty"
  • Description:

    An extremely rare name of Ancient Greek origin which could be a novel way to Callie. There is a minor Harry Potter character by the name: Callidora Black (later Longbottom).

OhannaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew/Armenian
  • Meaning:

    "God's gracious gift"
  • Description:

    A joyous, celebratory-sounding name.

TanaquilHeart

  • Origin:

    Etruscan
  • Meaning:

    "gift of God"
  • Description:

    This intriguing name of an ancient Etruscan queen renowned for her prophetic powers was long associated with the prima ballerina Tanaquil LeClerq.

DoronHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "gift"
  • Description:

    Benevolent name found in Israel in several forms, including Doran and Doroni.
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