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Names That Mean Good or Kind

Names That Mean Good or Kind
Kindness is a quality that all parents hope to imbue in their children. A name that means good or kind can express these values and hopefully pass them on to your child. The most common name that means good for girls is Evangeline, and Tobias ranks the highest for boys.

Along with Evangeline and Tobias, other names that mean good or kind in the US Top 1000 include Toby, Winnie, and Zuri. Intriguing international options include Keiji, Neema, Sadbh, and Tashi.

We’ve added all the names in our database that mean goodness and kindness to this list. Good and kind baby names can also be related to concepts such as gentleness and generosity. If you are in need of names for a kind baby, one of these could be perfect for you.

EvangelineHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "bearer of good news"
  • Description:

    Evangeline is a romantic old name enjoying a major comeback, thanks to its religious overtones, Eva's popularity, and the star of the TV megahit Lost, Evangeline Lilly. Evangelia and Evangelina — two variants of Evangeline — are sure to tag along for the ride.

TobiasHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek from Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "God is good"
  • Description:

    Tobias is the Greek form of the Hebrew Tobiah, which was derived from the name Toviyah. Toviyah was created from the elements tov, meaning "good" and yah, representing the Hebrew God. Tobias is the name of several biblical figures but is primarily associated with the story of Tobias and the Angel.

WinnieHeart

  • Origin:

    English diminutive of Winifred
  • Meaning:

    "holy peacemaking, gentle friend"
  • Description:

    This pet form of such names as Winifred and Edwina and Gwendolyn has loads of vintage charm, a la Millie and Maisie, with a decidedly winning vibe. And it just got celebrity cred as the baby daughter of Jimmy Fallon.

AgathaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "good woman"
  • Description:

    Agatha until recently summoned up visions of martyred saints, mauve silk dresses, and high lace collars, but now that some dauntless excavators have begun to resurrect it, we're sure more will follow their lead. Actor Thomas Gibson used it for his daughter in 2004.

TobyHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Tobias
  • Description:

    This jaunty unisex nickname name has recently been given a shot of testosterone via actor Tobey Maguire and the gruff, erudite character on West Wing.

ZuriHeart

  • Origin:

    Kiswahili
  • Meaning:

    "good, beautiful"
  • Description:

    Zuri migrated, at least to American sensibilities, to the feminine side when an Ohio zoo used it for a female giraffe. For either gender, Zuri is an attractive name with the usual Z-initial zest.

AvaniHeart

  • Origin:

    Hindi
  • Meaning:

    "the good earth"
  • Description:

    A name often heard in India, with an energetic sound and an ecologically correct meaning.

DaliaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew or Swahili
  • Meaning:

    "branch or gentle"
  • Description:

    Similar in sound to the flower name Dahlia, this gentle but distinctive name, heard in many cultures, hits that Golden Mean between too popular and too unusual.

GarethHeart

  • Origin:

    Welsh
  • Meaning:

    "gentle"
  • Description:

    Gareth, the name of a modest and brave knight in King Arthur's court, makes a sensitive, gently appealing choice, used more in its native Wales than anywhere else.

TovaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "good, pleasing"
  • Description:

    Lively modern Hebrew name with a positive meaning.

MildredHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "gentle strength"
  • Description:

    When scientists do research on the effects of an unpopular name, we're afraid that Mildred is one of the examples they cite, often in tandem with Bertha and Gertrude. But with cute nickname Millie on the rise, anything's possible.

EuniceHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "good victory"
  • Description:

    Eunice is a New Testament name of the mother of Timothy, long associated with one of the Kennedy sisters, the founder of the Special Olympics. As high as Number 106 in the early 1900s, it lasted on the list until 1995. Eunice was the birth name of Nina Simone, which gives it a modicum of cool.

MonaHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "noble good"
  • Description:

    Mona had more than a moment in the sun, peaking in 1950 at Number 230 but falling off the Top 1000 completely in the late 1980s. Its similarity to the word "moaner" undercuts the appeal of its simplicity. In one recent year, fewer than 100 baby girls received the name, and we don't see it reviving any time soon.

TobinHeart

  • Origin:

    Surname derived from Tobias
  • Meaning:

    "God is good"
  • Description:

    Tobias-related name that makes an attractive and modern-sounding form of the biblical original. It was recently chosen by Karolina Kurkova for her son.

YoshiHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "good, respectful"
  • Description:

    A classic Japanese name known to kids around the world as a Nintendo video-game character.

TobiahHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "the Lord is good"
  • Description:

    Tobiah is the original Hebrew form of the better known Greek Tobias, to which it could make a distinctive alternative. With its ah ending, Tobiah fits in with other stylish Biblical names today, from Noah to Isaiah to Josiah and Zachariah. And of course, Toby is an adorable nickname.

LiloHeart

  • Origin:

    German, diminutive of Liselotte; Hawaiian
  • Meaning:

    "generous one"
  • Description:

    Lilo is the name of the spunky little Hawaiian girl character in the Disney movie Lilo & Stitch-- and is also Lindsay Lohan's nickname. Multi-cultural, it can be found in Hawaiian, German and Hebrew nomenclature.

CaliaHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian, nickname from Greek Kaleas
  • Meaning:

    "good or beautiful person"
  • Description:

    A highly unusual Italian word-name that is nevertheless attractive and easy to pronounce and spell.

CarisHeart

  • Origin:

    Welsh, Greek
  • Meaning:

    "love; grace, kindness"
  • Description:

    Beautiful meanings no matter which origin you want to go with. But either way, it rhymes with Paris.

AnisaHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "good-natured"
  • Description:

    Phonetic spelling of the Muslim Aanisah, chosen by singer Macy Gray for one of her daughters.

KeevaHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish, phonetic spelling of Caoimhe
  • Meaning:

    "gentle, beautiful, precious"
  • Description:

    Keeva, the name chosen by "How I Met Your Mother" star Alyson Hannigan for her daughter, has recently been a Top 20 name in Ireland, using the authentic spelling Caoimhe. The male version is Caomhin--anglicized as Kevin.

HiroshiHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "generous"
  • Description:

    Several artistic Hiroshis make this one of the more plausible Japanese imports.

YokoHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "good girl"
  • Description:

    There are many in Japan, but for most Americans there's only one Yoko.

ChiomaHeart

  • Origin:

    African, Igbo
  • Meaning:

    "good God"
  • Description:

    Beautiful West African name that could appeal across cultures.

GennadyHeart

  • Origin:

    Russian
  • Meaning:

    "noble, generous"
  • Description:

    Gennady is derived from an early saint's name (Gennadius) and shares the same Greek root word as the English word generous. It is a familiar if still uncommon boys' name in Russia. If you're looking for unique boy names you might want to put this one on your list.

ClemensHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "merciful and gentle"
  • Description:

    This surname related to Clement is strongly associated with Major League pitcher Roger Clemens, winner of more Cy Young awards than any other pitcher in baseball history, and has a softer sound than Clement. Some variations are Clemen, Clementio, Clemention, and Clemons.

NashiraHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "the bearer of good news"
  • Description:

    Nashira is one of those obscure space names that might rise along with such heavenly choices as Orion, Luna, and even Nevaeh. A giant star in Capricorn, Nashira is an unusual and attractive name with several positive associations.

RashadHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "having good judgment"
  • Description:

    In the US, Rashad is one of the most popular and best-known Arabic names, through several sports and entertainment celebrities.

NeemaHeart

  • Origin:

    Swahili
  • Meaning:

    "born during good times"
  • Description:

    Offbeat name sometimes heard in the African-American community.

BenvolioHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian
  • Meaning:

    "good wisher"
  • Description:

    In Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, the friend who persuades Romeo to go to the party where he meets Juliet. Alas.

RafiqHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "friend, companion, gentle, kind"
  • Description:

    Confident Middle Eastern choice. Children will relate to the Rafiki form via the wise guru in Disney's "The Lion King."

QasimHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "charitable, generous"
  • Description:

    Name of a son of the Prophet Muhammad, with a particularly positive meaning.

JinHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "tenderness, gentleness"
  • Description:

    Similarity to the English name Jean could be a plus in a Japanese-American family.

LayanHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "soft, gentle"
  • Description:

    Layan is popular enough in the US that it was given to nearly 175 baby girls in one recent years. It translates easily enough in an English-speaking culture and sounds like Lee-Anne and Leah, so it's a friendly cross-cultural choice -- though lay might not be the best association in a baby's name.

MehriHeart

  • Origin:

    Persian
  • Meaning:

    "kind, lovable, sunny"
  • Description:

    The spelling makes this name feel unexpected, but pronunciation is like the familiar Mary or Merry.

NaveedHeart

  • Origin:

    Persian
  • Meaning:

    "good news"
  • Description:

    Attractive Middle Eastern choice.

LykkeHeart

  • Origin:

    Swedish and Danish
  • Meaning:

    "happiness, good fortune"
  • Description:

    Lykke, virtually unknown in English-speaking countries, is one of the top girl names in Sweden.

SadbhHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "sweet; goodly"
  • Description:

    Sadbh is the modern Irish form of the more streamlined but equally confusing Sadb: both names are pronounced to rhyme with five. In Irish mythology Sadb or Sadbh, a goddess lover of Finn McCool's, was turned into a deer only to vanish and (somewhere in there) give birth to Oisin.

ToviHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "good"
  • Description:

    Pleasant, in a Bon Jovi kind of way.

TashiHeart

  • Origin:

    Tibetan
  • Meaning:

    "good fortune"
  • Description:

    Accessible and attractive Tibetan name used for both sexes.

BonifaceHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "fortunate, of good fate"
  • Description:

    A name only a pope could carry.

TirionHeart

  • Origin:

    Welsh
  • Meaning:

    "gentle, kind"
  • Description:

    Used for both genders in its native country, though more often for girls, Tirion is a rare Welsh name with a lovely sound and meaning.

EbeleHeart

  • Origin:

    African
  • Meaning:

    "mercy, kindness"
  • Description:

    Igbo name made more familiar by its relationship to the popular Belle and Bella.

BashirHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "the one who brings good news"
  • Description:

    Used both as a given name and as a surname, Bashir is a familiar but still unusual choice in the USA and UK, even among Muslim families. In 2014, only 25 boys were named Bashir in the US. One reason for its low usage could be a connection to Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted for war crimes, including genocide, in Darfur.

EuphrasieHeart

  • Origin:

    French
  • Meaning:

    "good cheer"
  • Description:

    French form of Euphrasia. This was the real name of Cosette in Victor Hugo's Les Misérables. It was popular in French up to and around the turn of the 20th century, but fell out of the French Top 500 in 1943, just over 80 years after the publication of the novel.

GitaHeart

  • Origin:

    Sanskrit
  • Meaning:

    "good"
  • Description:

    Harsh and slight -- an unfortunate combination.

EudoxiaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "good deeds"
  • Description:

    Think the letter X is always cool in names? Meet Eudoxia. An ancient name with a great meaning, associated with a number of saints and Byzantine royals, Eudoxia nonetheless sounds, to modern ears, more like the name of a skin disease or industrial solvent than a cute little girl. If you love it for some reason, variant spelling Eudocia might be a better bet.

GlendaHeart

  • Origin:

    Welsh
  • Meaning:

    "fair and good"
  • Description:

    There aren't many Glendas under forty.

TuviaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "God is good"
  • Description:

    Tuvia is the Hebrew cognate of Tobias or Tobiah, found in the Bible and used in this form in Israel. The film "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" included a character named Tuvia, who was female, pointing to the biggest downside of this name to the English-speaking ear: It sounds quite feminine.

HalimaHeart

  • Origin:

    African
  • Meaning:

    "gentle, humane"
  • Description:

    This Swahili and Muslim female name referring to the Prophet Muhammed's nurse. It is a popular name in Egypt and Somalia.
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