Names That Mean Good or Kind
Names that mean good or kind can express these values and hopefully pass them on to your child. Kindness is a quality that all parents hope to imbue in their children. The most common name that means good for girls is Evangeline, and Tobias ranks the highest for boys.
Along with Evangeline, other girl names that mean kind in the US Top 1000 include Winnie and Zuri. Boy names that mean kind are uncommon in the US, with Tobias the only one ranking in the Top 1000.
Intriguing international options with kindness-related meanings include Keiji, Neema, Sadbh, and Tashi.
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.
We’ve added all the names that mean good or kind in our database to this list. , ordered by their current popularity on Nameberry.
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.
Origin:Greek from Hebrew
Meaning:"God is good"
Description:Tobias is one of a number of s-ending boys' names that are riding a wave of popularity. With its Old Testament-Dickensian feel, it's a name with a distinguished pedigree.
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.
Meaning:"good fortune, happy"
Description:Felicity is as accessible a virtue name as Hope and Faith, but much more feminine -- and dare we say, happier. The hit TV show did a lot to soften and modernize the once buttoned-up image of Felicity, and it got further notice as the red-haired Colonial doll, Felicity Merriman, in the American Girl series. A current bearer is actress Felicity Huffman.
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.
Meaning:"the good earth"
Description:A name often heard in India, with an energetic sound and an ecologically correct meaning.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Origin:Hebrew, Spanish, or Swahili
Meaning:"branch; dahlia; 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. In Lithuanian mythology, Dalia is a goddess of weaving and of fate.
Origin:German, diminutive of Liselotte; Hawaiian
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.
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.
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.
Description:Lively modern Hebrew name with a positive meaning.
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.
Description:A classic Japanese name known to kids around the world as a Nintendo video-game character.
Description:Beautiful West African name that could appeal across cultures.
Origin:English 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.
Description:Phonetic spelling of the Muslim Aanisah, chosen by singer Macy Gray for one of her daughters.