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Names That Mean Sun

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by Pamela Redmond

Baby names that mean sun evoke summer, warmth, fire, and the zodiac fire signs of Aries, Sagittarius, and especially Leo.

Names with sun meanings might also reference the names of sun gods or goddesses of fire or the sun or other fire-related mythological figures.

Along with Phoenix and Cyrus, names that mean sun in the US Top 1000 include Apollo, Blaze, and Hayden.

Unique and uncommon baby names with sun meanings include Oriane, Sampson, Sunniva, and Soleil. Names that mean sun from international sources include the Spanish Helio, the Gaelic Eilidh, and the Hindi Kalinda.

Our collection of baby names for boys and girls that mean sun are collected here.

  • Aarush

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    A fiery Indian name used enough in the US to make it onto the Top 1000 list in 2010 and 2015.Read More 

  • Aelia

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    This little-known Ancient Roman name might make a fresh spin on the popular Ella, Ayla, Isla contingent. The "ae" is pronounced "ee" (think Aesop's fables).The Annals of Aeliana is a... Read More 

  • Aeliana

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    This female form of the ancient Latin Aelian has an appealing sound, though kids might have a hard time handling that initial "ae" spelling. Just remember that the "ae" is pronounced "ee" (think... Read More 

  • Akosua

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    Akosua means "born on a Sunday," which relates the name to the sun and thus to fire. The Akan people of Ghana and the Ivory Coast frequently name their children after the day of the week they... Read More 

  • Anatole

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    Anatole is one of the unique boys' names with an exotic-ish feel but an uncertain provenance, with a meaning related to sunrise and thus to fire. While it's Greek in origin, it is associated more... Read More 

  • Apollonia

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    This name of a third century Christian martyr has an exotic, appealing feel in the modern world. It first came to American attention via Prince's love interest in the film Purple Rain. ... Read More 

  • Arpina

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    Has a nice fresh, early morning meaning, but not the most mellifluous of sounds. Also spelled Arpineh.Read More 

  • Baskara

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    Though the sound and meaning are appealing, the final "a" makes it sound more feminine than masculine. Outside of its native culture, a gender switch may be permissible.Read More 

  • Cymbeline

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    The title of a Shakespeare play based on legends featuring the early Celtic King Cunobelinus. Rythmic and musical enough to be considered for a girl. Read More 

  • Cyra

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    Cyra is an unusual name that can be pronounced either SEER-a or CY-ra. This name may be a feminine variation of Cyrus but is also a Persian name that stands on its own. One noted bearer is writer... Read More 

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