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Names That Mean Sun

Names That Mean Sun
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 Oriana, 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.

CyrusHeart

  • Origin:

    Persian
  • Meaning:

    "sun"
  • Description:

    Very popular in the Iranian community, this name of the founder of the Persian Empire has had a more down-home, corncob pipe-smoking image for most Americans in the past, but this has begun to change.

ElioHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian, Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "sun"
  • Description:

    Elio is a sunny and spirited Italian and Spanish name that makes a great crossover prospect, which could catch on as Enzo has. Elio is also currently popular in France, ranking in the Top 250.

ApolloHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek mythology name
  • Description:

    With mythological names rising, the handsome son of Zeus and god of medicine, music, and poetry among many other things might offer an interesting, if high-pressure, option. But if Romeo and Venus are now deemed baby-appropriate, why not Apollo? Olympic speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno might inspire some parents. And now that it's been chosen by Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale, it could take off as their first son's name—Kingston—has.

SoleilHeart

  • Origin:

    French
  • Meaning:

    "sun"
  • Description:

    An attractive French word name known here via former child TV star Soleil Moon Frye, aka Punky Brewster. It started to be lightly used in the U.S. in the 1920s and is now attracting some attention as both a sunny nature and an international word name. It's currently in the Nameberry Top 500.

ElianaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "my God has answered"
  • Description:

    The Hebrew variation of Eliana was taken from the elements el, meaning "God" and ana, meaning "answered." Eliana also has roots as a variation of the Late Latin name Aeliana, a feminization of the male given name Aelianus, itself derived from the Roman family name Aelius. Aelius is related to the Greek word helios, which refers to the Sun.

SamsonHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "sun"
  • Description:

    With the prevailing popularity of Samuel, some parents are considering this more (literally) powerful biblical name, which shares the desirable nickname of Sam.

MarisolHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish, contracted form of Maria de la Soledad
  • Meaning:

    "Mary of Solitude"
  • Description:

    Marisol is a favorite Spanish name for girls, and an excellent candidate to cross the culture line, a la Soledad and Paz.

OrianaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "dawn"
  • Description:

    Oriana is a dashing medieval name, with a meaning similar to Aurora. At this point, though, Oriana is much more unusual than Aurora and makes a unique choice if you're searching for names that mean new beginnings or dawn.

SolHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "sun"
  • Description:

    Although pinochle-playing partner Sam came out of retirement, we don't see it happening to Sol. Near soundalike Saul has more of a shot.

CyraHeart

  • Origin:

    Persian or Greek
  • Meaning:

    "sun or throne, or lord"
  • Description:

    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 Cyra McFadden.

SunnyHeart

  • Origin:

    English nickname
  • Description:

    Upbeat nickname-name that can't help but make you smile. You might want to use it as a short form for a more "serious" name such as Sunniva, but Sunny is undeniably, well, sunny.

SolanaHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "sunshine"
  • Description:

    A bright and warm possibility for a summertime girl, Solana has been heard in a few video games. Solana Rowe is the real name of the singer known as SZA.

SundayHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name
  • Description:

    Sunday is among the most usable of the day names, with its sunny opening syllable, made famous when Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban chose it for their newborn daughter. Although it had been widely written that Kidman and Urban named their baby after art patron Sunday Reed, Kidman recently was quoted saying that was a myth, they just liked the name. There were 34 baby girls named Sunday last year, but perhaps more parents will be inspired by the Kidman-Urban choice.

AarushHeart

  • Origin:

    Hindi
  • Meaning:

    "first ray of sun"
  • Description:

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

ElianHeart

  • Origin:

    Dutch variation of Elijah
  • Description:

    This variation has the popular Eli (or for femalies Elli) prefix and nickname.

IdaliaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "behold the sun"
  • Description:

    A pretty, if unusual choice for a summer baby, particularly a girl with an ancestor named Ida. An epithet of the goddess Aphrodite, Idalia is derived from the Greek place name Idalion

ApolloniaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek, Feminine variation of Apollo, Greek sun god.
  • Description:

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

SunshineHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name
  • Description:

    Sunshine was seen as a quintessential hippie name of the 70s, reaching as high as Number 536 in 1975. Now such names are making a bit of a retro comeback, seen, for example, as a character on Glee.

RaviHeart

  • Origin:

    Hindi
  • Meaning:

    "conferring"
  • Description:

    A title of the Hindu sun god, made cross-culturally famous by sitar player Ravi Shankar.

ApollineHeart

  • Origin:

    French form of Apollonia
  • Description:

    Apolline is a luscious French name chic in Paris and ripe for the plucking in the English-speaking world. Derived from the mythological name Apollo, the name may mean strength; Apollo was the god of sun and light. Apolline is a perfect choice for those attracted to the name Apple who don't want to go quite that far.

HelioHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "the sun"
  • Description:

    More familiar to English speakers in the Italian Elio form.

AnatoleHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "from the east, rising sun"
  • Description:

    Anatole is one of the unique boys' names with an unusual-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 closely with France. Anatole Kuragin is a dashing, roguish prince in Tolstoy's War and Peace.

SolveigHeart

  • Origin:

    Scandinavian
  • Meaning:

    "the strong house or daughter of the sun"
  • Description:

    Common in Scandinavia, this name has rarely come to our shores. The name of the heroine in Ibsen's Peer Gynt, Solveig is currently a widely-used name in Norway. Pronounced authentically, with a silent 'g', it becomes much more appealing.

SuryaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hindi
  • Meaning:

    "sun god"
  • Description:

    Graceful Indian choice that may sound feminine to the Western ear but is in fact the name of a male god. One form of worship of Surya that may be familiar to Westerners is the sun salutation in yoga.

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.

AelianaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "sun"
  • Description:

    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 Aesop's fables).The Annals of Aeliana is a children's fantasy series by Ryan Watters. The meaning is uncertain but is thought to derive from the Greek helios, which means sun.

RaHeart

  • Origin:

    Egyptian
  • Meaning:

    "sun"
  • Description:

    The name of the sun god of Egyptian mythology could only be used in combination with a longer name.

SolangeHeart

  • Origin:

    French
  • Meaning:

    "solemn"
  • Description:

    This is a soft, soignée French girls' namethat has become familiar here via singer Solange Knowles, younger sister of Beyonce.

HarukiHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "spring child"
  • Description:

    Japanese writer Haruki Murakami, well known in the U. S. , might inspire some namesakes.

SolarisHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "of the Sun"
  • Description:

    A surprisingly modern word name, only recorded since the 20th century, Solaris is also the title of a 1961 science fiction novel by Polish author Stanisław Lem, which has been adapted for the big screen several times. An unexpected route to cool-guy nickname Sol.

SavitaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hindi
  • Meaning:

    "sun"
  • Description:

    Savita is among the most popular Hindi names for girls, and one that could easily immigrate. Want more ideas? How about the Italian or Spanish Sarita or the simplified Vita or the Scandinavian Sunniva?

SulienHeart

  • Origin:

    Welsh
  • Meaning:

    "sun born"
  • Description:

    Said to be the name of the most learned man in ancient Wales, in this country it would be open to mispronunciation, making it rhyme with Julien.

AeliaHeart

  • Origin:

    Roman
  • Meaning:

    "sun"
  • Description:

    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 children's fantasy series by Ryan Watters. The meaning is thought to derive from the Greek helios, or sun.

CymbelineHeart

  • Origin:

    Celtic
  • Meaning:

    "sun lord or sun hound"
  • Description:

    The title of a Shakespeare play based on legends featuring the early Celtic King Cunobelinus, whose name derives from the Gaulish sun god Belenus.

IshaanHeart

  • Origin:

    Hindi
  • Meaning:

    "the sun"
  • Description:

    Ishaan is the guardian of the Northeast in the Hindu religion.

SampsonHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "sun"
  • Description:

    This name, once considered overly powerful due to the superhuman strength of the biblical figure, is now an option for parents in search of an unusual route to Sam. But you really don't need that p: Samson will do.

NadaHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "dew at sunrise"
  • Description:

    Since it's also Spanish for "nothing," this name wouldn't be great for a girl's self-esteem.

HeliaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "sun"
  • Description:

    Most parents would prefer Delia, Lelia, or Amelia.

ElianeHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Eliana, Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "sun"
  • Description:

    Eliane is a melodic name with the very fashionable El- beginning. Lovely and lilting as it is, be aware that there are many El- variations around these days, and little girls called Ellie as a result.

FinloHeart

  • Origin:

    Manx
  • Meaning:

    "fair Lugh"
  • Description:

    FInlo is a name from the Isle of Man, deriving from that island's pagan Sun God, Lugh. Given the popularity of all names Finn/Finley etc, Finlo could be a great alternative for people who love the "Fin" sound but want a more unusual name.

HaloHeart

  • Origin:

    American word name
  • Description:

    Being a modern word, Halo didn’t become used as a name until around the nineteenth century. Halo is now mostly given to girls, and has become more common since the Halo video game series was released in 2001, in which Halo rings are huge structures used as weapons, but do have a religious connection. A space age virtue name and possible honour name for Gloria.

SoleyHeart

  • Origin:

    Icelandic nature name, variation of Sólja, Faroese
  • Meaning:

    "buttercup"
  • Description:

    Sóley is the Icelandic word for the buttercup flower, derived from the words meaning "sun" and "island." It is also used on the Faroe Islands as a short form of Sólja.

SolarisHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "of the Sun"
  • Description:

    A surprisingly modern word name, only recorded since the 20th century, Solaris is also the title of a 1961 science fiction novel by Polish author Stanisław Lem, which has been adapted for the big screen several times. An unexpected route to Sol or Solly as nicknames.

SolaraHeart

  • Origin:

    English from Latin
  • Meaning:

    "of the sun"
  • Description:

    An English innovation based on Latin solaris "of the sun", or on its English cognate "solar". Toyota used it for one of its cars, and Mila Kunis played a character by the name in the 2010 post-apocalyptic action film The Book of Eli.

YokoHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "good girl"
  • Description:

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

MirriHeart

  • Origin:

    Australian Aboriginal
  • Meaning:

    "the sun"
  • Description:

    This cute as a button name stems from the Goonayandi word for the sun and can be used as a unisex name.

SuriaHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Surya, Hindi
  • Meaning:

    "sun god"
  • Description:

    The graceful Indian Suria or Surya may remind Americans more of little Miss Suri Cruise than of the pantheon of Hindi gods and goddesses.

ArpinaHeart

  • Origin:

    Armenian
  • Meaning:

    "rising of sun"
  • Description:

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

DomingoHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "born on a Sunday"
  • Description:

    Commonly heard in Hispanic cultures, a rhythmic possibility here.

AkosuaHeart

  • Origin:

    Twi
  • Meaning:

    "Born on a Sunday"
  • Description:

    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 were born and the order in which they were born. Most Ghanans have a name using this system (think Kofi Annan, whose name means born on a Friday). Akosua is the name for girls born on a Sunday. The name for boys born on a Sunday is Kwasi.
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