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

    The name Aarush is a boy's name meaning "first ray of sun". A fiery Indian name used enough in the US to make it onto the Top 1000 list in 2010 and 2015.Read More 

  • Aelia

    The name Aelia is a girl's name meaning "sun". 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... Read More 

  • Aeliana

    The name Aeliana is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "sun". This female form of the ancient Latin Aelian has an appealing sound, though kids might have a hard time handling that initial "ae"... Read More 

  • Akosua

    The name Akosua is a girl's name of African, Ghanan, Ghanaian origin meaning "Born on a Sunday". Akosua means "born on a Sunday," which relates the name to the sun and thus to fire. The Akan... Read More 

  • Anatole

    The name Anatole is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "from the east, rising sun". Anatole is one of the unique boys' names with an exotic-ish feel but an uncertain provenance, with a meaning... Read More 

  • Apollonia

    The name Apollonia is a girl's name of Greek origin. This name of a third century Christian martyr has an exotic, appealing feel in the modern world. It first came to American attention via... Read More 

  • Arpina

    The name Arpina is a girl's name meaning "rising of sun". Has a nice fresh, early morning meaning, but not the most mellifluous of sounds. Also spelled Arpineh.Read More 

  • Baskara

    The name Baskara is a boy's name of Indonesian origin meaning "sun". Though the sound and meaning are appealing, the final "a" makes it sound more feminine than masculine. Outside of its native... Read More 

  • Cymbeline

    The name Cymbeline is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "sun lord". The title of a Shakespeare play based on legends featuring the early Celtic King Cunobelinus. Rythmic and musical enough to... Read More 

  • Cyra

    The name Cyra is a girl's name of Persian origin meaning "sun or throne, or lord". Cyra is an unusual name that can be pronounced either SEER-a or CY-ra. This name may be a feminine variation of... Read More 

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