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Five Syllable Baby Names

Five syllable baby names are a rare and refined bunch, with an elaborate charm and plenty of nickname potential. Long first names provide the perfect balance for a short surname or middle name, and give your child plenty of options as they move through life.

Five syllable names that have ranked near the top of the US charts in recent years include Anastasia and Alexandria for girls and Emiliano and Maximilian for boys. But most five syllable baby names are uncommon or unique, with intriguing options like Apollonia, Cassiopeia, Michelangelo and Napoleone never in the US Top 1000.

Four-syllable baby names may prove to be a lot of name for a youngster to carry, but many four-syllable names come with shorter, cuter nicknames. Evangelina may be Evie or Lina, Maximilian can go by Max, and Ozymandias could use the awesome nickname Ozzy.

Here is our collection of the best five syllable baby names today.
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AnastasiaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek, feminine variation of Anastasios
  • Meaning:

    "resurrection"
  • Description:

    Anastasia is the feminine form on Anastasius, a Greek name derived from the word anastasis, meaning “resurrection.” It was a common name among early Christians, who often gave it to daughters born around Christmas or Easter. There are handful of saints named Anastasia, including the patron saint of weavers.

CassiopeiaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek mythology name
  • Description:

    Cassiopeia, the name of a mythological mother who became a stellar constellation, is challenging but intriguing, and has all those softening Cass nicknames available. With the rise of other otherworldly and mythical choices, from Apollo to Jupiter to Juno, Cassiopeia may just feel more possible for mortals now than ever before in its long history.

MaximilianHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "greatest"
  • Description:

    This name once seemed a bit grand and pompous for an American baby boy, but a significant number of parents are now preferring it as a substantial platform for the nickname Max, among them Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, who chose it for their twin son.

EmilianoHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian and Spanish variation of Emil
  • Meaning:

    "work"
  • Description:

    Emiliano and Emilio are the appealing Latinate version of Emil. Emiliano Zapata Salazar was a leading figure in the Mexican Revolution, who helped establish modern Mexico.

TheodosiaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "giving to God"
  • Description:

    This feminine form of Theodosius has long been buried deep in the attic, but might be a good discovery for the parent who wants to move beyond Theodora. Vice President Aaron Burr named a daughter Theodosia ("Dear Theodosia" is a song in the smash musical Hamilton), and it was the birth name of silent screen vamp Theda Bara. Theodosia actually appeared on the US popularity lists in the 1880s and 90s.
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ApolloniaHeart

  • Origin:

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

    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.

DionysiusHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek mythology name
  • Description:

    Dionysius derives from Dionysus, the Greek god of wine, revelry and fertility. This Romanized spelling has been used for poets, soldiers, and saints throughout the centuries, but is hardly ever seen today.

EleonoraHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian, German, Dutch, and Polish variation of Eleanor
  • Description:

    Makes a serious name frilly and feminine, which, depending on your viewpoint, might be a good or a bad thing. In this case, we vote good.

AlexandriaHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Alexandra, Greek
  • Meaning:

    "defending men"
  • Description:

    Alexandria turns Alexandra into a more distinctive place-name, in both Egypt and Virginia.

ArtemisiaHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Artemis, Greek mythology name
  • Description:

    You might think Artemisia is the feminine form of the name, but in fact the original Artemis is feminine too, the name of the Greek mythological goddess of the moon. Artemisia Gentileschi was an esteemed Italian Baroque painter, unusual in an era when not many women were acknowledged. Artemisia is also a genus of plants which include sagebrush and tarragon.
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EmilianaHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian variation of Emily
  • Meaning:

    "rival"
  • Description:

    The enormous popularity of Emily and Emma means that parents will be looking further afield for substitutes -- and this is one of the prettiest.

LeocadiaHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "splendid brightness"
  • Description:

    Leocadia marries a mix of sounds: the strength of a lion, with a rhythmic Latin ending.

EkaterinaHeart

  • Origin:

    Slavic variation of Catherine
  • Meaning:

    "pure"
  • Description:

    This exotic variation was publicized by Olympic skater Ekaterina Gordeeva. Though it's intriguing, it's sure to cause confusion in any English speaking country and in the U.S., all Katrina-sounding names are off the table since the devastating hurricane. Better to go with one of the Katherine variations or another Slavic or Russian name.

SerendipityHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "unexpected good fortune"
  • Description:

    A unique virtue name with a sound as happy and lively as its meaning.

IphigeniaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "of royal birth"
  • Description:

    In mythology, Iphigenia was sacrificed by her father, Agamemnon -- a difficult legacy to pass on to a daughter, and only one reason the name is hardly ever used.
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TheophaniaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "Of Divine Manifestation"
  • Description:

    This ancient name, belonging to a Byzantine empress, may be difficult to wear. The English variation Tiffany may be more wearable.

OzymandiasHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek variant of Ramesses
  • Description:

    Percy Bysshe Shelley got the name for one of his most famous poems -- a sonnet about the insignificance of man's labors in the vastness of time -- from the Greek name for Ancient Egyptian pharaoh Ramesses II. Ozymandias has seldom been used as a first name for baby boys, and it's not hard to see why. Five ponderous syllables are a lot to bear.

CaledoniaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin place-name for Scotland
  • Meaning:

    "hard or rocky land"
  • Description:

    Caledonia is a rhythmic and exotic place-name used by singer Shawn Colvin for her daughter. It would make an interesting and apt choice for a girl with Scottish ancestry.

MichelangeloHeart

  • Origin:

    Combination of Michael and Angelo
  • Description:

    The ultimate artist's name would make an unforgettable impression. It's the first name of famed Italian director Antonioni.
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AurelianoHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian
  • Meaning:

    "gold"
  • Description:

    Italian variation of Aurelius.

AlexandrinaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek, variation of Alexandra,
  • Meaning:

    "defending men"
  • Description:

    Alexandrina is the most elaborate and unusual of the Alex- girls's names.The real first name of Queen Victoria, who was given it in honor of her godfather, Alexander I of Russia (her childhood nickname was Drina), it would make a distinctive pick, even though some might find five syllables a bit much. It was particularly popular in Scotland in the 1930s.

ViridianaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "green"
  • Description:

    Viridiana is a frillier version of the medieval name Viridis, meaning green. Viridiana briefly made it into the top 1000 in the US in the 1990s.

HieronymusHeart

  • Origin:

    German variation of Jerome
  • Meaning:

    "sacred name"
  • Description:

    This cognate of Jerome (of all things), familiar via the Dutch painter of fantastical scenes, H. Bosch, would appeal only to the most audacious, intrepid, attention-seeking baby namer. It is, however, still used in Germany, especially in Catholic Bavaria and in the north German Rhineland.

LouisianaHeart

  • Origin:

    French place-name
  • Description:

    Louisiana is a geographic spin on the Louise theme. Pretty, if a bit of a syllable overload. Short form Lou or Lulu lightens it.
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AbyssiniaHeart

  • Origin:

    African place-name
  • Description:

    Abyssinia is the ancient name of the Ethiopian Empire, no longer found on any map but with a possible future as a melodic girls' name in the ever-expanding place-name category. Among African names for girls, this one is undiscovered.

ElisabettaHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian variation of Elizabeth
  • Meaning:

    "pledged to God"
  • Description:

    This version softens, feminizes, and glamorizes the long-time favorite. A fresh way to honor Grandma Betty. Elizabetta is a variation.

AnnunciataHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "annunciation"
  • Description:

    A religious name, referring to the announcement by the Virgin Mary that she was with child.

DesiderioHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "desired one"
  • Description:

    Desiderio was the full name of the Cuban bandleader who famously Loved Lucy. There was also a Saint Desiderio. Major attraction: the great nickname Desi.

VercingetorixHeart

  • Origin:

    Gaulish
  • Meaning:

    "king over warriors"
  • Description:

    An ancient Gaulish king with a cumbersome name and history. Vercingetorix was the leader of the Arverni tribe, who united the Gauls in a revolt against Roman forces during Julius Caesar's Gallic Wars. He was ultimately defeated, brought to Rome, and executed.
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EmanueleHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian variation of Emmanuel, Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "God is with us"
  • Description:

    A fresh, Italianized take on the Hebrew classic Emmanuel. But beware of the similarities to the feminine name Emmanuelle.

AnamariaHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish, Portuguese and Romanian combination of Ana and Maria
  • Meaning:

    "grace + drop of the sea, bitter, or beloved"
  • Description:

    Variant of Annemarie

QuetzalcoatlHeart

  • Origin:

    Nahuatl, Native American
  • Meaning:

    "feathered snake"
  • Description:

    The creator god of the sky, wind, and knowledge in Aztec mythology, also associated with the morning star. In Mesoamerican myth Quetzalcoatl is also a mythical hero from whom almost all Mesoamerican peoples claim descent.
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AthanasiusHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "immortal"
  • Description:

    A weighty Greek name borne by several early saints and patriarchs of Alexandria.
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PhiladelphiaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek place-name
  • Meaning:

    "brotherly love"
  • Description:

    Place-name mentioned in the New Testament and not yet on the name map. Philadelphia Thursday was the character played by Shirley Temple in John Ford's 1948 "Fort Apache."
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AristophanesHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "of perfect appearance"
  • Description:

    A dramatic name which – fittingly – belonged to an Ancient Greek playwright, known as the father of comedy.

MaximilienneHeart

  • Origin:

    Female variation of Maximilian
  • Description:

    Vies with Maximiliana for the title of most obscure Maximilian variant. You could argue that both were made obsolete by Jessica Simpson's use of Maxwell for her daughter.

CandelariaHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "Candlemas"
  • Description:

    A bright and appealing Spanish name traditionally given to honor the church festival of Candlemas, which commemorates the presentation of Christ in the temple and the purification of the Virgin Mary.
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