Poetic Baby Names

  1. Verse
    • Origin:

      English word name
    • Meaning:

      "verse"
    • Description:

      Writing-related names are starting to become more popular, with names like Poet, Story, and Lyric having been used by many a celebrity. Now it's Verse's turn, as it was recently used by Teen Mom's Kailyn Lowry for her son.
  2. Kavita
    • Origin:

      Hindi, Sanskrit
    • Meaning:

      "poem"
    • Description:

      This Indian girl name not only has a gorgeous sound, it has a wonderful meaning as well — poem or poetry.
  3. Afanasy
    • Origin:

      Russian
    • Meaning:

      "immortal"
    • Description:

      Russian form of the Greek name Athanasius, borne by renowned 19th century Russian poet Afanasy Fet.
  4. Jarrell
    • Origin:

      English and French surname derived from a place-name, Gerville
    • Description:

      Randall Jarrell was an important mid-20th century poet; his surname makes a pleasingly soft name for a girl.
  5. Kealoha
    • Origin:

      Hawaiian
    • Meaning:

      "loved one"
    • Description:

      An appealing Hawaiian name with a lovely meaning and vibrant sound – reminiscent of rising Hawaiian stars Kai, Koa and Kainoa. It derives from the words ke "the" and aloha "love". Keahloha is also a common Hawaiian surname.
  6. Epik
    • Origin:

      Variation of Epic; English word name
    • Meaning:

      "heroic tale or event"
    • Description:

      Epik is a new word name used by Princess Love and Ray J for their baby boy. Fifteen baby boys were named Epic, the usual spelling of the word, last year, so maybe Epik is to Epic as Erik is to Eric. While Epic in the classic sense refers to a long narrative poem, today it's more likely a slang word used in place of grand or amazing.
  7. Neele
    • Origin:

      German, English
    • Description:

      Neele's roots can do in different directions- In Germany, Neele was traditionally a unisex name derived from Cornelia and Cornelius, but today has gone strongly to the girl's side (similar to Evelyn or Ashley today in the US). Neele is also an English surname, such as the British judge Richard Neele and poet Henry Neele.
  8. Millay
    • Origin:

      English literary name
    • Description:

      Pretty and distinctive choice for poetry lovers.
  9. Jarrell
    • Origin:

      German variation of Gerald
    • Description:

      Briefly faddish a few decades ago when Darrell was cool. But does have a creative connection to poet Randall Jarrell.
  10. Stanza
    • Origin:

      Italian
    • Meaning:

      "poetic verse"
  11. Arofan
    • Origin:

      Welsh, meaning unknown
    • Description:

      A seventh-century Welsh poet about whom little more than his name is known.
  12. Caissa
    • Origin:

      Italian invented name
    • Description:

      Caïssa was invented as a goddess of chess by Italian poet Marco Girolamo Vida in 1527. The name is known in the chess community, but not much outside of that.
  13. Arna
    • Origin:

      Diminutive of Arnaud, French
    • Meaning:

      "ruler; strong as an eagle"
    • Description:

      The male usage of Arna comes from Arnaud, the French translation of Arnold. Arnaud and Arna were historically used in Creole-speaking Louisiana. Harlem Renaissance poet Arna Bontemps was born in Alexandria, Louisiana in 1902.
  14. Majnun
    • Origin:

      Arabic
    • Meaning:

      "mad, possessed"
    • Description:

      The old Arabic tale of Layla and Majnun has been called "the Romeo and Juliet of the East". The seventh-century poet Qays ibn al-Mullawah was nicknamed Majnun, "madman", because of his obsessive pursuit of his childhood love, Layla. This is as problematic now as it was then, but a positive spin on the name could have it signifying fervor and devotion.
  15. Polyhymnia
    • Origin:

      Greek
    • Meaning:

      "one of many praises"
    • Description:

      Polyhymnia was one of the nine Muses of Greek mythology, associated with hymns, poetry, and dance. It's a whole lotta name for one girl, but now that Persephone and Calliope are on the table, Polyhymnia feels like much more of a possibility.
  16. Mererid
    • Origin:

      Welsh
    • Meaning:

      "pearl"
    • Description:

      Welsh form of Margaret, borne by Mererid Hopwood, the first female poet to win the chair at the National Eisteddfod.
  17. Phillis
    • Origin:

      Spelling variation of Phyllis, Greek
    • Meaning:

      "green bough"
    • Description:

      The Phillis spelling of this once-popular name lives on thanks to Phillis Wheatley, the first African-American to publish a book of poetry, in the 18th century.
  18. Ottava
    • Origin:

      Word name from the Latin
    • Meaning:

      "eight"
    • Description:

      In literature, the Ottava rima is a form of poetry. Alternatively, Ottava could be used as a variation of Octavia.
  19. Publius
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "of the people"
    • Description:

      An ancient Roman forename that has never been on the modern American charts. Famous bearers include Publius Vergilius Maro (the poet Virgil), Publius Ovidius Naso (the poet Ovid), and Publius Aelius Hadrianus (the Emperor Hadrian, of wall fame).
  20. Speranza
    • Origin:

      Judeo-Italian
    • Meaning:

      "hope"
    • Description:

      The 19th-century Irish poet Jane Wilde (mother of Oscar Wilde) adopted Speranza as her nom de plume. The name also appears in Spenser’s The Faerie Queene, as one of the three virtues: Fidelia (Faith), Speranza (Hope), and Charissa (Charity) — daughters of Caelia (Heavenly). Related to Esperance (French) and Esperanza (Spanish).