Poetic Baby Names

  1. Sanelma
    • Origin:

      Finnish
    • Meaning:

      "story, poem"
    • Description:

      Sanelma is an invented Finnish name derived from the verb sanella, meaning "to dictate."
  2. Spenser
    • Vision
      • Origin:

        English word name
      • Meaning:

        "the state of being able to see"
      • Description:

        This newly-minted gender neutral word name has a spiritual and creative feel. It was given to 6 baby girls and 13 boys in 2021.
    • Villemo
      • Origin:

        Swedish, literary name
      • Description:

        Invented by Swedish author August Strindberg for a 1909 poem of the same name, this quirky choice is rare even in its native land but would make for an extremely eye-catching choice outside it. It may be based on Vellamo, a Finnish sea goddess.
    • 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.
    • Dickinson
      • Origin:

        English
      • Meaning:

        "son of Dick"
      • Description:

        Dickinson is a possibility for Richard's boy, though that Dick nickname is problematic no matter how you get to it.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Poetic
      • Origin:

        English word name
      • Description:

        Poet is one of the most stylish, stand-out occupational names, and Poetic puts a fresh spin on this artsy, lyrical choice.
    • Poetic
      • Origin:

        English word name
      • Description:

        Poet is one of the most stylish, stand-out occupational names, and Poetic puts a fresh spin on this artsy, lyrical choice.