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Names That Mean Gratitude or Thanks

Names That Mean Gratitude or Thanks

Names that mean gratitude or thanks may hold particular appeal right now. Gratitude is an important value today, and one that many parents may want to express in name.

Names that mean gratitude, thanks, thanksful, respect, or praise are an international bunch, from many cultures around the world. There are many unique names among those that mean gratitude.

Of course, there are many ways to express gratitude or thanks in a baby name that do not involve choosing a name that literally means gratitude or thanks. You might choose an honor name, for instance. to express gratitude toward a beloved family member or important mentor.

These names take gratitude more literally. Here, a collection of baby names that mean thanks, thankful, or gratitude. You can also return to the complete list of Name Meanings.

JaydenHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Jaden or Jadon, Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "thankful"
  • Description:

    Although there is a genuine Biblical personage named Jadon — in the Old Testament, he helped rebuild the walls of Jerusalem — this version of the name can also be considered a modern invention. Jayden combines the “jay” sound found in the name Jason with the -den suffix used in names such as Aiden and Hayden. Other spellings include Jaydan, Jaydyn, Jaydon, Jaydin, and Jaden.

JudahHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "praised"
  • Description:

    Judah is the strong, resonant Old Testament name of the son of Jacob who was the ancestor of one of the tribes of Israel, and from whom the word Jew is derived. Some of the names' popularity might be attributable to the similarly named Jude Law.

SelahHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "praise, pause"
  • Description:

    The name is derived from the term commonly used in the Book of Psalms, which has a many Hebrew scholars in confusion over its meaning. Given its context in the Bible, Selah is likely to mean “to praise” or “pause and reflect upon what has just been said." Lauryn Hill used this name for her daughter. It is the last word in Anita Diamant's novel The Red Tent.

SenaHeart

  • Origin:

    Korean; Hindi; Arabic; African
  • Meaning:

    "this world's beauty or grace; army; to praise; bringing heaven to earth"
  • Description:

    Sena is one of those names that is as obscure in the Western World as it is simple and straightforward. Sena exists as a name in a range of languages and cultures and may be pronounced like Senna (with a soft e) or Sienna. Sena is also a place name, a surname, the name of several groups of people, and the name of a genus of moth as well as a kind of wine, among other things. The similar Cinna from The Hunger Games may make Sena more plausible as a first name.

JudeHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Judith or variation of Judah
  • Meaning:

    "praised"
  • Description:

    Jude may be a rising boys' name, thanks to Jude Law, but it's also a new way to spin Judy or Judith as well as a name that's long been used quietly for girls as well as boys. Alexis Stewart, daughter of Martha, named her daughter Jude and Jessica Lange plays Sister Jude on American Horror Story.

ZendayaHeart

  • Origin:

    Shona
  • Meaning:

    "to give thanks"
  • Description:

    Zendaya has propelled her unusual African name into the spotlight and up the popularity charts. Zendaya is one of the major baby name influencers of our era. What does Zendaya's name mean? The name Zendaya comes from the word for thanks, Tendai, in the Shona language, spoken in Zimbabwe and southern Zambia. The name Zendaya's popularity is directly connected to this actress-singer's rising celebrity, as it made its first appearance on the US Top 1000 in 2014. It's a distinctive choice, and thanks to our affection for the letter Z and Zendaya's great meaning, more parents are choosing it for their daughters.

JudithHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "woman from Judea"
  • Description:

    The biblical Judith, the fourth most popular name in 1940, may be getting ready for a comeback in its full, elegant, if somewhat solemn form. Many of those earlier Judiths were called Judy—some after Judy (born Frances) Garland—preferring it over their more formal proper name. Today, Judith, like Deborah, may have shaken off just enough to appeal to parents looking for a traditional, yet under-the-radar biblical name. And Jude would be a likelier nickname these days than the Judge Judy connection.

JudasHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek variation of Judah
  • Meaning:

    "praised"
  • Description:

    Though there were two apostles named Judas, everyone remembers the one who betrayed Jesus, and the name has been permanently shunned.

AeneasHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "the praised one"
  • Description:

    He was the legendary son of Venus, hero of Troy and Rome, and broke the heart of Queen Dido of Carthage. Sure, its more challenging than Charlie - but if you're looking this name up, that's probably part of its appeal.

ZimriHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "my music, my praise"
  • Description:

    This unusual and spunky biblical name was one of the Kings of Israel as well as one of Judah's grandsons and has a wonderful meaning. We'd like to see Zimri being used more.

ErwinHeart

  • Origin:

    German
  • Meaning:

    "respected friend"
  • Description:

    One of the many names with a strong "er" sound, like Bertram and Ernest, that was huge in the 1920s and is languishing in style limbo now. One famous bearer is the physicist Erwin Schrödinger, as in Schrödinger's cat.

LalisaHeart

  • Origin:

    Thai
  • Meaning:

    "one who is praised"
  • Description:

    A pretty Thai name famously borne by Thai musical artist Lisa (full name: Lalisa Manoban), whose name was changed in childhood from Pranpriya to Lalisa after she had her fortune told.

OdeliaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "I will praise the Lord"
  • Description:

    Pretty Hebrew name that would create a strong but feminine impression.

SansaHeart

  • Origin:

    Sanskrit
  • Meaning:

    "praise, charm"
  • Description:

    Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin is a master namer, and this unusual choice from India is beginning to be heard in nurseries as well as on television. Sansa was perhaps slower to catch on than other names such as Arya and Khaleesi as Sansa Stark was in the first seasons of the show a weak and compromised character. But she's developed a good measure of backbone and integrity, which makes her lovely name a more attractive possibility. In 2015, 20 baby girls in the US were named Sansa, a number we expect to rise.

OksanaHeart

  • Origin:

    Russian from Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "praise to God"
  • Description:

    Ukrainian figure-skating champion Oksana Baiul made it known here.

MuhammadHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "praiseworthy"
  • Description:

    There are over five hundred names for the Arab prophet who founded the Muslim religion (some of which are listed below), making it the most common boys' name in the world and explaining the Muslim adage, "If you have a hundred sons, name them all Muhammad."

AyraHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic, Urdu or Sanskrit
  • Meaning:

    "respectable, awe-inspiring; or a name for the goddess Saraswati"
  • Description:

    A simple and beautiful name which is well used in India, and certainly has the potential to catch on elsewhere too.

YoshiHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "good, respectful"
  • Description:

    A classic Japanese name known to kids around the world as a Nintendo video-game character.

SamiyaHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "high, exalted, praised"
  • Description:

    Samiya is a name used by parents of both Arabic and African ancestry. Spelling variations include Samiyah, Samiah, and Samia.

IyraHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic, Urdu or Sanskrit
  • Meaning:

    "respectable, awe-inspiring; or a name for the goddess Saraswati"
  • Description:

    Variant of Ayra