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Names That Mean Thankful or Gratitude

Names That Mean Thankful or Gratitude

Names that mean thankful or gratitude 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, thankful, 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, ordered by their current popularity on Nameberry

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  1. MilaHeart
    • Origin:

      Slavic, Russian
    • Meaning:

      "gracious; dear"
    • Description:

      Mila is a given name with Russian and Slavic provenance. It began as the diminutive form for names such as Ludmila, Milena, and Milica. Mila can be a nickname for any name containing the element mil, meaning "gracious" or "dear."
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. GiannaHeart
    • Origin:

      Italian, diminutive of Giovanna
    • Meaning:

      "the Lord is gracious"
    • Description:

      Gianna originated as a diminutive for Giovanna—a Latin feminization of John. The root name among these is the Hebrew name Yochanen, meaning "the Lord is gracious." Common nickname include Gia and Gigi, and the English form of Gianna is Joanna.
  5. GiaHeart
    • Origin:

      Italian
    • Meaning:

      "God's gracious gift"
    • Description:

      Gia is a cute if slight name that calls to mind stylish sisters Mia, Lea, Pia, Tia, and Nia. One of the most familiar Italian baby names in the US, Gia is a short form of Gianna, which in turn is a diminutive of Giovanna, the feminine form of Giovanni, the Italian equivalent of John—all of them meaning "God's gracious gift."
  6. EvanHeart
    • Origin:

      Welsh variation of John
    • Meaning:

      "God is gracious"
    • Description:

      Evan has a mellow nice-guy image that has kept it popular, while it has been widely used in Wales since the nineteenth century. And interestingly—and surprisingly—enough, Evan charts highly for boys in France.
  7. SenaHeart
    • Origin:

      Korean; Hindi; Arabic; Ewe
    • 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.
  8. JaydenHeart
    • Origin:

      Variation of Jaden or Jadon, Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "thankful"
    • Description:

      Jayden is a modern spin on the Biblical name Jadon — in the Old Testament, he helped rebuild the walls of Jerusalem — with the same trendy sound as brothers Aiden, Hayden et al.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. OdeliaHeart
    • Origin:

      Hebrew, German
    • Meaning:

      "I will praise the Lord or wealth"
    • Description:

      Pretty Hebrew name that would create a strong but feminine impression, as well as a variant of the Germanic name Odilia or Ottilie.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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, and we think it has potential — "traveling lite" names, or 2 syllable names ending in -i, such as Zuri, Ezri, and Rafi are red-hot right now.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. ThanaHeart
    • Origin:

      Arabic
    • Meaning:

      "death"
    • Description:

      Though the Greek meaning sounds ominous, the mythological god Thanatos was actually a jolly winged creature living in the underworld, so it shouldn't deter you.
  18. IyraHeart
    • Origin:

      Arabic, Urdu or Sanskrit
    • Meaning:

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

      Variant of Ayra
  19. 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.
  20. YoshiHeart
    • Origin:

      Japanese
    • Meaning:

      "good, respectful"
    • Description:

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