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  • Names All Your Friends Will Think Are Cool

    By Emma Waterhouse

    Cool baby names can be cool for a number of reasons: they might contain fashionable sounds, like V, X or Z; they might have a cool pop culture connection; or they might just be a little bit edgy and hipster. Many of the cool baby names in our list are outside of the US Top 1000.

    Celebrity parents are the masters of cool and unique baby names, from edgy word names for boys like Fox and Bear, to cute and quirky names for girls, like Clementine and Tallulah.

    If you're looking for a super cool baby name that all your friends will wish they'd thought of first, our list of awesome eye-catching baby names for boys and girls is a great place to start!

  • Names from Harry Potter

    The boy and girl names from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling are among the most inventive and inspired in literature since Charles Dickens created Pip and Oliver Twist. Rowling is credited with making names such as Luna and Arabella the hits they are today.

    Along with Luna and Arabella, other Harry Potter names in the US Top 1000 include Alice, Augustus, Cedric, Helena, Marjorie, Orion, Reginald, and Seamus. Less common Harry Potter baby names that might appeal to American parents include Ginny, Phineas, Pomona, and Sybil.

    From Draco Malfoy to Severus Snape, from Hermione to Harry himself, Harry Potter names often hail from history and might inspire names for your modern baby.

  • Names Girls Love Having

    What little girl wouldn't want to be named Princess? Or, next best thing, Belle or Jasmine. You can count on your young child to thank you for giving her one of these names, though a teenage or grownup daughter may wish for something a bit less fanciful.

  • Names Inspired by The Beatles

    The Beatles, widely considered the most iconic band in music history, recorded over 300 songs, many of which mentioned names. If you're a Beatles fan or looking for musical information for your baby's name, here is a list of baby names inspired by the Beatles' music and band members.

  • Names No Boy May Be Cool Enough For

    You have to be pretty damn cool to name your kid Elmer, cool in that I-like-it-and-I-don't-care-what-the-world-thinks kind of way. Except you're not the one who's going to have to deal with having the name Elmer when you play Little League. You're not the one who's going to have to introduce yourself as Elmer to girls at parties. In fact, if you think it's so cool, maybe you should change your own name to Elmer rather than laying it on a poor little kid. The point: While we can appreciate the contrarian cool inherent in these clunky names, we fear that few children at this point in time are cool enough actually to live with them.

  • Names No Girl May Be Cool Enough For

    You have to be pretty darn cool to name your kid Hortense, cool in that I-like-it-and-I-don't-care-what-the-world-thinks kind of way. Except you're not the one who's going to have to deal with having the name Hortense when you play soccer. You're not the one who's going to have to introduce yourself as Hortense to boys at parties.

    In fact, if you think it's so cool, maybe you should change your own name to Hortense rather than laying it on a poor little kid. The point: While we can appreciate the contrarian cool inherent in these clunky names, we fear that few children at this point in time are cool enough actually to live with them.

  • Names That Mean Air

    Names that mean air reference the sky, the wind, the weather, even the breath we take. Air names are ethereal and celestial. Many of the baby names meaning air are word names such as Aura and Sky, but other names have more subtle air meanings hidden in their ancient roots.

    Along with Blue and Sky, names with airy meanings that rank in the US Top 1000 include Luna, Lyra, and Iris. Unique names that mean air on the rise range from the surname Guthrie to the word name Storm to the ancient Greek Nephele.

    Names with air-related meanings work for babies born under the air signs of the zodiac: Aquarius, Gemini, and Libra. Here are a range of baby names for girls and boys that mean air, sky, clouds, weather, and other aspects of the celestial realm.

  • Names That Mean Beautiful

    By Pamela Redmond

    Baby names that mean beautiful come from a range of cultures and represent a variety of styles. Beautiful baby names might literally mean beauty or beautiful, such as Astrid and Bella, but also includes those with meanings like handsome and fair.

    Along with Astrid and Bella, other names meaning beautiful in the US Top 1000 include Alana, Beau, Bonnie, Ingrid, Jamal, Jolie, Memphis, and Zain. Other intriguing names that mean beautiful include Mika, Nomi, Callista, and Rumi.

    A meaning of beautiful or pretty is one that appeals to many parents of baby girls, and what would a little girl like more than a name denoting beauty? But there are also boy names with the meaning of beautiful or handsome, qualities prized in either gender. Here are some baby names that for boys and girls that mean beautiful.

  • Names That Mean Blessed

    Baby names meaning blessed and names that mean blessing may have a religious connotation to you or may simply mean gifted in any number of ways. Blessed is a meaning fitting names of different origins and styles for both girls and boys. Along with names that mean blessing, blessed or bless, we also include here names that mean gift, such as Dorothy and Jesse.

    Along with Dorothy and Jesse, other names that mean blessed in the US Top 1000 include Asher, Beatrice, Bennett, Jonathan, Matthew, Matthias, Nathaniel, and Theodore. Other blessed baby names that could appeal include Branwen, Isidore, Theodora, and Zebedee.

    You may want to reflect the sentiment that your child is a blessing in his or her name. Names meaning blessed include the following.

  • Names That Mean Dark

    Expecting a baby with dark hair, or eyes, or skin, or simply looking for a name that means (or suggests) darkness? You could search for names that literally mean black, dark, or night. Or you might prefer to browse for names that suggest dark things, such as Jett or Raven.

    Along with Jett and Raven, other dark baby names in the US Top 1000 include Blake, Colton, Delaney, Kiera, Layla, Melanie, Phoenix, and Sullivan. Many word names conjure images of darkness, such as Ebony, Mahogany, Sable, and Midnight itself.

    The names here either mean dark or reference dark things or nighttime and would be perfect for a brown-eyed baby girl or dark-haired baby boy.

  • Names That Mean Dawn

    Baby names that mean dawn appeal on both a literal and a symbolic level. Dawn might mean a new beginning for your family or your child's emergence into the world. You might want a name that means dawn for a child that's born at sunrise or early in the morning. Dawn might mean a new attitude, a new realization, a new way of life. Included here are also the names of gods and goddesses and other notable figures associated with the dawn. Of course, a name meaning dawn might simply relate to the newness associated with any brand-new life. In this group of names that mean dawn, we also include names for girls and boys that mean sun, names that mean new day, names that mean light and names meaning bright, names that mean gold, names that mean morning, and names that mean early.

  • Names That Mean Earth

    Baby names with earth-related meanings might be perfect for a child born under one of the earth signs of the zodiac: Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn. Earthy names might literally mean earth, stone, or ground, such as Adam or Jade, or they may refer to places and characteristics of the earth. Earth-related heroes and mythological figures related to the earth can inspire earth names too.

    Along with Adam and Jade, other names that mean earth in the US Top 1000 include Aaron, Axton, Clay, Gemma, Mason, Mira, Ruby, and Sierra. Other earthy baby names worth considering include Everest, Gardener, Ione, and Petra.

    Earth names might appeal to parents who are gardeners, mountain climbers, or ecologists. One of these names that mean earth can offer stability and ground your child.

  • Names That Mean Fair

    Baby names that mean fair are perfect for light-toned or blonde-haired babies. Many fair baby names originated in Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, where pale-skinned children were common. Names for fair babies include those with more conspicuous ties to lightness, like Whitney and Fairchild, as well as names with subtler connections, such as Fiona and Banning. If you’re expecting a fair baby, these names are worth your consideration.

  • Names That Mean Faith

    Names that mean faith, belief, or devotion are often rooted in centuries-old religions and cultures.

    Faith itself is the top name meaning faith or belief. Along with Faith, other names meaning devotion and faith in the US Top 1000 include Caleb, Vera, Imani, Loyal, Truman, and True.

    Unique baby names meaning faith include Dillon, Fidelia,, and Tru.

    Here are all the names for baby girls and baby boys meaning faith, belief, and devotion.

  • Names That Mean Fame and Fortune

    Baby names meaning fame or fortune might not be able to bless your child with these covetable attributes, but they can certainly give him or her something to aspire to. Names meaning famous, fortunate, or wealthy come from a wide range of cultures and can fit many different styles. Consider these famous names for your child if your dreams for them include the limelight.

  • Names That Mean Fire

    by Pamela Redmond

    Baby names that mean fire are a diverse group, from a range of cultures ancient and modern, representing different feelings and styles. Fire names might literally mean fire or fiery or blaze or sun . They might also be the names of gods or goddesses of fire or the sun or have other fire-related associations, like Ember and Phoenix.

    Along with Ember and Phoenix, girl names that mean fire in the US Top 1000 include Bridget and McKenna. Along with the super-popular Aiden and Hayden, boy names that mean fire in the US Top 1000 include Apollo, Blaze, Cole, Cyrus, Hugo, and Tyson.

    Unique and rare names with fire meanings for boys and girl include Elio, Fintan, Seraphina, and Soleil.

    Names with fire meanings can work for babies born under the zodiac fire signs of Aries, Leo, or Sagittarius. A fire name might be appropriate for a red-haired baby, or one with a fiery temperament. Baby names that mean fire include the following.

  • Names That Mean Freedom or Free

    Baby names meaning freedom or free might inspire your child to reach for the stars, liberating him or her to be whatever she chooses.

    The top names meaning free are Charles and Francis and their many variations, including Charlotte, Charlie, Francesca and Frankie.

    Free or freedom or liberation or adventure is a positive name meaning, underscoring your belief in your child's free will and unlimited destiny. There are names that mean free for girls and boys, as well as names with freedom meanings that are gender neutral. If you're interested in a name that means freedom, you can find one in any style and with many origins.

    Browse our collection of names that mean free or freedom.

  • Names That Mean Friend or Friendly

    All these baby names have meanings that relate to friends or friendship—something we're sure you wish for your child. Names that mean friend represent a range of cultures and styles. Friendliness is a positive quality to invest in your baby's name. Names for a friendly baby include those like Arden, Jeb, and Sameria. Browse these names that mean friend or friendly.

  • Names That Mean Gift

    Baby names meaning gift might reference your child being a gift from God or from the universe, a gift for your family or for the world. A name meaning gift might also imply the gifts your child may receive from God, nature, and from his or her loved ones. And of course, a perfect name is the most important gift you can give your child.

  • Names That Mean Gold, Yellow, or Orange

    Baby names that mean gold, yellow, or orange are an elite group, evoking the warm glow of these rich, beautiful colors.

    The top name meaning gold today is Aurelia, one of the legion of Ancient Roman names back in style. Along with Aurelia, names with golden meanings finding visibility include Blaine, Flavia, Orla, Paz, Aurelio and Aurelius.

    A name meaning gold or yellow might be right for a baby with blond hair or one born under the sign of Leo. A golden name might also be right for a baby born at dawn or on a brilliantly sunny day, or for a child with a golden personality.

  • Names That Mean Gold, Yellow, or Orange

    Baby names that mean gold, yellow, or orange are an elite group, evoking the warm glow of these rich, beautiful colors.

    The top name meaning gold today is Aurelia, one of the legion of Ancient Roman names back in style. Along with Aurelia, names with golden meanings finding visibility include Blaine, Flavia, Orla, Paz, Aurelio and Aurelius.

    A name meaning gold or yellow might be right for a baby with blond hair or one born under the sign of Leo. A golden name might also be right for a baby born at dawn or on a brilliantly sunny day, or for a child with a golden personality.

    Along with baby names that mean yellow or gold, included here are names taken from elements of nature that are yellow or gold, such as Lemon and Daffodil.

  • Names That Mean Good or Kind

    Kindness is a quality that all parents hope to imbue in their children. We’ve added all the names that mean goodness and kindness in this list. Good and kind baby names can also be related to concepts such as gentleness and generosity. If you are in need of names for a kind baby, one of these could be perfect for you.

  • Names That Mean Grace

    Baby names meaning grace imply beauty, gentleness, and kindness. Grace or gracious is a lovely meaning for a name for both girls and boys.

    Grace itself is the top name meaning grace. Along with Grace, names that mean grace in the US Top 1000 include Jane, Anne, Hannah, Nancy, and Joanna for girls, and John, Jack, Evan, Ian, and Shane for boys.

    Unique baby names meaning grace or gracious that make our recommended list include Amara, Anouk, Engracia, Sian, and Siobhan for girls, along with Ivlan, Milan, and Esmond for boys.

    You may hope your child possesses physical grace but perhaps more important is grace of personality and of spirit. Names with grace in the meaning often reference God -- John and all the names that stem from it, for instance, mean "God is gracious" -- but not always.

    If you love the meaning of grace or you're looking for a name that will inspire grace and graciousness in your child, browse this list of names that mean grace for girls and boys.

  • Names That Mean Green

    by Sophie Kihm

    Names that mean green embody that color's qualities of youth, freshness, and the natural world.

    The top girl name that means green is Chloe, a Greek name meaning “young green shoot”. Hunter, a rich, dark shade of green is the top for boys.

    Along with Chloe and Hunter, other names with green meanings in the US Top 1000 include Daphne, Esme, India, Jade, Kelly, Laurel, Olive, and Silas. While not as common, green names such as Emerald, Fern, Forest, and Roscoe have been attracting more attention recently.

    A name that means green could be perfect for a baby born in the Spring, or perhaps a child born to parents with a deep connection to nature. Similarly, a green baby name would work well for the child anyone who works in a nature-related industry, such as horticulture or environmentalism.

    Green-themed baby names can also relate to green elements found in nature, such as emeralds or laurel. The following are green names for your fresh little bundle of joy.

  • Names That Mean Handsome

    Baby names that mean handsome can help your little boy's self-image. A number of names imply good looks, from Keeley and Keefe to Bello and Beau. Names for good-looking babies come from many cultures, including Japan, Ireland, and Hawaii. Any of the names on this list would be appropriate for your beautiful baby boy. Handsome baby names for boys include:

  • Names That Mean Happy

    By Pamela Redmond

    Happiness is a wonderful meaning for a baby's name, suggesting an upbeat personality and a positive future. Names that mean happy, happiness, joy, bliss or some other upbeat feeling include ancient mythological names, such as Arcadia and Festus, along with modern word names, like Revel and Jubilee.

    Names with happy meanings come from a range of cultures and origins, from the Hebrew Asher and Naomi to the Japanese Nara and Miyuki. Along with Naomi and Asher, names meaning happy in the US Top 1000 include Abigail, Beatrice, Bonnie, Delilah, Eden, Felicity, Felix, and Tate. More unusual, or even unique, baby names meaning happy include Blythe, Lettie, Onni, and Seeley.

    If you’re hoping your child is joyful and lively, a happy baby name is a good place to start. Here are some joyful names for a happy baby.

  • Names That Mean Honor

    Many parents hope their child grows up to be honored and respected, and some might choose to reflect that in their son or daughter’s name. Names related to honor and respect have meanings such as praise, esteemed, admirable, and integrity. Prestigious baby names include current favorites like Nora and Jude, as well as lesser-heard names like Cadogan and Mireya. Take a look at this list if you need an honorable baby name for your child.

  • Names That Mean Hope

    Names meaning hope reflect the optimism we're filled with for our babies' futures. The baby names here either mean hope in various cultures or symbolize hope. We also include names with meanings related to hope: newness, rebirth, light, sun, butterflies, daisies, spring, and the color green.

    Along with Hope itself, baby names meaning hope that rank among the US Top 500 include Evangeline, Xavier, Nova, Ashlyn, Daisy, Chloe, Phoenix, Helen, and Cyrus. Unique names with hope-related meanings on our recommended list range from the sun-dappled Sunniva to the mythical Apollo to the peaceful dove.

    If you're looking for a name meaning hope for your baby girl or baby boy, browse this list.

  • Names That Mean Love

    by Sophie Kihm

    Baby names that mean love might be the perfect choice for a baby born near Valentine's Day or conceived on a honeymoon. Of course, names with love meanings can also work for any child born into a world of love.

    Love is always a wonderful meaning for a name, and there are baby names meaning love for baby girls and boys in every language and style, including the Welsh Rhys and Spanish Amora.

    Along with Rhys and Amora, other names that mean love in the US Top 1000 include David, Esme, Jedidiah, Lennon, Mila, Oscar, Philip, and Valentina. Names that mean love or beloved in other languages include Carys, Querida, Rudo, and Sajan.

    Included here are names that mean loving, names that mean beloved, names that mean desire, names that mean heart, and even names that mean lovely. Here, all our names with love meanings for boys and girls.

  • Names That Mean Luck

    Baby names meaning luck may not be enough on their own to bless your child with good fortune, but as they say, it couldn't hurt. Names meaning luck or lucky or fortunate include a wide range of different styles and include names with luck-related meanings as well as word-names that literally mean luck, such as Asher and Felicity.

    Along with Asher and Felicity, other names that mean luck in the US Top 1000 include Benedict, Bennett, Chance, Evangeline, Felix, Fisher, Iris, and Jade. Other lucky baby names you may consider include Beatrix, Clover, Penny, or even Lucky itself.

    Names for a lucky baby can also be related to good luck charms, like four-leaf clovers or the number seven. Here are some baby names for girls and boys that mean lucky.

  • Names That Mean Miracle, Heavenly, or Divine

    Baby names meaning miracle include those that mean heavenly, divine, wonderful, and marvelous. Miraculous names can also be inspired by famous miracles of history and myth.

    If your pregnancy or birth has been in any way miraculous, you may want to consider a name that means miracle for your son or daughter.

  • Names That Mean Moon

    Names that mean moon are plentiful in cultures around the world going back as far as names are found.

    The moon is such a visible and universal force that it lends its imagery and magic to names from mythology and legend, nature names, and names related to birth dates and times.

    Baby names meaning moon might appeal to parents who are fascinated by astronomy or astrology. A lunar baby name could be ideal for a child born under the zodiac sign of Cancer, which is ruled by the moon.

    Moon names may literally mean moon, or they might reference lunar gods and goddesses. Moon-themed baby names also include names of moons on other planets in the solar system, such as Ophelia and Titan.

    Along with Ophelia and Titan, other names that mean moon in the US Top 1000 include Atlas, Bianca, Clementine, Francisco, Juliet, Luna, Miranda, and Phoebe. There are plenty of unique names that mean moon with serious style; among them, Cordelia, Grove, Puck, or even Moon itself.

    Names related to the moon would be perfect for a child born at night, or during a significant lunar event such as an eclipse. Names that mean moon include the following:

  • Names That Mean Mother or Father

    Names that mean mother or father exist in many cultures and range from the familiar and popular to the unique and rare.

    The top names meaning father are Abigail and Abraham and their many variations. Along with Abigail and Abraham, other names meaning father or mother in the US Top 1000 include Axl and Maia

    A name meaning mother or father can be a fresh way to honor a parent or other ancestor. Look to specific meanings for one that might work for you.

  • Names That Mean New and New Beginnings

    Baby names that mean new, newness, or new beginnings appeal to parents looking for a name that signifies the hope and fresh start a baby can bring to your life.

    Nova is the top name meaning new today. Along with Nova, other popular names that mean new or new beginnings include Chloe, Xavier, Hope, Ace, Aurora, Kia, and Zara.

    Names that mean new are often used for New Year's babies or spring babies, but new is a wonderful meaning for a name for a baby girl or boy born at any time of year. We also include here names of boys and girls with meanings related to newness: fresh, green, spring, dawn, change, and the number one.

    These are baby names for girls and boys that mean change, newness, and dawn, in various cultures.

  • Names That Mean Noble

    Baby names that mean noble or nobility are plentiful, a positive if you're looking for a name with this exalted meaning. Both boy names meaning noble and girl names with a noble meaning hail from a wide range of cultures and style. Names with a meaning of noble are more likely than some to start with the letter A, given that some names meaning noble such as Alice and Adeline have many variations. If noble or nobility is the name meaning that appeals to you, browse this list of names.

  • Names That Mean Ocean

    Baby names that mean ocean or sea are a subset of names that mean water. Included here are names with ocean or sea related meanings, such as Kai and Morgan, the names of specific oceans and seas, as well as the names of sea creatures and mythological aquatic figures.

    Along with Kai and Morgan, names meaning ocean that rank in the US Top 1000 include Dylan, Jennifer, Kailani, Malik, Marina, Marley, Mira, and Wade. Unique names with ocean meanings that strike a stylish note include Caspian, Neri, Rafferty, and Ocean itself.

    If you love the ocean and want to draw on its power and mystery for a name for your child, consider the choices on this list.

  • Names That Mean Peace

    Baby names that mean peace carry a beautiful aura, both for what peace suggests about your child's temperament and what it conveys about your values and hopes for the world. Peaceful meanings of names can include words such as calm, silence, and tranquility, or even relate to a peace-related symbol such as dove or olive branch, like Paloma or Oliver.

    Along with Paloma and Oliver, other names that mean peace in the US Top 1000 include Aarav, Callum, Frida, Irene, Jonah, Olivia, Paxton, and Serenity. Unique names meaning peace that we recommend include Dove, Fritz, Mirela, and Shalom.

    You may even want to consider using Peace itself as a name, particularly as a middle. Here are some of the most usable of the baby names for girls and boys that mean peace.

  • Names That Mean Pure

    Baby names that mean pure or innocent symbolize the essential innocence of a newborn. With each baby, our faith in the purity of new life is restored.

    The top girl name meaning pure is Katherine in all its variations. Along with Katherine, other girl names meaning pure in the US Top 1000 include Kate, Bianca, Gwen, Jennifer, and Zuri.

    The top boy name meaning pure or innocent is Finn. Along with Finn, other boy names with meanings related to innocence that rank in the US Top 1000 include Arjun, Gavin, and Xavier.

    Purity or innocence is a name meaning commonly found in the etymology of first names. With many names originating from religious sources, from the Bible to the Torah to the Koran to saints' names and other religious tracts, purity or innocence from sin was a common meaning and a desirable quality.

    Also included here are some names with meanings related to purity and its symbols: names associated with the color white, for instance, and names that mean new or virginal. Baby names for boys and girls that mean pure or innocent include the following.

  • Names That Mean Purple or Violet

    Names that mean purple or violet or lilac or lavender are lovely representations of those rich, lush colors. Violet itself is the most popular of the girl names that mean purple. Along with Violet, names meaning purple in the US Top 1000 include Indigo and Iris. Unique names meaning purple include Lilac, Lavender, and Ione. If you're a purple person, here are all the names meaning violet or purple on Nameberry.

  • Names That Mean Red or Redhead

    by Pamela Redmond

    Expecting a little redhead? Or maybe you love the color red or are expecting a baby born under one of the fire signs of the zodiac.

    Names that mean red or redhead are led by Scarlett on the girls' side. Along with Scarlett, girl names meaning red or redhead in the US Top 1000 include Ruby, Rory, Rose and Poppy.

    The most popular boy name meaning redhead is Adam. Along with Adam, other redhead boy names in the US Top 1000 include Jasper, Reed, Rory, Rowan, and Flynn.

    Unique redhead names include Crimson and Clancy, Arusha and Sorrell. As well as the other redhead names on this list.

  • Names That Mean Ruler or Royal

    Names with royal meanings are not necessarily actual royal baby names, such as George and Charlotte, but names that mean king, prince, queen, royal, or ruler. Choosing a baby name with a royal meaning is one of the many positive ways you can give your child a name to live up to. There are names that mean ruler or royal in every style, from a range of cultures, for girls and for boys. A complete list of our names that mean royal or ruler is here.

  • Names That Mean Small, Little, or Tiny

    Names meaning little or tiny probably first came into being as a way to describe someone small or short in stature. Today, that original meaning is all but, well, meaningless.

    The top name meaning small or little is Logan. Along with Logan, other names with tiny meanings in the US Top 1000 include Paul, Aiden, Lane, Brooke, Roan, and Kiera.

  • Names That Mean Small, Little, or Tiny

    Names meaning little or tiny probably first came into being as a way to describe someone small or short in stature. Today, that original meaning is all but, well, meaningless.

    The top name meaning small or little is Logan. Along with Logan, other names with tiny meanings in the US Top 1000 include Paul, Aiden, Lane, Brooke, Roan, and Kiera.

  • Names That Mean Smart, Intelligent, or Wise

    Baby names that mean wise or intelligent or smart have a contemporary feel, with wisdom is a more valuable quality than ever.

    One of the top girl names, Sophia, means wisdom. Along with Sophia, other girl names with smart meanings in the US Top 1000 include Athena, Phoebe, Ramona, Sage, plus Sofia and Sophie.

    For boys, the top name meaning intelligence or wisdom is Ethan. Along with Ethan, other boy names with wise meanings in the Top 1000 include Apollo, Alfred, Conrad, Hudson, Raymond, and Solomon.

    These names meaning wise represent a range of cultures and styles. Also included here are names that symbolize wisdom through their association with wise figures. Here are some baby names that confer wisdom and intelligencer by their meaning.

  • Names That Mean Strong

    Baby names that mean strong may help arm your boy or girl for whatever lies ahead. Strength-related name meanings have become more popular to parents in recent years, as they prepare their children for challenging times. Names for strong babies come from a variety of different cultures and encompass many different styles, from succinct, no-nonsense names like Drew and Zeke to long and romantic names like Gabriella and Valentino.

    Along with Gabriella and Zeke, other names that mean strong in the US Top 1000 include Anders, Audrey, Bridget, Ethan, Gabriel, Griffin, Valentina, and Valerie. Other strong names worth considering include Evander, Trudy, Valencia, and Zale.

    A name meaning strength won’t guarantee your child will be powerful, but it certainly can’t hurt. The following are baby names that include strength or power in their meaning.

  • Names That Mean Strong, Brave or Powerful

    Names that mean brave, strong, or powerful are newly interesting to parents who realize those positive qualities are gender neutral and desirable for all children, whether they're embodied in the meaning of a name or not. Traditionally, there are fewer girls' names that mean brave or powerful than there are boys' names with strong meanings. But they're not unknown and several stylish contemporary girls' names—Audrey, Matilda, and Imara, for instance—mean brave or powerful, along with a big group of brave and powerful names for boys.

    Along with Audrey and Matilda, other girl names that mean brave, strong, or powerful in the US Top 500 include Gabriella, Valentina, and Valerie. For boys, Andrew, Everett, Ezekiel Harvey, and Zane are among the most common.

    If you're names for girls and boys with strong meanings that might empower and inspire your child, browse this selection.

  • Names That Mean Sun

    by Pamela Redmond

    Baby names that mean sun evoke summer, warmth, fire, and the zodiac fire signs of Aries, Sagittarius, and especially Leo.

    Names with sun meanings might also reference the names of sun gods or goddesses of fire or the sun or other fire-related mythological figures.

    Along with Phoenix and Cyrus, names that mean sun in the US Top 1000 include Apollo, Blaze, and Hayden.

    Unique and uncommon baby names with sun meanings include Oriane, Sampson, Sunniva, and Soleil. Names that mean sun from international sources include the Spanish Helio, the Gaelic Eilidh, and the Hindi Kalinda.

    Our collection of baby names for boys and girls that mean sun are collected here.

  • Names That Mean Sweet

    Baby names that mean sweet can be connected to sugary treats like candy or sundaes, or related to sweetness found in nature, like honey, maple, and nectar. Sweet baby names include familiar word names such as Baker and Sugar, as well as names with less obvious links to sweetness, like Jarah and Eulalie. Here are examples of names for a sweet baby.

  • Names That Mean Trouble

    Baby names with negative meanings used to be a no-no, but now many parents want to arm their children for a difficult world by choosing a name that means trouble, or danger, or aggression. There is a certain charm about modern names like Maverick and Rebel that come prepackaged with a badass image. And you might argue the negative meanings concealed inside otherwise-lovely classic names, such a Cecilia meaning blind and Kennedy meaning misshapen head, don't really matter in the modern world anyway. And then there are names inspired by notorious trouble-makers, like Delilah or Dexter. Whether you're looking for a name with a negative meaning on purpose or you've fallen in love with one by accident, here's a master list of names that mean trouble....literally.

  • Names That Mean Victory

    Names meaning victory or glory have a naturally winning aura, imparting an upbeat feeling to a child. Name meanings related to victory include victorious and glorious. You'll notice groups of related names here which share victory-related meanings: There are the Nicholas names, those related to Sigrid, and names in the Victor constellation. If you want your child's name to mean victory or some other kind of win, consider the choices on this list.

  • Names That Mean Warrior, Soldier, or Knight

    Names meaning war, warrior, warlike, army, soldier, fighter, and knight are common among a range of cultures through the ages. Which makes sense, when you consider how common war and fighting has always been. Ancient favorites such as Gunnar, Marcus, and Walter all have warrior-related meanings.

    Along with Gunnar and Marcus, other names that mean warrior in the US Top 1000 include Alessia, Callan, Duncan, Harlow, Kane, Louisa, Miles, and Zelda. Less common warrior names that may appeal include Connery, Evander, Maude, and Ottoline.

    In the contemporary world as much as at any other time, you may feel that a name that means war or warrior may arm your baby boy or girl to triumph over the challenges of life. Or your baby may be a fighter, overcoming odds to be born and survive, and you might want a name that's a nod to his or her fighter spirit.

    Here are all Nameberry's baby names for girls and for boys with meanings related to war.

  • Names That Mean Water

    Names that mean water include names that mean ocean and sea, waves and tide, and rain and mist. The names of notable rivers, such as Hudson and Jordan, and other bodies of water are listed here. The names of gods and goddesses of the sea can be counted as water names, as can the names of mythical mermaids and other water creatures.

    Along with Hudson and Jordan, other water baby names in the US Top 1000 include Beckett, Brooks, Fisher, Ford, India, Maren, River, and Talia. Many water names are suitable for boys and girls, such as Bay, Lake, Nile, and Pacific.

    Names with water-related meanings might be right for babies born under one of the water signs of the zodiac: Pisces, Cancer, and Scorpio. Or you may simply love the image of water reflected in your baby's name. Names with water meanings can be found in cultures all around the world for both baby girls and baby boys.

  • Names That Mean Wealth

    Names meaning wealth or wealthy or rich indicate not only money or material riches but a richness of spirit. The meaning of wealth can be an auspicious element of a baby's name. Edward is perhaps the best-known name meaning wealth, but baby names that mean rich, prosperous or wealthy can be found in all cultures and there are names with wealth meanings for both girls and boys. If you want to invest your child's name with wealth, choose one of these names with a rich meaning.

  • Names Tied to a Single Celebrity

    There are some celebrity names so singular that the celebrity in question barely needs a last name—and often doesn't even use one. While a handful of these unique celebrity names start out as one-of-a-kind only to spawn a legion of little namesakes (case in point: Elvis), others remain indelibly linked to the personages who inspired them. After all, there’s only one Oprah! Our picks for this distinctive group include the following.

  • Names to Substitute for Aaron

    Is this a baby boy name you love but fear is overused? Here are some possible substitutes.

  • Names to Substitute for Alex

    Baby boy name you love but fear is overused? Here are some possible substitutes.

  • Names to Substitute for Alice

    Alice is a lovely classic name that's getting more popular in recent years. If you'd like to explore more unusual alternatives that are like Alice but different, look to this list.

  • Names to Substitute for Austin

    Baby boy name you love but fear is overused? Here are some possible substitutes.

  • Names to Substitute for Caroline

    Caroline is a beautiful classic name that demands no substitution, but if for some reason you need to look further, consider these worthy Caroline alternatives.

  • Names to Substitute for Carter

    Baby boy name you love but fear is overused? Here are some possible substitutes.

  • Names to Substitute for Danielle

    Danielle is a feminization so popular in the 1980s and 1990s that modern parents will be looking for updates. Here, some ideas of girls' names that might be fresh substitutes for Danielle.

  • Names to Substitute for Edward

    Baby boy name you love but fear is overused? Here are some possible substitutes.

  • Names to Substitute for Emma

    Emma is a lovely classic name that, after several years in the Top Ten, may deserve a rest. If you like Emma but want something more distinctive, consider these choices.

  • Names to Substitute for Finn

    Baby boy name you love but fear is overused? Here are some possible substitutes.

  • Names to Substitute for Gabriella

    Baby girl name you love but fear is overused? Here are some possible substitutes.

  • Names to Substitute for Hailey

    Hailey is one of those baby names that come in so many spellings and variations that it's more widely used than it may seem from popularity charts. If you like Hailey but want something more original, consider one of these baby names.

  • Names to Substitute for Henry

    Baby boy name you love but fear is overused? Here are some possible substitutes.

  • Names to Substitute for Jacob

    Baby boy name you love but fear is overused? Here are some possible substitutes.

  • Names to Substitute for Jessica

    Baby girl name you love but fear is overused? Here are some possible substitutes.

  • Names to Substitute for Josephine

    Josephine is definitely not overused, but you may want to search for alternatives for another reason. Here are some possible baby names you might prefer for your little girl.

  • Names to Substitute for Kaitlyn

    Kaitlyn was one of the trendiest baby names for girls over the past few decades, but now you might want to consider one of these alternatives.

  • Names to Substitute for Madison

    Baby girl name you love but fear is overused? Here are some possible substitutes.

  • Names to Substitute for Max

    Love the name Max but fear it's overused? Consider these alternatives with a similar sound, feel, or flavor.

  • Names to Substitute for Melissa

    Melissa is a favorite girls' name from the 80s and 90s that at this point is overused. Here are some possible substitutes.

  • Names to Substitute for Nicholas

    Baby boy name you love but fear is overused? Here are some possible substitutes.

  • Names to Substitute for Noah

    Noah is an Old Testament name that's zoomed from White Beard to baby-appropriate in the space of a generation. If you love the simple, classic Noah but want something a bit more original, consider these other names that embody some of Noah's best qualities.

  • Names to Substitute for Oscar

    Oscar is the grouchy old man name that rose from the ashes to become a recent stylish favorite. But now many parents who a handful of years ago might have chosen Oscar feel they need to look further abroad. If you like Oscar, you might love one of these other, more adventurous baby names.

  • Names to Substitute for Reed

    Reed is definitely not overused, but you may want to search for alternatives for another reason. Here are some possible choices.

  • Names to Substitute for Samantha

    Samantha may have long been your favorite among baby girl names, but there are fresher substitutes you may want to consider today.

  • Names to Substitute for Sarah

    Sarah is undoubtedly a classic girls' name, a favorite from the Bible. But it's been used so widely for so long you may be seeking a substitute. Here are some possible girls' names that might stand in for Sarah.

  • Names to Substitute for Will

    Baby boy name you love but fear is overused? Here are some possible substitutes.

  • Names with Animal Meanings

    Baby names with animal meanings range from the obvious, such as Robin or Lionel, and those with subtler animal meanings, such Rachel (which means ewe) or Tabitha (gazelle). This list of baby names with animal meanings contains both those that announce themselves clearly, such as Fox and Wolf, and those whose animal meaning is more hidden. The following range of animal baby names would be perfect for your wild child.

  • Names with Inspirational Meanings

    Baby names with inspirational meanings or from spiritual sources strike an uplifting chord. Inspirational baby names are virtuous in nature, with meanings like comfort, generous, and bliss. Names with inspiring meanings might encourage your child to embody the virtue behind their name. This list includes classic virtue names like Justice and Grace, as well as names with subtler inspirational meanings, such as Grady and Veronique. Consider these names if you want to set your child up for a lifetime of inspiration.

  • Names with Military Meanings

    Military ranks and weapons have become cool new baby names. We've got military names that reference people general or particular, real and mythical, from Sergeant to MacArthur to Mars. This list also includes word names associated with military objects, such as Arrow and Rocket. We've included names that mean army or battle as well as names meaning warrior, fighter, or soldier. Although the majority of military names are for boys, we also include some that work for girls or that are gender neutral. If you're in the military or want to honor the armed forces with your child's name, browse these military baby names.

  • Names with Uplifting Meanings

    Positive meanings are a plus for all baby names, creating something for your child to live up to. The girl names here include modern virtue names such as Peace and True that are literally inspirational words as well as more conventional names with meanings such as brave, strong, and beautiful. Baby names for girls with positive meanings could set your child on the right course for life. Consider these girl names with uplifting meanings for your daughter.

  • Nature Names Chosen by Celebrities

    Nature names have been a defining trend of the 21st century, and that includes trends in celebrity baby names. Dozens of high profile parents have borrowed names from the natural world for their children. Beyond Hollywood, those names have become go-to picks for all parents, with names like River and Willow making mainstream popularity lists in recent years. Here, a collection of nature names for babies that have been used by celebrities over the past few years, several of them more than once.

  • Nature Names for Babies

    Nature names have become more popular for babies with the rise of both the green movement and the quest for new kinds of unique names. Many of the best nature names, such as Sage and River, can work for either gender and also carry the advantage of being easily recognized and spelled and pronounced while at the same time moving beyond the tradition lexicon of names.

    Along with Sage and River, other nature names in the US Top 1000 include Briar, Dahlia, Fox, Ivy, Laurel, Magnolia, Willow, and Wren. If you fancy baby names related to nature that are off the beaten path, Canyon, Grove, Harbor, and Prairie are stylish options that have not yet been discovered by the masses.

    Nature names are drawn from all aspects of nature: the sky, the earth, flowers and animals, and the sea, among others. If you're looking for a special brand of nature names -- flowers names, say, or tree names -- you may want to consult our specialized lists for more unique selections.

    Some nature names, such as Bear and Bay, announce their connection to the natural world. Others are more subtle, with nature hidden in their meaning or their original language -- though we've gone light on those in this list given that there are so many nature names.

    What's here is our master list of nature names for baby girls and baby boys from all aspects of the natural world.

  • New Baby Names on the Rise

    These new baby names have only recently been born, but are rising through baby names popularity lists and we predict will be used more frequently in the future. The new baby names to pay attention to include the following.

  • New York Baby Names

    New York baby names capture everything that's cool about the city. From New York landmarks and streets to notable New Yorkers, get inspired by these Big Apple baby names from the most populous city in the US.

  • New York Neighborhood Names

    Brooklyn is, of course, the most widely used of these choices, but Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz recently added baby name Bronx to the mix and there are lots of other intriguing New York-themed baby names here.

  • Nickname Names

    Parents are more often putting nicknames directly on the birth certificate these days. Sometimes they like the nickname better than the formal name, sometimes they want more control over what their child is actually called, and sometimes they simply see the short form as cuter, more modern, and more stylish than its proper equivalent. Some nickname names you might want to consider for your own baby include the following. For even more choices, see our lists of Nicknames for Girls and Nicknames for Boys.

  • Nicknames for Baby Girls

    Suddenly, nicknames are cool again for baby girls. The cool nicknames today are not the cutesy Cindys and Mindys, Candys and Randis of the '60s and '70s, but rather vintage diminutives or sassy nicknames with attitude. Some parents choose a proper name as a way to get to a nickname they like: Adeline for Addie, say, or Eleanor for Ellie. Or a baby girl nickname can lighten or soften a too-imposing family name. Wilhelmina turns cute when she's called Billie, and Daisy can be a wonderful nickname for Marguerite. More and more parents are electing to put the nickname straight on their baby daughter's birth certificate, and there's no reason that a nickname can't also be a formal name.

  • Nicknames for Boys

    Suddenly, nicknames for boys are cool again. Not the cutesy Jerrys and Larrys, Randys and Andys of the '60s and '70s, but cooler short forms that might be modern or vintage, such as Dash or Theo. These names needn’t any full forms – sorry, Dashiell and Theodore – but that is up to your discretion.

    Along with Dash and Theo, other nicknames for boys in the US Top 1000 include Billy, Charlie, Hank, Harry, Jake, Joe, Louie, and Will. Other baby boy nicknames that can stand alone on the birth certificate include Archie, Beck, Lev, and Wally.

    Among the nickname names for boys that you can consider putting directly on the birth certificate include the following. Also check out our list of crazy nicknames for boys.

  • November Baby Names

    by Sophie Kihm

    Names for babies born in November may be inspired by the fall season or late-autumn colors such as gold or brown.

    November baby names might also reference the Thanksgiving holiday or be drawn from the roster of names for Scorpio babies. Names related to the November birthstone, Topaz, and names related to Chrysanthemum, the November flower, work well.

    Notable people or events connected to the month, including the names of saints who celebrate their feast days in November, can connect to November baby names. November itself might be an appropriate name for a November baby, as might Nova or Eleven.

    Along with Nova and Aurora, the most popular November baby names ranking in the US Top 1000 include Grace, Elizabeth, Charles, and Theodore. Unique November baby names we recommend include Leopold, Clement, Octavius, Amabel, and Winifred.

    If you're expecting a baby in November, you may want to consider these names themed to the eleventh month. You can also explore the wider range of names for autumn babies.

  • Number One Baby Names

    Baby names that have achieved the top standing in the U.S. are an elite group. Since the beginning of American baby-naming time, 1880, there have been only 16 baby names that have reached Number One, with Emma and David only touching the top for one year each and Ashley for just two. The all-time Number One baby names in the U.S. are: