Meanings of Names

Baby names can take their meanings from a range of sources, and these lists organize them for you. We've got Baby Names That Mean Powerful and Names That Mean Handsome, there are lists of baby names with Christmas meanings and those that relate to the seasons.

  • 105 Hot Baby Names that Mean Fire

    Baby names that mean fire are a diverse group, working for both girls and boys, 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, or be the names of gods or goddesses of fire or the sun, or have other fire-related associations. Names with fire meanings can work for babies born under the zodiac fire signs of Aries, Leo, or Sagittarius. Baby names that mean fire include the following.

  • 46 Novel Names for November Babies

    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 Eleven. 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.

  • 51 Awesome Names for Scorpio Babies

    Names for Scorpio babies can be drawn from a variety of sources, including the properties of this zodiac sign. In astrology, Scorpios are associated with steel, the color red, and Fall flowers such as the Chrysanthemum. Names for babies born under Scorpio might be aquatic themed, as Scorpio is a water sign. You could also look to famous Scorpios in search of names for a Scorpio baby. For a baby born under the Scorpio zodiac sign, these names are worth consideration.

  • 53 Amazing Names for Libra Babies

    Libra is symbolized by scales in astrology, making balance and harmony an ideal theme for names for Libra babies. Libra is the seventh sign of the zodiac, so any names related to that lucky number count as Libra baby names. Names for a Libra baby might also be inspired by its associated flowers, Roses and Daisies, or its element, air. Libra is ruled by the planet Venus, so any names connected to the goddess of love would be appropriate for a baby Libra. Consider some of these amazing names for Libra babies if you are expecting a little Libra of your own. You may also want to explore our wider list of Names for Autumn Babies.

  • 57 Fantastic Names for Virgo Babies

    Virgo baby names might reference its virginal meaning, with names connected to purity or notable virgins. Names for Virgo babies could also include Wednesday, the sign’s associated day of the week, or Rosemary and Valerian, two of Virgo’s flowers. Famous Virgos include Michael Jackson, Ingrid Bergman, and Pippa Middleton, all of whom would make nice namesakes for a baby Virgo. Consider the following options if you are expecting a Virgo baby.

  • 60 Wonderful Names for Cancer Babies

    Names for Cancer babies start with the Moon, the ruling celestial body for anyone born under the sign of the crab. Any summer-related names would be fitting for a Cancer baby, as the Sun is in Cancer during June and July. Names for a Cancer baby could also include those related to the number four, since Cancer is the fourth sign of the zodiac. Famous Cancers like Frida Kahlo and Princess Diana make for suitable baby Cancer namesakes. For a baby born under the Cancer sign, these names are worth a thought.

  • 61 Great Names for Aquarius Babies

    Names for Aquarius babies have a range of evocative references, including nature, wisdom, and Presidential heroes. Aquarius is the water bearer of the zodiac, so a seaworthy name would be fitting for an Aquarian baby. Names related to the air, wind, or sky are also great for a baby Aquarius, as it is an air sign. Names for an Aquarius baby could also include those related to the months of January and February. Aquarians are known for being wise intellectuals, so any name meaning “wise,” such as Sophia and Cato, would make an excellent choice. Of course, there are many notable Aquarius namesakes that could inspire an Aquarian baby name, from Abraham Lincoln and Clark Gable to Jackson Pollack and Bob Marley. If you are expecting an Aquarius baby, these names are worth a look.

  • 62 Excellent Names for Pisces Babies

    Water names are especially appropriate for a Pisces baby, as Pisces is one of the water signs of the zodiac and is symbolized by the fish. There are plenty of purple and blue hues that would be fitting as names for Pisces babies, inspired by the sign’s associated gemstones, Amethyst and Aquamarine. In astrology, Pisceans are known for their creative, gentle, and loving natures, so any names related to those qualities would work well as Pisces baby names. If you are looking for names for a Pisces baby, consider some of these options.

  • 63 Beautiful Names for Sagittarius Babies

    Names for Sagittarius babies may be inspired by a wide range of amazing symbols and signs. In astrology, Sagittarius is the sign of the archer, making names like Apollo and Arrow ideal for a Sagittarian baby. Sagittarius is one of three fire signs of the zodiac, so names that mean fire could be another appropriate choice. Purple and blue hues are associated with the Sagittarius zodiac sign, as are gems such as Turquoise, Topaz, and Citrine. Babies born under Sagittarius could potentially share a name with a well-known Sagittarian like Taylor Swift or Jimi Hendrix. Add some of these Sagittarius-themed names to your list if you are expecting a baby Sagittarius.

  • 63 Marvelous Names for Leo Babies

    Names for Leo babies have lots of appealing inspirations: lions, gold, and the sun, to name the three main Leo symbols. Leo is the sign of the lion in the zodiac, and there are plenty of leonine baby names to consider, even Leo itself. Names for a Leo baby could also include those inspired by the color gold, which is both the element and the color associated with Leos. In astrology, the Sun rules over Leo, so any sun-related names would be appropriate for a baby Leo, along with names that mean fire. If you need a name for a little Leo, these names are great options.

  • 68 Incredible Names for Taurus Babies

    Names for Taurus babies might reference Taurus’s astrological symbol, the bull. Names related to all things bovine, like Fintan and Ferdinand would be especially appropriate for a baby Taurus. Taurus baby names could also include those connected to the earth, as Taurus is one of the earth signs of the zodiac. In astrology, the flowers associated with Taurus are roses and violets, making any rose related or purple-hued name a great choice. If you need a name for a Taurus baby, these names are worth your consideration.

  • 70 Delightful Names for Aries Babies

    In astrology, Aries is symbolized by the ram, an icon that suggests baby names such as Merona and Jubal. Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, making names related to primacy apt for an Aries baby. Names for Aries babies might also include names that mean fire, the element of Aries. Aries in and of itself makes a wonderful name for an Aries boy. There are plenty of famous Aries who would make great namesakes for a baby Aries, from Tennessee Williams to Chance the Rapper. Take a look at these names if you are expecting an Aries baby.

  • 70 Fabulous Names for Capricorn Babies

    Names for Capricorn babies may be inspired by Capricorn’s status as an Earth sign of the zodiac. Capricorn’s astrological symbol is the goat, so related names like Giles and Capella would work well as Capricorn baby names. Also included are names related to Capricorn’s properties, such as its color, silver, and flower, Snowdrop. If your baby is going to be born under the Capricorn sign of the zodiac, any of these names would be very fitting for your little goat.

  • 71 Best Names for Autumn Babies

    For those expecting a fall baby, there are a flurry of colorful autumn-inspired baby names. Names that work best for autumn babies include the names of fall months as well as the season and encompass names for September and October babies as well as names for November babies. Names for autumn babies also reference the colors of fall leaves, and autumn-themed nature names such as Birch and Crisanta. Names of the ancient gods of autumn and of fall astrology signs and birthstones can also be appropriate for a baby born in the fall. Here are some of the most inspired picks for autumn baby names:

  • 74 Magical Names for December Babies

    December babies are often thought of as holiday babies, given Christmas names or possibly names associated with Hanukkah or Kwanzaa. But there are also other baby names that seem particularly appropriate for babies born in December. These might be names relating to winter, the season that begins on December 21. December 21 is also the date of the Winter Solstice, another source of December baby names, which may have something to do with light….or dark. And then there may be baby names related to snow, to the number 12, to the end of the year, to important namesakes connected to the month of December, or to the astrological signs Sagittarius or Capricorn. December baby names might also relate to December's birthstone, turquoise, or its flower, holly or narcissus. If you’re expecting a December baby or perhaps naming a child conceived in December or one with another important December connection, consider these names for December babies.

  • 80 Lovely Names for Gemini Babies

    Names for Gemini babies often start with the symbol of the twins. If you're looking for a Gemini baby name, you could consider names that mean “twin,” or use a name that references a famous twin from history or literature. Gemini is represented by the color yellow, which comes in many shades that could work as a name for a Gemini baby. Names for a Gemini baby might also include those related to the sign’s intellectual qualities, or its status as an air sign of the zodiac. Include some of these Gemini baby names on your list if you are expecting a baby born in late May until the start of summer.

  • Baby 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. Browse these names that mean friend or friendly.

  • Baby Names That Mean Happy

    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 along with modern word names. Names with happiness-related meanings come from a range of cultures and origins. Here are some baby names that mean happy.

  • Baby Names That Mean Hope

    Hope is a meaning that appeals to many parents when searching for a name for their baby. Baby names that mean hope reflect the hope we're filled with for our children's futures. The names here either mean hope in various cultures or symbolize hope.

  • Baby Names That Mean Love

    Baby names that mean love hail from a range of different cultures with the unifying theme of a love -- and lovely and loving -- meaning. Names that mean love might be especially popular for babies born around Valentine's Day or conceived on a honeymoon. And for any baby, what could be a more wonderful meaning for a name than love?

  • Baby 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.

  • Baby Names That Mean 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. Names that mean new are often used for New Year's babies, but new is a wonderful meaning for a name for a baby born at any time of year. These are baby names that mean newness, freshness and dawn, in various cultures.

  • Baby 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. The following are baby names that include strength or power in their meaning.

  • Baby Names with Animal Meanings

    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. Also note: We're light on bird names as we include the complete variety in their own list. The range of baby names with animal meanings includes the following.

  • Baby 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 positive meanings such as brave, strong, and beautiful. These baby names for girls all have positive meanings that could set your child on the right course for life.

  • Blond Baby Names

    For your little towhead, here's a selection of baby names that mean fair or blond.

  • Boy Baby Names That Mean Wise

    Wisdom is a more valuable quality than ever, so baby names that mean wise or intelligent or smart have a contemporary feel. Of course, there are girl names that mean wise too, but these boy names meaning wise represent a range of cultures and styles. Here are some baby names that confer wisdom by their meaning.

  • Boy Names that Mean Life

    Boy names that mean life are an elite group, but one that includes several excellent choices. None of the boy names that mean life are particularly popular or even well-known, but you may consider the meaning more important than style or popularity. Also included here are many names that refer to the place or the setting where the person lives. Life is a wonderful meaning for a name, one that may inspire and uplift a child of any gender.

  • Boy Names That Mean Powerful

    To give your son an extra measure of strength, choose one of these baby boy names that mean powerful.

  • Christmas Baby Names

    Expecting a Christmas baby, or just want a name that connotes the magical season? Here, our collection of Christmas baby names. See our blog for even more Christmas baby names.

  • Dark Baby Names

    Expecting a baby with dark hair, or eyes, or skin, or simply looking for a name that means (or suggests) dark or black? Consider these baby names.

  • Day Names

    The ancient tradition of day-naming -- choosing a name from the day of the week, the month, the season or holiday, or even a time of day -- feels fresh again now. Here, examples of day names that could work as modern baby names,.

  • Easter Baby Names

    Expecting an Easter baby? These baby names refer to the springtime holiday, including international names for Easter, Easter flowers, biblical personages connected with the holiday, or Easter's symbolism of rebirth.

  • Girl Names That Mean Beautiful

    Girl names that mean beautiful come from a range of cultures and represent a variety of styles. 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? Here are some baby names that fit that bill.

  • Girl Names That Mean Brave or Powerful

    Girls' names that mean strong, brave, or powerful are newly interested in 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 strong or powerful. If you're looking for girls' names with strong meanings that might empower and inspire your child, browse this selection.

  • Girl Names that Mean Life

    Names meaning life may appeal to parents of babies of either gender, but the girl names that mean life are particularly appealing. Life -- or lively or vivacious -- is a meaning not attached to a large number of names, but one that is inspiring and uplifting. We also include here names for girls that refer to the place where the person lives. Girl names with meanings that relate to life include the following.

  • Halloween Baby Names

    Halloween baby names reference the holiday and all things spooky. Would you really want to choose one of these baby names for a child born on or near Halloween? Debatable. But those who are into celebrating the holiday may want to adopt their own Halloween name from this collection of names of ghostly or witchy people, characters, and things.

  • Handsome Baby Names

    Baby names that mean handsome can help your little boy's self-image. Good-looking baby names for boys include:

  • Inspirational Baby Names

    Baby names with inspirational meanings or from spiritual sources strike an uplifting chord. Inspirational baby names include:

  • Middle Names with Meaning

    The meanings of middle names have become important to more and more parents. A middle name with strong personal meaning may be the name of a beloved friend or family member, a surname rescued from your family tree, or -- in the case of the meaningful names here -- a choice with an inspirational feel. Middle names with meaning that do much more than bridge the first name and the last include the middle names for girls and middle names for boys gathered here.

  • Military Baby Names

    Military ranks and weapons--everything is fair game in the struggle to find the right baby name.

  • 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 with Royal Meanings

    By names with royal meanings, we don't mean actual royal baby names, such as George and Charlotte, but names that mean king, prince, queen, even royal. 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. Some choices if you want to give your child a royal baby name, but subtle-y.

  • New Year's Baby Names

    The start of a new year brings with it a sense of fresh beginnings, a new dawn dawning, and hopes for the future. Here are some baby names from various cultures whose meanings reflect those feelings, especially appropriate for a baby born near the start of a new year.

  • Occupational Baby Names

    Occupational baby names, most of them originally surnames to describe the person's job, have taken on significant style value over the past years and are destined to rise even further. Think of them as the surname-names or place-names of the future. Most of these baby names work best for boys, but can cross over to the girls' side.

  • Powerful Boy Names

    Powerful boy names might be those that literally mean power or strength or those that simply sound macho: Rock is an exaggerated example. If you're looking for a decidedly powerful name for your baby boy, consider these boys' names that have strong or powerful in the meaning or give the impression of conventional masculinity. For more on this topic, see our blog on names that mean strength.

  • Redhead Baby Names

    Expecting a little redhead? Here are some baby names that mean red or redhead.

  • Son Baby Names

    Baby names that end in son originated just the way you think: They designated that the person -- Jackson, say, or Jefferson -- was the son of Jack or Jeffery. Son makes a stylish first name ending today, mostly for boys but since the era of Allison, also for girls. Son baby names can make for an original way to honor an ancestor while slightly varying the name. Some prime examples:

  • Space Baby Names

    There are cool star names like Uma and Bono, and then there are the even more extreme astronomical star and constellation names, which might appeal to parents looking for baby names that are unique and celestial -- in other words, a heavenly name. Some stellar ideas:

  • Spiritual Baby Names

    Spiritual baby names suggest qualities we'd all like our children to aspire to and fit our new definition of cool. While they seem as if they can work for both genders, most spiritual baby names have been veering toward the feminine side. A few, such as Trinity, Destiny, Sky, and Genesis, are already staples on the girls' popularity lists. Here, some spiritual names that might be right for your baby.

  • Spring Baby Names

    Spring has sprung in the world of baby names. What are some perfect names for babies born in spring? Springtime baby names relate to the blooming of the season, including flower names as well as names that mean green and names that mean new. For your springtime baby, or just to represent the season's lively qualities, consider these baby names that relate to spring.

  • Strong Baby Girl Names

    Strong baby names for girls are a more rarefied group than strong names for boys, with fewer girls' names meaning strong, powerful, or brave. We've gathered all the girl names with meanings that denote strength or power here. For more strong names for baby girls, consult our lists of Names of Great Heroines and Short & Strong Girls' Names. And you might also want to consult our list of strong boy names.

  • Summer Baby Names

    Summer is one of the nicest times of year to have a baby, the warm weather and slow pace making it that much easier to relax into new motherhood. Here is a list of baby names that summon the season, from nature to the ocean to the gemstones of summer months:

  • Virtue Names

    Virtue names, favored by the Puritans, represent qualities we should embody or at least aspire to. Virtue names that can work as modern baby names include:

  • Weather Baby Names

    Weather baby names are a branch of nature names that reference the -- well, the weather! Some have direct weather meanings while others have a more subtle connection to the weather -- Eira, for instance, is a Welsh name that means snow, and Makani is Hawaiian for wind. Here are some weather baby names for you to consider.

  • Winter Baby Names

    Here, inspirational winter baby names for the child born when the snow is falling and the weather is chill populate this list. Some of these names, like Neve, Frost, and Snow itself, refer to the wintry weather. Others are what are called day names, connecting with the months and holidays of winter.. Then there are the mythical winter names, baby names related to nature in winter, and names that mean white. Along with Winter itself, you might consider these winter baby names:

  • Writing-Related Names

    Literary names have become a very stylish group in recent years, and here's an offshoot that's gotten less attention. With credit to @Vana , a berry who created an original list of similar names, these names all relate to writing itself. If you're a writer or simply a book lover, one of those original word names connected to writing may be, well, right for you.