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Unique Names Starting With N

NyxHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek mythology name
  • Meaning:

    "night"
  • Description:

    In Greek mythology, Nyx was a powerful goddess and the embodiment of the night, but when spoken, its negative meaning can't be ignored.

NiamhHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish Gaelic
  • Meaning:

    "bright"
  • Description:

    Niamh, derived from the Old Irish Niam, is an ancient Irish name that was originally a term for a goddess. In Irish myth, one who bore it was Niamh of the Golden Hair, daughter of the sea god, who falls in love with Finn's son Oisin and takes him to the Land of Promise, where they stayed for three hundred years. Niamh can be Anglicized as Neve, Nieve, or Neave.

NeoHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin or Tswana
  • Meaning:

    "new or gift"
  • Description:

    This nouveau name of Keanu Reeves's character in The Matrix has not enjoyed the same burst of popularity as its female counterpart, Trinity, but it definitely sounds, well, newer. Neo Rauch is an interesting contemporary German artist.

NellHeart

  • Origin:

    English, diminutive of Helen, Eleanor, et al
  • Meaning:

    "bright, shining one"
  • Description:

    Nell, once a nickname for Helen, Ellen, or Eleanor, is a sweet old-fashioned charmer that is fashionably used today in its own right. While Nell is perfectly in tune with contemporary vintage name style, it hasn't taken off the way some of its sisters have and so maintains an air of distinction. Use Nell or Nellie as a short for any name from Eleanor to Penelope or just name her Nell.

NeveHeart

  • Origin:

    Anglicized spelling of Irish Niamh or Italian and Portuguese
  • Meaning:

    "snow"
  • Description:

    Introduced to the American public by actress Neve Campbell; it was her Dutch-born mother's maiden name. Neve is an interesting and fresh new possibility, one which Conan O'Brien chose for his daughter.

NedHeart

  • Origin:

    English, diminutive of Edward
  • Meaning:

    "wealthy guardian"
  • Description:

    Ned is a gently old-fashioned Nancy Drew-Bobbsey Twins-era short form for Edward that sounds cooler than Ed and is enjoying a small style renaissance.

NixiHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "goddess of childbirth"
  • Description:

    The Nixi were a tribe of childbirth goddesses in ancient Rome. The similar Nixie is a girls' name associated with German water nymphs. Whichever variation you choose, this is a unique name with a modern feel and evocative ancient roots.

NeroHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "stern"
  • Description:

    The association with the infamous Nero, the fiddling Roman emperor, would be unavoidable. But there was also the detective Nero Wolfe, hero of many mystery stories.

NyxHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek mythology name
  • Meaning:

    "night"
  • Description:

    Nyx is the name of the Greek goddess of the night. It's used for baby boys in small numbers.

NiallHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "cloud"
  • Description:

    Niall is pronounced nye-al--something like Neil, but this Irish spelling of the name makes it much more current and cool.

NessaHeart

  • Origin:

    Scandinavian
  • Meaning:

    "headlands, promontory"
  • Description:

    Like its cousin Tessa, Nessa -- a shortening of Vanessa or Agnes or Anastasia among other possibilities -- is an attractive nickname that can stand on its own.

NaraHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese place name or Celtic
  • Meaning:

    "happy"
  • Description:

    Soft, simple, and far more unusual than Tara or Farrah. As a Japanese place name, it's been used occasionally as a surname and is beginning to be used as a first. Nara is also the name of a Hindu (male) God and the name means "man" in Hindi.

NormanHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "northerner, Norseman"
  • Description:

    Norman, perhaps because it sounds so much like the word 'normal', conjures up the image of a normal-looking guy with a normal kind of job-- not necessarily an image many modern parents seek for their sons. But though it's been off the national popularity list for several years, Norman is Number 694 on Nameberry. It was a Top 100 name for more than half a century, hitting a high in 1931 at Number 36, but today it's nowhere near one of the most popular boy names starting with N.

NadineHeart

  • Origin:

    French variation of Nadia, Russian
  • Meaning:

    "hope"
  • Description:

    Part of the vogue for French-sounding names in the 1920s and 30s, Nadine has been replaced by the Russian sound of Nadia and Natasha.

NiamHeart

  • Origin:

    Hindi or Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "law or given by God"
  • Description:

    With Liam at the top of the boys' popularity list, parents might discover the still-rare Niam. This is one of the unknown but plausible boy names starting with N.

NaiaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hawaiian, Greek, Basque
  • Meaning:

    "dolphin; to flow; wave, sea foam"
  • Description:

    Multicultural option, equally intriguing as, but more unusual than, Maia.

NovemberHeart

  • Origin:

    English word name
  • Meaning:

    "month name"
  • Description:

    The menu of usable month names seems to expand every, well, month, with such choices as November, October, and January joining more established names like April, May, June and August. Logical November nicknames include Nova, Novi, or Ember, making this a natural (if adventurous) choice for a baby girl. November is also, obviously, one of the perfect names for November babies.

NikitaHeart

  • Origin:

    Russian or Sanskrit
  • Meaning:

    "victor; house"
  • Description:

    Nikita – a masculine Russian name deriving from the Greek name Niketas, meaning "victory" – has come a long way from portly post-Stalin Soviet leader Khrushchev to the female spy/assassin in the movie and TV series La Femme Nikita.

NateHeart

  • Origin:

    English, diminutive of Nathan or Nathaniel
  • Description:

    Very much in style, especially after its starring role in Six Feet Under

NickHeart

  • Origin:

    English, diminutive of Nicholas and Dominick
  • Description:

    The classic strong-yet-friendly nickname name, much used for charming movie characters.

NemoHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "nobody"
  • Description:

    One of the best known early Nemos was the captain in Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea, while the more familiar modern one is the animated little orange fish in the Disney movie. Unusual name well worth considering. By the way, there is also a Shakespearean Nemo and one in Dickens's Bleak House. An enchanting early comic strip by Winsor McCay was called Little Nemo.

NicodemusHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "victory of the people"
  • Description:

    This rarely used New Testament name could make an unusual route to the cool nickname Nico. Nicodemus (Noddy) Boffin is a character in the Dickens novel Our Mutual Friend.

NixieHeart

  • Origin:

    German
  • Meaning:

    "water nymph"
  • Description:

    If you love Dixie, Trixie and Pixie, this name of a mermaid-like sprite in German folklore may be for you. It might also make an update for Nicki.

NimueHeart

  • Origin:

    Celtic Mythology (one of the names of the Lady of the Lake in Arthurian legends)
  • Description:

    Nimue (Lady of the Lake) is the ruler of Avalon in the Arthurian legend. Nimue plays a pivotal role in many stories, including giving King Arthur his sword Excalibur, enchanting Merlin, and raising Lancelot after the death of his father.

NoamHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "pleasantness, charm, tenderness"
  • Description:

    Noam is an underused modern Hebrew name with any number of attractive attributes attached to its meaning; it doesn't have the biblical weight of Noah, but could make a more distinctive alternative to that popular choice. Noam is a Top 10 boys' name in Israel.

NoriHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "doctrine or seaweed"
  • Description:

    Japanese name that would have no trouble assimilating--though many would associate it with the dried seaweed used to wrap sushi. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West use Nori as a nickname for their daughter North.

NomiHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew and Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "beautiful, pleasant, delightful "
  • Description:

    This adorable cross cultural name updates Naomi and offers an accessible Japanese option. Strikes the right balance by being distinctive without seeming strange.

NeveahHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Nevaeh
  • Description:

    In the beginning there was Nevaeh, created as a name by spelling the word heaven backwards. Except is was most commonly pronounced neh-VAY-ah, which kinda seemed like it should be spelling Neveah, at least if you didn't think about it too hard. While the properly-constructed Nevaeh has been among the Top 100 girls' names for a decade, Neveah lies just beneath the Top 1000, out of sight but not out of mind: More than 250 girls were given this backwards-misspelling in one recent year.

NigelHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "dark, black-haired"
  • Description:

    A name that Yanks might see as overly British, but combined with the right surname, it does have a measure of Sherlock Holmesian dash via Nigel Bruce, who played the original Dr. Watson to Basil Rathbone's Sherlock Holmes.

NovemberHeart

  • Origin:

    English word name
  • Meaning:

    "month name"
  • Description:

    November is one of a growing list of month names that can work for a baby boy, and is also one of the ideal names for November babies.

NarcissaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "daffodil"
  • Description:

    This Greek flower and mythological choice doesn't make it into the pantheon of possibilities because of its association with narcissism. But narcissa is December's flower of the month, so Narcissa and Daffodil theoretically make perfect names for December babies.

NeonHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "New"
  • Description:

    Bright and energetic, Neon seems like it would be a modern coinage, borrowed from neon lights.

NicoletteHeart

  • Origin:

    French, diminutive of Nicole, feminine variation of Nicholas, Greek
  • Meaning:

    "people of victory"
  • Description:

    Nicolette is the ultra-feminine name of an enchanting princess in the medieval French romance, Aucassin et Nicolette, a name that got stacks of publicity in the heyday of Desperate Housewives and its star Nicolette Sheridan. It was also the name of Chloe Sevigny's character in Big Love.

NevaHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "white snow"
  • Description:

    Has a pure, clean aura, but is also evocative.

NilsHeart

  • Origin:

    Scandinavian variation of Nicholas
  • Meaning:

    "people of victory"
  • Description:

    Like Lars, Sven, Niels, and Nels, an unjustly neglected straightforward Scandinavian name. Surname Nilsson or the anglicized Nelson derives from Nils.

NicolaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek, feminine variation of Nicholas
  • Meaning:

    "people of victory"
  • Description:

    Nicola, the elegant Latinate feminization of Nicholas, has long been standard issue for English girls but for some reason has never voyaged across the Atlantic, which we consider a pity, especially as Nicole's standing has waned.

NileHeart

  • Origin:

    River name or variation of Niall, Irish
  • Meaning:

    "champion"
  • Description:

    Water names are a cool category these days, and this one of the famous Egyptian river that streamlines the fussier Niles is no exception. Nile is also related to Niall, the Irish Gaelic form of Neal/Neil.

NettieHeart

  • Origin:

    English, diminutive of names ending in -ette or -etta, or variation of Neta, Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "plant"
  • Description:

    You may never have known a Nettie personally, but there well might be one hidden in your family history, considering that she was a Top 100 name until 1901 and stayed on the Social Security list until 1962.

NaelHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Nathanael, French
  • Meaning:

    "gift of God"
  • Description:

    Nael originated as a short form of names ending in -nael, such as Nathanael and Gwenael — a Breton name that was a minor hit in 1970s France. It has come to be more popular as an independent name, and currently ranks within France’s Top 50.

NerissaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "from the sea"
  • Description:

    An offbeat possible replacement for the overused Melissa and Marisa, Nerissa was used by Shakespeare for Portia's witty confidante in The Merchant of Venice. Queen Elizabeth has a cousin named Nerissa.

NevilleHeart

  • Origin:

    French
  • Meaning:

    "new town"
  • Description:

    More often used in Britain than here, where most names ending in ville fall into the unthinkable class, this might make an exception via fans of the musical Neville Brothers.

NepheleHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "cloudy"
  • Description:

    An enchanting ancient Greek name belonging to the Greek goddess who was created from a cloud by Zeus and so became goddess of the clouds and mother of the centaurs. The name Nephele is not widely known but as among modern parents become used to Phoebe, Penelope, and Persephone, it may become one of the ancient Greek goddess names that's back in the mix.

NualaHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish, short form of Fionnuala
  • Meaning:

    "white shoulders"
  • Description:

    Officially a shortening of the traditional and tricky Gaelic Fionnghuala/Fionnuala, Nuala makes a lovely choice all on its own. Nuala is well-used in Ireland.

NiloHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish diminutive of Daniel
  • Meaning:

    "God is my judge"
  • Description:

    So much more worldly than Danny.

NilesHeart

  • Origin:

    Scandinavian
  • Meaning:

    "son of Neil"
  • Description:

    Perfect name for TV Frasier's effete brother. In the 2020 film Palm Springs, Andy Samberg plays a character with the updated spelling Nyles.

NirvanaHeart

  • Origin:

    Sanskrit
  • Meaning:

    "place of great bliss"
  • Description:

    Well, parents are naming their children Eden and Heaven...so why not?

NakoaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hawaiian
  • Meaning:

    "brave one"
  • Description:

    Nakoa is a Top 100 name for boys in Hawaii. It became more widely known after actors Lisa Bonet and Jason Mamoa chose it for their son.

NeomaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek or Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "new moon; pleasantness"
  • Description:

    An obscure yet on-trend name with two wonderful meanings associated with it. Neoma is one of the freshest celestial girl names with moon-related meanings, rarer than Luna or Phoebe but with the same fluid sound.

NeriHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew or Greek
  • Meaning:

    "burning light or ocean spirit"
  • Description:

    A simple but unusual name with roots in disparate cultures, Neri appears in the Bible as a male name and is still sometimes used for boys as well as girls. The appeal of Neri are its deep roots combined with its simple, upbeat, modern feel, ala Peri and Rory.

NiraHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "light, or furrow, plowed field"
  • Description:

    Symbolic name given to girls born on TuB'Shevat, the New Year of the Trees.
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