Unique Names Starting With X
Description:X marks the spot in names these days, usually at the middles or ends of names, but here is one that puts it squarely up front.
Meaning:"hero among heroes"
Description:The two X's may be a challenge for even the most intrepid baby namer. Xerxes was the name of two early kings of Persia and the Handel opera Serse or Xerxes is loosely based on Xerxes I.
Description:Xochitl is a Nahuatl or Aztec floral name used in southern Mexico and pronounced SO-chee-tl or SHO-chee-tl, although sometimes the "tl" at the end is not pronounced. Internet entrepreneur Xochi Birch is probably the best-known bearer in the US – except for the Xochitl brand tortilla chips. Definitely among the most intriguing international flower names and a beautiful choice for those looking to honor Nahuatl heritage.
Description:The name of a Christian saint and a city in Ohio, Xenia is one of the more accessible and intriguing x names. It is the name of one of the Bond Girls--played by Famke Janssen in the film "GoldenEye."
Origin:Diminutive of Xavier, Basque or Arabic
Meaning:"new house or bright"
Description:This nickname is given often enough as a standalone to land it in the Top 1000.
Description:Still projects the potent allure of television's warrior princess.
Origin:Diminutive of Alexander
Description:With the plethora of Alexes around, Xan (and Xander) have emerged as hot new nicknames for Alexander. Xan also stands well on its own. It can be found--not surprisingly--in several computer games.
Description:Xen and Zen, both pronounced the same way, are two hip new spiritual word names from Buddhist practice. Among the celebrity set, Corey Feldman has a Zen and Tisha Campbell Martin's son is Xen.
Origin:Chinese dynastic name
Description:This name of the first recorded dynasty of ancient China is short and simple enough to make a possible Asian-American alternative to Mia and Tia. British-Filipino child star Xia Vigor has invigorated the name in the Philippines.
Description:This alternate name for Apollo has a noble sound and can always be shortened to Xan.
Origin:Feminine variation of Guiomar, Spanish, Portuguese
Meaning:"famous in battle"
Description:The longer form of Xia is more rhythmic but also more problematic.
Description:A lovely name, but unfathomable outside the Chinese community.
Description:Famous as the long-suffering wife of the philosopher Socrates.
Description:One of the more accessible X names, though Xeno or Zeno might sound more modern.
Origin:Feminine variation of Xavier
Description:Will have spicy associations for the older generation via author of the 1972 bestseller, The Happy Hooker.
Origin:Greek, variation of Xanthos
Description:Usually spelled XANTHOS, this alternate name for APOLLO has a noble sound (pronounced ZHAN-thos) and can always be shortened to Xan.
Description:This name of an ancient Greek historian sounds too long-ago and faraway to consider for a modern child.
Origin:Variation of Xuliana, Galician
Description:An older name with a modern sensibility — Xiana derives from Xuliana, the Galician variation of Juliana.
Origin:English invented name, possibly inspired by Greek
Description:A modern invented name, possibly a variation on Ziola, which comes from Greek Zoilos "life, alive". It appears in several songs by the band Jane's Addiction, inspired by the adopted name of a former girlfriend of one of the band members.
Description:Sounds like the name of a new synthetic fabric.
Description:As long as nobody connects it with xenophobia -- the fear of strangers and the unknown.
Origin:Spanish, diminutive of Alexandra
Description:The initial X is pronounced like a Z. Confusing? Potentially. But there are enough Alexandras and Xanders through the Western World these days that this spelling wouldn't seem outlandish.
Description:A lot of websites will say this is a feminine name, but this is not correct. Xolani is a masculine Zulu name stemming from the word “uxolo”, which means peace and goodwill. Beware – the X is pronounced as a one of the famous Zulu clicking sounds
Origin:Variation of Japanese Zen, form of Buddhism
Description:Xen might also be a minimalist reduction of Alexandra.
Origin:Spanish variation of Simon
Description:The J spelling -- both are pronounced as if they started with H -- is more common, but the X has more flair.
Description:Xanthipe, also spelled Xanthippe, is the name of the wife of Socrates. Challenging for English speakers, it's also dramatic and alluring.
Description:This name of the capital of an ancient Egyptian dynasty makes Lois X-rated.
Origin:Basque or Arabic
Meaning:"new house or bright"
Description:Modern feminine form of Xavier
Origin:Spelling variation of Zoe
Description:Zoe is one of those popular names that's inspired many spelling variations, and Xoe is one of the new ones. A simple name sure to attract a lot of attention.
Description:This attractive invented name is most commonly used among Spanish-speakers in the US.
Origin:Spanish nature name
Description:For any parents out there searching for a nature name starting with x -- and we doubt there are many -- this one, named for a Spanish monk called Ximenes, is a small tropical plant bearing wild limes.
Origin:Galician variation of John
Description:X names are always intriguing, and this Galician version of John is no exception...except, it seems like an awful lot of complication. Other variations of John that might prove more wearable in an English-speaking country include Ian, Evan, Sean, Juan, Johannes, Jansen, Giovanni, Ivan or Hans.
Origin:Spanish and Basque
Description:Ximen is not, as many think, the Spanish variation of Simon. It is derived from the medieval Basque name Semen (emphasis on the second syllable, but still completely unusable in the English-speaking world). It eventually gave way to many familiar Spanish names of today, including Jimeno and Ximena.
Description:The ethereal name of a Greek mythology sea nymph.