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Nautical Baby Names

Think waves and wind, sails and sand — these names evoke the strength, beauty and wildness of the deep blue sea and those who navigate its waters. - Created by ceryle

  • Anchor

    Sounds a little bit like 'anger,' but still makes for a strong, unexpected word name.

  • Bay

    Unisex pick that doubles as a spice name.

  • Beacon

    A bright alternative to Deacon and Brecken.

  • Blue

    Too daring as a first, perhaps, but a rich unisex middle.

  • Cerulean

    You could use this color name on a girl too — or shorten to the frillier Cerulea.

  • Clove

    Another unisex spice name with Hunger Games ties, or the name of a handy sailing knot.

  • Coral

    Not as popular as fellow vintage nature names Ruby and Pearl — though diminutive Coraline is in the U.S. top 1,000.

  • Cove

    Softer but more daring than Cohen, Cody, Cole and other Co- names.

  • Cruz

    A homophone for 'cruise' that's breezy and cool.

  • Carrack

    Spelled Carrack, it's a type of ship; spelled Carrick, it's a nautical knot; either way, it could fit in with the Merricks and Kendricks of the world.

  • Darya

    A Persian name that means 'the sea.'

  • Delphine

    Means 'dolphin' and offers an alternative to the many -ine names topping the U.S. popularity chart.

  • Doris

    In Greek mythology, Doris was a sea nymph. Perhaps her name will see a resurgence with the rise of Dorothy and vintage-chic Mavis.

  • Dune

    Though it's been used in some contemporary literature, Dune hasn't found many real-life takers — but Rune's popularity could pave the way.

  • Dylan

    After a sea god in Welsh mythology, Dylan has long been a top pick for boys and is rising for girls.

  • Gal

    Wonder Woman might popularize this Hebrew name meaning 'wave.'

  • Gale

    More commonly Gail or Gayle for girls, but The Hunger Games made a case for its comeback on the boys' side.

  • Galiot

    A name for several types of ships over time, Galiot has the trendy -t ending of Wyatt, Elliot and Scarlett.

  • Harbor

    For girls, it's an offbeat alternative to Harper and Harlow, but a boy could wear Harbor too.

  • Heron

    Not Aaron, or Harry, but a tailored -n name that's stately but soft.

  • Ione

    A sea nymph in Greek mythology whose name might appeal to fans of Isla, Daphne and Phoebe.

  • Isle

    Serene, staid Isle is much rarer than its cousin Isla.

  • Jack

    Like the fish, or the flag.

  • Kai

    A Hawaiian name that means 'sea.'

  • Keel

    Or Kiel, or Keil — they're all pronounced like the structure that gives a boat stability.

  • Laine

    Pronounced somewhat like 'line-y' in Estonia and Finland, where it means 'wave.'

  • Lee

    A sailing term that's light and breezy for either gender.

  • Maren

    There's no shortage of Mar- names; this one is usually pronounced like Mary, with the accent on the first syllable.

  • Marin

    This one can be pronounced with the emphasis on the second syllable — like the California county — or like Maren. In Europe, it's unisex.

  • Marine

    Or Marina, for more pep.

  • Marlin

    A fishy take on Marlon, though you may have trouble shaking the Finding Nemo association.

  • Morgan

    Still a boy's name in Wales, though it's tipped to the girls' side in the U.S.

  • Morwenna

    Cornish name meaning 'waves of the sea' that could work for fans of Elowen and Bronwen.

  • Navy

    A colorful alternative to Nova, Ava, Maeve and other 'v' names.

  • Nerissa

    A Shakespearean pick meaning 'from the sea' that feels fresher than Melissa or Marissa.

  • Ocean

    Oceane is a popular girl's name in France, but unisex Ocean still feels like a Bohemian choice in the U.S.

  • Pearl

    Vintage revival with subtle luster.

  • Ray

    A sunny, short unisex option.

  • Reef

    Brief and buoyant, Reef is not far removed from favorites Leif, Rhys and Reed.

  • Riggs

    Calls to mind the rigging on a ship, and seems plausible next to Briggs and Rigby.

  • Sandy

    A somewhat dated unisex given name, or a nickname for Alexander.

  • Saylor

    Nautical chart-climber in the vein of Piper, Harper and Sawyer.

  • Shelley

    Though it may sound dated still, Shelley has timeless literary ties.

  • Skipper

    The nickname Skip might be more easily worn.

  • Tide

    A strong, surf-happy choice. But unless you're an Alabama fan, the detergent's a big deterrent.

  • Tiller

    A ship-related alternative to occupational names like Miller — for girls, it comes with cute nickname Tilly.