LGBTQIA Plus Names

Names inspired by LGBTQIAP+ (Lesbian, Gay, Trans, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, and Pansexual) figures of history and today along with symbols associated with Pride and the community.
  1. Artemis
    • Origin:

      Greek mythology name
    • Meaning:

      "safe or butcher"
    • Description:

      Artemis, one of the key figures of the female Greek pantheon, is the ancient virgin goddess of the hunt, wilderness, animals, childbirth, and a protector of young girls, later associated with the moon. Artemis is the equivalent to the Roman Diana, but a fresher and more distinctive, if offbeat, choice.
  2. Audre
    • Baker
      • Origin:

        English occupational surname
      • Description:

        One of the most appealing of the newly hip occupational names, evoking sweet smells emanating from the oven. Much fresher sounding than than others that have been around for a while, like Cooper, and Carter.
    • Baldwin
      • Origin:

        German
      • Meaning:

        "brave friend"
      • Description:

        One "bald" name we can get behind, thanks to pioneering African-American author James Baldwin – though the name is now also associated with the Baldwin brothers, particularly Alec.
    • Bayard
      • Origin:

        English
      • Meaning:

        "russet-haired"
      • Description:

        An old English redhead name -- one of the few that doesn't begin with the letter r -- with references both to a famous French knight and a magical horse.
    • Cleve
      • Origin:

        Diminutive of Cleveland
      • Description:

        Appealing short form of the stuffy Cleveland, occasionally used on its own.
    • Ellen
      • Origin:

        English variation of Helen
      • Meaning:

        "torch; shining light"
      • Description:

        An medieval English form of Helen, the sensitive but clear-eyed Ellen has swung in and out of style for centuries, often alternating with the parent name. Ellen was the more common in medieval England, until after the Renaissance, when Helen overtook her. In Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence, set at the end of the nineteenth century, one character wonders why another has not changed her "ugly" given name to something prettier, like Elaine—a statement few would make today.
    • Edie
      • Gilbert
        • Origin:

          German
        • Meaning:

          "shining pledge"
        • Description:

          Considered ultra debonair in the silent-movie era, Gilbert then went through a nerdy phase, a la Gilbert Gottfried. Now though, like Albert and Alfred and Walter and Frank, it could be in for a style revival.
      • Harvey
        • Origin:

          French
        • Meaning:

          "battle worthy"
        • Description:



          Harvey, which was brought to England by the Normans and is a version of the French name Herve, is a genial, old-timey name that has been much more popular across the pond. It has been a Top 100 choice in England & Wales since 1997.
      • Ian
        • Origin:

          Scottish version of John
        • Meaning:

          "the Lord is gracious"
        • Description:

          Ian is Scottish form of John, derived from the Hebrew name Yohanan. It is an Anglicization of the Scottish Gaelic Iain, which is also a viable spelling. Ian was introduced to Americans by Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond.
      • Iris
        • Larry
          • Origin:

            Diminutive of Lawrence, English from Latin
          • Meaning:

            "from Laurentium or bay laurel"
          • Description:

            Your friendly next-door neighbor...not your baby. Although Larry was once one of the most popular boys' names starting with L, that title now belongs to Liam.
        • Loki
          • Origin:

            Norse mythological name
          • Meaning:

            "lock"
          • Description:

            Loki is the shape-shifting, gender-bending god of mischief in Norse mythology. Taking several animal forms, from a salmon to a seal to a fly, Loki is alternately friend and foe of the gods.
        • Laverne
          • Marsha
            • Origin:

              Variation of Marcia, diminutive of Marcella
            • Meaning:

              "warlike"
            • Description:

              Marcia is the most common version of this group of names in the U. S., now found more often among moms and grandmas than babies. Marsha was a Top 100 name in the 1950s, when Marcy was its common go-by name.
          • McKellen
            • Oscar
              • Origin:

                English or Irish
              • Meaning:

                "God spear, or deer-lover or champion warrior"
              • Description:

                Oscar is one of the most stylish Old Man Names of our era. While it's softened slightly in popularity over the past 20 years, that may be considered a very good thing.
            • Rainbow
              • Origin:

                English
              • Meaning:

                "rainbow"
              • Description:

                Colorful, yes, but also probably among the hippiest of hippie names. Holly Madison recently chose it for her little girl.
            • Rose
              • Origin:

                Latin
              • Meaning:

                "rose, a flower"
              • Description:

                Rose is derived from the Latin rosa, which referred to the flower. There is also evidence to suggest it was a Norman variation of the Germanic name Hrodohaidis, meaning "famous type," and also Hros, "horse". In Old English it was translated as Roese and Rohese.