-Just as every beautiful baby is unique in personality and appearance, so too are the names we choose for them. Names are more than what we call our children. They have meaning, stemming from ancient history, countries of origin, family members, or personal preferences. We name our children for a variety of reasons, drawing inspiration from around the globe to select the perfect consonants and vowels which best represent them.
Some parents prefer classic English names like George and Mary, while others lean toward the unique like Alianna and Jayvion. One family might choose a name from literature, selecting a Shakespeare character or something from Oscar Wilde, while another might lean on celebrity titles for guidance. Whatever name a baby is given, it helps him or her to create an identity.
Whether expecting a new addition to the family, or simply enjoying the history and linguistics which go into creating a name, this quiz will allow the exploration of a variety of baby names and meanings. Rate these names to find out what a future kiddo might be called. Prefer Addison or Peyton? Mason or Thomas? Zelda or Marie? Who knows, the answers might even reveal a name never considered before.
This name originated as a surname in 14th century England, meaning “son of Jack”, but has since become a popular first name for a baby male, and more recently a baby female. The variations of this name are endless, including Jaxon, Jacksyn, and Jaksin. This is a perfect namesake for babies born in cities named Jackson, or to honor a relative.
The feminine version of the name Noël, Noëlle is rooted firmly in old French culture and means “Christmas”. A whimsical festive name for a December baby, Noëlle paints a picture of soft white snow and a tinkling laugh. It’s perfect for a family seeking something fun but with historical value.
Popular during the medieval period in Europe, Thomas means, “twin”, and is originally from the Aramaic language. With variations in many different languages, Thomas is widely used in several countries around the world. Thomas is the name of many great men throughout history, such as Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Edison. It’s just right for a strong man with a bright future.
A Latin name, meaning “from Cyprus”, Sabrina is feminine and bright. Shorten it to Bree, Breen, or Brina to give it a unique twist, or leave it in its classic state. With the recent fame of the magical television series with the same name, there are sure to be many babies named Sabrina in the near future.
Meaning, “blooming”, Chloe is a beautiful example of a strong but whimsical female name. Originating from the Greek, Khloe, it’s become increasingly popular over the past 5-years and continues to climb the baby name charts in North America and Europe. For a short and sweet name with years of history behind it, Chloe is just right.
From ancient Hebrew, Gabriel has different meanings, most revolving around the idea of strength and heroism. A romantic name, Gabriel is just right for a future musician, poet, or playwright. Shorten it to Gabe for a less formal sounding name or keep it in its true form, either way it’s sure to turn heads when people hear it in a crowd.
Originally meaning, “from Doris”, a Grecian district, the name Dorian was made popular by the 1890 gothic tale by Oscar Wilde. An inspiring name with an intriguing history, it paves the way for a world full of possibilities and big dreams. Could it be the right fit for a future baby boy?
Once a masculine name stemming from the old Norse Hrafn, Raven is commonly used today as a female name. The meaning of this name falls squarely on its animal counterpart, which is a majestic black bird made famous by Edgar Allan Poe in 1845. Raven sings of strong willed women, female pride, and wisdom.
A form of the masculine name, Charles, Charlotte is a female name with French roots, perfect for parents with a love of the classics. Meaning, “petite” or “small”, babies named Charlotte prove that you don’t have to be big to have a large purpose. With royal ties throughout history, Charlotte is a wonderful name for the next little princess in the family.
A Latin name meaning, “man of Attica”, Atticus was originally used as a nickname in ancient Rome. It was made famous in 1960 with Lee Harper’s book starring protagonist Atticus Finch, and has since become a popular male name across Europe and North America. A unique sounding name with an unmistakable strength and attitude, it’s perfect for the entrepreneur or athlete.
For the famed Italian city, a French tribute to Saint Florentia, or simply because old English names are making a comeback, Florence is a beautiful feminine name, perfect for a Spring baby. Meaning “to bloom” or “to blossom”, this is a great way to celebrate a potential green thumb or just a beautiful baby.
With deep ties to Norse mythology, Loki was a trickster and son of Odin. This is a great name for a unique and witty boy, especially if his parents love history, comic books, and blockbuster movies! While the roots of this name are those of myth, it has become a very real modern baby name.
An English name for a female linked to the beautiful Lily flower, Lillian is soft and feminine. Shorten it to Lil or Lily, or combine it with another name to create your own. For example, Lily-belle makes a wonderful nickname for a Lillian Isabella, turning a popular name into a unique one.
An Irish baby name, Finn or Fynn is a masculine name meaning “fair”. While the name is traditionally male it has become a gender-neutral name, gaining popularity across North America. Whether you’re a fan of the Mark Twain classic, or a Gleek, this name can is perfect for pop culture loving parents.
Quinn is a popular name for both males and females but has been associated mostly with females in pop culture as of late. From the Irish surname, O’Quinn, Quinn is a bubbly yet strong name meaning “wisdom” or “intelligence”. Looking for a quirky name for your future rocket scientist? Consider Quinn.
Another gender neutral name, Jude is sweet on a male or female, and can be a shortened form of the names Judith or Judah. Made popular by the 1968 Beatles Song, “Hey Jude” written by Paul McCartney and meaning, “praise”, Jude is nice fit for any future poet or song writer.
A popular English name, Elizabeth is of Greek descent, stemming from the Hebrew name Elisheba. It means, “oath of God”, and is consistently in the top 100 baby names both in Europe and North America. Elizabeth is a strong female name found in royalty, literature, and movies, it also makes a great middle name.
Ashton is a solid name for a male or female and was originally a surname in England. The meaning of Ashton is rooted to its place of birth, “Ash Tree Town”. Now, Ashton is used commonly as a first name, and became popular in the late 90’s in the United States. Could it be time for a come back?
First recorded in the William Shakespeare play, Cymbeline, Imogen is a popular name in Great Britain, and has slowly made its way into Western culture. Linked to creative individuals like actress Imogen Poots and singer Imogen Heap, this is a wonderfully creative name for any future singer, writer, or actress.
Depending on where you look, Easton is thought to be either an English name meaning, “from East Town”, or a Scottish name meaning simply, “East”. Either way, this beautiful masculine name provides a sense of balance and calm, just right for a baby with earth loving parents living green lifestyles.
An Old-English surname meaning, “bright” or “dark”, Blake is a gender-neutral name perfect for a baby with a strong personality. As a female name, Blake sounds just right for a future activist, lawyer, or doctor. Made popular by actress Blake Lively, any female with this name is sure to rock no matter which path she chooses.
A welsh name derived from the Celtic, Aidan, Hayden means, “fire”. A gracefully masculine name with both soft and hard sounds throughout, this is a great choice for a baby who’s sure to be strong but soft-hearted. The only downside might be trying to discover a nickname for this spirited lad.
From the Latin word, “fides”, faith means, “strong belief”, and was extremely popular in the 17th century among puritans. Still a common name today, Faith is a beautiful ethereal sounding name with strong ties to spirituality. Shorted it to Fae, or try the nickname Faithy for a twist on this classic.
A classic name with English and Scottish heritage, Porter was the name given to the keeper of the gates in a city surrounded by a wall. This masculine name is a great find for parents hoping for a child who will open his own doors, stand up for himself and others, and pave his own path in the world.
A Latin name with ties to old Shakespearean times, the name Miranda means, “worthy of admiration”. In Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”, Miranda was a female raised by a magician. Full of old world magic and new age charm, this is a beautiful name with a classic sound and a mysterious history.
An Old-English male name meaning “wood” or “brave. This was a surname in Medieval times usually spelled Wyat or even Guyat. Now, Wyatt has taken a firm stand in modern society, even being the name of some famous stage musicians, and actors like Wyatt Oleff. This name sounds fitting for a playful boy who’s sure to grow into a strong male role model.
From the Scottish name Andrew, Drew is a sweet name for either a male or a female. With both masculine and feminine notes, Drew as a female name is strong but sweet. Made popular by actress Drew Barrymore, this is an equally top choice for a future fairy princess or astronaut.
A male name with Hebrew ties, Benjamin means, “son of my right hand”, and was a popular choice for the youngest in the family. Short forms of this name include Ben, Benny, and Benji, making it a great choice for parents who want to customize and not stick with the classic.
Amanda is from the Latin word, “gerundive” and means “worthy of love”. A wildly popular name throughout the 1980’s, many Amanda’s shorten it to Amy or Mandy. First seen in the early 1200’s, it was made famous in the 1500’s when it became a common name in poetry and plays. Just right for an aspiring actress or singer.
An English name meaning, “cheerful”, any parent of a baby named Tate is sure to be just that. A quirky name with classic lineage and a uniquely modern feel, Tate is just right for an original baby with plans to conquer his dreams. Plus, it comes with the very cheeky opportunity for the nickname, “Tater”.
Vivian is such a beautifully feminine sounding name, it’s surprising to note that it was originally considered masculine. From the Latin, “vivus”, meaning, “alive”, it became increasingly common during the middle ages for males. Now, popular as a female name in North America and Europe, Vivian offers the unique use of the letter V and some adorable nicknames, including Viv.
The meaning behind the name Roman might be obvious, but this classically heroic name is still unique. Dating back to ancient Rome and meaning, “of Rome”, Roman conjures images of capes, horses and spears. It’s a strong name for a strong male baby and comes with the built in nicknames of “Rome” or even “Romeo”.
There’s no female baby name more romantic than Juliet. Of French descent and meaning, “youthful”, this glamorous and classic name was made famous in Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”. While the play might have been a tragedy, this beautiful baby name is anything but. Perfect for an aspiring drama queen.
From the Latin, Vincentius, and meaning “to conquer”, this is a strong male baby name if ever there was one. Vincent became popular in England and Ireland due to French influence, creating variances on the name, such as VIncentare and Uinsionn. Choose the classic, or shorten it to Vince, either way it’s the name of a future champion.
Meaning “divine”, the name Diana comes from the Latin word, “Diviana”, and is used throughout Roman mythology as a representation of strong feminine spirit. While it sounds rather soft and feminine, this name has the spirited soul of a fighter, perfect for a strong female role model and future leader.