The time to choose a baby name has arrived! Congratulations! There are so many factors that contribute to selecting that perfect name and sometimes it feels overwhelming. As future parents we may think of things like whether or not a name fits with our last name or whether or not we are choosing a name that is too popular. We wonder how to avoid our child having a super common name (like one of the 10 other Aidans, Jacksons or Olivias in the class) and will forever need to be called by his or her last name initial: 'Is Olivia B. here today?' Ugh.
I am no stranger to this fear: being both fans of music, my husband and I loved the name Aria, for example, because it represents our shared passion of singing with its Italian meaning of 'solo opera song'. Before Game of Thrones and Pretty Little Liars came on the scene, the name was barely used and we thought we had the trifecta: a super unique, beautiful, and meaningful name to both of us. But with its growing popularity, we ditched the name in search for something more unique.
On our quest, we came across a new trend of looking to the stars - babies being named after their parents zodiac signs. Or rather combining characteristics their signs have in common to create beautiful baby names! This is a great option if you're one of those people who's all about reading your daily horoscope (guilty) but even if you're not into any of the 'woo woo' stuff, its just another fun element you can use when choosing a name for your new arrival.
The name Clara is a Latin baby name, popular in France and Spain. In Latin, the meaning of the name Clara is from the feminine form of the Latin adjective 'clarus' meaning bright or clear. Clara is a fabulous name for parents with a Virgo and Gemini sign combination. Geminis are known for their intellect, sharp wit and charisma, while Virgos are known to be thoughtful and hard working (pulling in the double meaning of bright as being both vibrant and smart).
The aspect of being bright works well with both these signs. People with this name are competent, practical, and often obtain great power and wealth. They tend to be successful in commercial affairs, and are able to achieve great things. In numerology, another form of astrology, this name is held by those who have a deep inner desire for love and companionship, and want to work with others to achieve peace and harmony.
Derived from the same Greek word as the plant name, Basil is a Greek baby name but is also used in England and North America. St Basil the Great was Bishop of Caesarea in the latter half of the 4th century and was introduced into Western Europe during the crusades. In Greek, the meaning of the name Basil is royal or kingly and is a great name for parents with Leo and Libra zodiac signs.
Leo, known as the lion, is also a representation of a king. The Libra sign is represented by the scales, also indicating traits that include leadership and justice-based decision making. Both signs have strong traits that represent management and governance and the name Basil is a great way represent parents in this way. People with this name are excellent at analyzing, understanding, and learning. They also have a deep inner desire to use their abilities in leadership, and to have personal independence and tend to be mystics, philosophers, scholars, and teachers.
The name Serena, borne by an early Christian saint, is a baby girl name and is popular in Italy, Spain, and North America. It is the feminine form of the Latin word for serene, meaning calm or tranquil. This name is an excellent choice for mom and dad who’s Zodiac signs are Cancer and Virgo. Cancer is a water sign, with traits that include being sensitive and emotional, while Virgos can be considerate, thoughtful and helpful.
When I picture Serena, I picture a sensitive and considerate individual who helps to maintain serenity in a chaotic world. People with this name have a deep inner desire to inspire others in a higher cause, and to share their own strongly held views on spiritual matters. In the popular Americanized anime Sailor Moon, Serena is the main and title character. She is often the cry-baby of the bunch (a nod to the Cancer sign), but can always be relied on to save the day, lending to the dependability of her Virgo side.
The baby boy name Naor, pronounced as Naa-AO-R is a wonderful name for a new bundle of joy. Naor is of Hebrew origin, and is used mostly in Hebrew speaking countries but also in a few other countries and languages of the world. Naor means enlightened and cultured and the name would fit nicely with parents who have Gemini and Libra signs. Geminis are known for their intellect while Libras are known for their diplomacy and sophistication. Naors would have a winning combination of relating to both stellar traits.
This is a great name for parents looking for something unique. It is not even listed in the top 1000 baby names and could be used in with a few of different spellings like Nahor, or Nahyr. You can be pretty sure that you’ll be safe from last name initials in the class room with the use of this uncommon baby name.
The name Dianna is a baby girl name commonly used in French, as well as English, speaking European countries, and North America. In French, the meaning of the name Dianna is divine. This name is derived from the Mythological ancient Roman divinity Diana who was noted for beauty and swiftness; often depicted as a huntress. Dianna has also been popularize by Diana, Princess of Wales but is less common with new parents today, making it a great option for something a little different.
Dianna would be an excellent name for parents who share the signs of Virgo and Libra. Virgo means virgin and Libras are known to have an eye for beauty. With a meaning like divine, Dianna draws on these two traits to reveal a gorgeous name beautifully embodying these two Zodiac signs. Girls with this name have a deep inner desire to inspire others in a higher cause, and to share their own strongly held views on spiritual matters. They are excellent at analyzing, understanding, and learning.
The name Zeke is a Hebrew baby name that comes from the name Ezekiel. In Hebrew, the meaning of the name Zeke, or Ezekiel, is God strengthens, or may God strengthen. Biblical Ezekiel was a prophet among the captives taken to Babylon at the first fall of Jerusalem who wrote the Book of Ezekiel in captivity. Zeke would be a great name for mom and dad who have Leo and Scorpio signs. Scorpios are powerful, passionate and driven by a sense of purpose relating closely to Leo’s strong, courageous and loyal qualities.
Boys with this name have a deep inner desire to use their abilities in leadership, and to have personal independence. They would rather focus on large, important issues, and delegate the details. People with this name tend to be quiet, cooperative, considerate, sympathetic to others, adaptable, balanced and sometimes shy. They are trustworthy, respecting the confidences of others, and make excellent diplomats, mediators and partners.
The name Casey is a baby name with different meanings depending on the culture it is being derived from. Used for both baby boys and girls, in some Celtic origins, the meaning of the name Casey is Brave but is also the Polish word meaning ‘proclamation of peace’ as a derivative of Cassandra, or Catherine. In Irish origin, the name Casey can also mean observant, alert, and vigorous.
Casey is a great name for Scorpio and Aries moms and dads because it touches on both sign’s traits: a brave, energetic confident Aries coupled with a persistent and charismatic Scorpio. People with this name have a deep inner desire for stability, loyalty and a sense of belonging. They are strong, driven, ambitious and usually very successful in financial matters. It is safe to say the Caseys dream big and have no problem doing whatever it takes to achieve those dreams.
The name Apollo is thick with mystique and legend. In Greek, the meaning of the name Apollo is 'manly beauty' and in Greek mythology, Apollo was the god of medicine and healing who drove his fiery chariot (the sun) through the sky. This god was later adopted in Roman times and in Latin, the meaning of the name Apollo is 'God of the Sun'. In Arthurian Legend, Apollo was an uncle of Tristan, who learns of an affair and plays an interesting role outing his nephew and furthering the plot and untangling an ancient love triangle.
Apollo would be very suitable to a baby boy whose parents are Libra and Sagittarius signs. With its many meanings, the name Apollo favors the almost Boho qualities of Sagittarius with its Greek/Latin meaning and also lends to Libras as an Arthurian Apollo in search of justice and doing the right thing. Boys with this name are also known to be competent, practical, and often obtain great power and wealth.
Made popular but the 90's television sitcom Frasier, the name Daphne has both Greek and Hebrew origins. The Greek meaning of the name Daphne is bay tree, or laurel tree. The Greek mythological nymph Daphne was rescued from the unwanted attentions of the god Apollo by being turned into a laurel bush. In Hebrew, the meaning of the name Daphne is victory. Virgo and Capricorn parents will love this name because it represents hardworking and ambitious qualities they both share.
The Greek legend of a nymph (a water fairy) being turned into a tree also ties into the notions of Capricorn being and earth sign and Virgo being a water sign, creating the perfect symbolic union of the two signs. Girls with this name tend to be creative and excellent at expressing themselves. They are often the center of attention, and enjoy careers that put them in the limelight.
Derived from Celtic origins, the meaning of the name Angus is exceptionally strong, or one of vigor. The name is more popular in Celtic regions like Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, but overall is still pretty uncommon and is a great option if you are looking for a unique name for your little boy.
Angus would be a great name for parents who are Aquarius and Scorpio signs as the name denotes a sense of confidence and leadership, a trait both signs share. Boys with this name are competent, practical, and often obtain great power and wealth. They are natural born leaders but also have a deep inner desire for order and physical creativity, and want to be involved in conventional, safe activities. The name Angus was also featured in Shakespeare’s Macbeth, a Scottish Elizabethan tragedy. If you’re like me and you love poetry and theater, this is just an added bonus.
Originally found in Greek mythology but also pertaining to Swedish origin, the meaning of the name Helena is light, or the bright one. This is another name that exists in Shakespeare’s works; Helena being from the play All's Well That Ends Well as a gentlewoman protected by the Countess of Rousillon, and in A Midsummer Night's Dream' as a woman in love with Demetrius, who is immersed in the magic of the fairies.
Helena would be a great name for mom and dad whose signs are Pisces and Gemini. Pisces tend to always look on the bright side, showing traits of empathy and softness, and Gemini are smart with intellect and quick to help others. This combination allows for this name to shine (pun intended), setting it apart from the others in terms of uniqueness and beauty. Girls with this name tend to be passionate, compassionate, intuitive, romantic, and have magnetic personalities. They are usually humanitarian, broadminded, and generous.
The name Alexander is a Greek baby name that also has Biblical origins. In Greek origin and in the Bible, the meaning of the name Alexander is defender of men, or one who assists men. Of course the name is made famous by Alexander the Great, a 4th century Macedonian king for whom the Egyptian city of Alexandria is named. Eight popes and three Russian emperors have been named Alexander.
This name would be a fabulous option for parents with Leo and Aries signs. Both of these are fire signs and known for their fiery traits of confidence, pride, competitiveness, and passion. Boys with this name tend to be creative and excel at expressing themselves. They are drawn to the arts, and often enjoy life immensely. Alexander would truly fit the mold for parents looking for a very strong first name to go with those powerful traits. The name would also provide options for cute nicknames like Alex, Alexi or Xander, which I think is a lovely little extra.
Made famous by the pop sensation of the same name, Adele is a French and German baby name meaning good humor and nobility as the name comes from the Old German 'athal', meaning noble. People with this name have a deep inner desire to inspire others in a higher cause, and to share their personal views; very opinionated views at that. The passionate and nurturing traits of the name Adele make it the perfect name of a baby girl whose parents are Pisces and Cancer, as both signs share those traits.
People with this name tend to be passionate, compassionate, intuitive, romantic, and to have magnetic personalities. People can’t get enough of being around an Adele who is in the middle of powerful rant – her energy is electrifying! Ironically for the singer Adele, girls with this name also tend to be romantic and easily fall in love, but may be easily hurt and are sometimes quick-tempered. Do you have “Hello” playing in your head yet.
The name Dillon is another one of those names with multiple meanings and varies depending on where it originated. In Welsh, the meaning of the name Dillon is born near the sea, whereas in French, the meaning is ‘like a lion’. These are also different from the American meaning which is faithful, but in Irish, the name means like a son and comes from an Irish surname derived from the Old German first name Dillo.
Originally a boy’s name, but also recently trending as a girl’s name as well, this name would be perfect for parents with Capricorn and Leo Zodiac signs. Leo, of course, means lion, and Capricorns are known for their faithfulness and loyalty. Dillons are great at expression and creativity and love to be involved in many different activities at once. There are a variety of various spellings, including Dylan, Dilon, Dillan, etc. for those parents wanting to make the name even more unique.
The name Sophia is a Greek baby name meaning wisdom or wise. For what it may lack in uniqueness it gains through its use in popular culture. I love this name because it is a variation on Sophie, a character in the popular musical Mamma Mia. This name is perfect for parents who are Libra and Gemini signs because of its wise meaning; a trait that both signs share with Libra being scales of justice, and Gemini being an example of intellect.
People with this name have a deep inner need for quiet, and a desire to understand and analyze the world they live in, and to learn the deeper truths. Sophias are inspired by change, adventure, and excitement. They are dynamic, visionary and, versatile, able to make constructive use of freedom. They fight being restricted by rules and conventions and they tend to be optimistic, energetic, intelligent, and make friends easily.
The name Benen is of both Latin and Irish origin and means blessed and kind, respectively. This is a great name for mom and dad who have Taurus and Virgo signs because they both share the traits of thoughtfulness, consideration, kindness, and respect. It is very unique and uncommon, perfect for parents looking to stand out with an original name.
People with this name tend to be a powerful force to all whose lives they touch. They value truth, justice, and discipline, and may be quick-tempered with those who do not. But what they lack in their quick temper they make up for in their desire to help others. They are reliable and practical, with strong creative instincts. Boys with this name have a deep inner desire to use their abilities in leadership, and to have personal independence. They would rather focus on large, important issues, and delegate the details, than to get caught up in the drama of mini details, which I think is a quality we should all admire.
The name Maysa is a Muslim baby girl name. In Arabic, the meaning of the name Maysa means to walk with a proud swinging gait, and also denotes gracefulness and poise. This name would work well for Virgo and Leo parents. Maysa’s meaning of both pride and grace suits Leo (the proud lion) and Virgo (the graceful virgin) beautifully juxtaposed in a perfect way.
Girls with this name have a deep inner desire for love and companionship, and want to work with others to achieve peace and harmony. They are dynamic, versatile, able to think outside the box, and make constructive use of freedom. No rules for these girls; they fight being restricted by conventions and avoid conforming to societal pressures. They tend to be optimistic, energetic, intelligent, and make friends easily. They may be changeable, restless, untidy, and a tad rebellious, but when two strong signs come together, it’s no wonder the name Maysa is associated with such individualism.
The name Bryce is of both Anglo-Saxon and Celtic in origin. The Anglo-Saxon meaning of the name Bryce is son of a nobleman, while the Celtic meaning is ‘swift’. This name dates back to the middle ages and is known for St Brice, sometimes called St. Britius, who was a 5th century Bishop of Tours who bore the name.
This name is great for babies whose parents have Capricorn and Gemini signs. Geminis and Capricorns are both very ambitious people with high intellect, and the sharp character trait of the Bryce meanings sits well with these two signs. Boys with this name have a deep inner desire for travel and adventure, and want to set their own pace in life without being governed by tradition. They are very confident and have strong personalities. Bryces tend to be very successful in anything they put their mind to and are especially known for being career oriented.
The feminine of ‘Brian’, the name Brianna is an Irish baby name. In Irish, the meaning of the name Brianna is strong or strength because of its relationship to Brian, which has been used in England since the Middle Ages, and is possibly connected with the Irish word for ‘hill’ or 'he ascends’. Tenth century Brian Boru was a high king and great national hero of Ireland. In several Irish myths and legends, Briana is also known to be a fierce warrior. She is depicted with fiery red hair and is somewhat rebellious in nature.
Brianna would be very suitable to parents with Leo and Sagittarius Zodiac signs. Both signs stand for freedom and confidence, and hold further traits of power and leadership. Girls with this name don’t have a problem fighting for what they believe in and standing up for a higher cause. They are also smart and use their ambition wisely, but tend to live a little on the edge. I love the name Brianna for a cute but sassy little girl, where there’s never a dull moment.
The name Isaac is a Hebrew baby name that means ‘he laughs’, or laughter. Isaac is a famous biblical name as he was the only son born to Abraham and his wife Sarah (in the Old Testament). Famous Isaac namesakes include: British scientist Sir Isaac Newton (who discovered gravity) and the great violinist Itzhak Perlman.
Isaac is a great name for parents with Pisces and Libra because of its positive meaning. Both signs carry traits that denote positivity and looking on the bright side, and this name would do just fine for parents wanting a little bundle of joy to light up their lives. Isaacs look to have harmony and balance in their lives, and respond positively to beautiful things. I love this name because it is an ‘older’ name that is making a comeback. It is still well known but not used as often as it was before the turn of the century, proving it is a great name that deserves revival.